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Memorable Manitobans: Harold George Dawson (1874-1956)

Grain merchant, community activist.

Born at Warkton, England on 16 March 1874, he came to Canada in 1882 and lived at Wapella, North West Territories [now Saskatchewan] where he founded the Canada West Grain Company and its subsidiary, Red River Grain Company. He also served as Mayor of Wapella. Coming to Winnipeg, he founded, and was the President for 25 years, of the Hugh John Macdonald Hostel and Chairman of the Central Welfare Council. He helped to form the Bulldog and Bells Club in north Winnipeg. He and wife Elizabeth Ann Dawson (1872-1958) had six sons: Phillip Walker Dawson (1900-1988), Rev. Richard Frailick “Dick” Dawson (1902-1988), John Allan “Jack” Dawson (1904-1996), Arthur Stephen Dawson (1905-1969), Harold Burdett Dawson (1906-1927), and Robert Paul Dawson (1909-1956). The family lived at 866 Palmerston Avenue. He died at Winnipeg on 27 December 1956 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Harold B. Dawson], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1927, page 3.

“Grainman, founder of hostel, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1956, page 25.

Obituary [Robert Paul Dawson], Winnipeg Tribune, 13 August 1956, page 23.

Obituary [Arthur Stephen Dawson], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 1969, page 39.

Obituary [Richard Frailick Dawson], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 1988, page 54.

Obituary [Phillip Walker Dawson], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1988, page 40.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 July 2020

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