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Memorable Manitobans: William A. Davis (1855-?)

Merchant, municipal official.

Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 4 November 1855, son of Frederick Davis and Cecelia Dunning, at the age of 15 he went to work for three years as a clerk and bookkeeper for the lumber firm of Batson and Currier, which operated a sash, door and blind factory. He then worked as assistant deputy sheriff of Ottawa for two years, followed by five years as a bookkeeper for the City of Ottawa. In the spring of 1882, he came to Manitoba and took out a homestead claim north of Gladstone. He farmed for 23 years, quitting in 1905 to work for five years as chief forest ranger for the federal government at Dauphin, later opening a meat market in 1911. In 1895, he married Annie Zimmerman at Gladstone. They had six children: Frederick Davis, John Davis, William Davis, Elsie Davis, Edna Davis, and Annie Davis. He was a member of the Anglican Church, Masons, and IOOF. He served on the Dauphin town council.

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The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2018

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