Memorable Manitobans: William Robert Dick (1821-1904)
Lumber merchant, MLA (1875-1878).
Born at Kingston, Upper Canada [now Ontario] on 31 December 1821, he spent his boyhood and early manhood in Victoria County. In 1845, he married Isabella Willock and they had six children, including John Dick. He came to Manitoba in 1871 and was the first Reeve of Springfield in 1873. He founded a lumber business in partnership with his son-in-law W. W. Banning. He later purchased businesses in Rat Portage and Norman. In December 1874, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the constituency of Springfield and served one term. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 436 Edmonton Street, on 31 March 1904 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Death of a pioneer,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 April 1904, page 1.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 October 2018
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