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Memorable Manitobans: Richard John Dobbyn (1850-1950)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born near Shetland, Ontario on 9 April 1850, he came to western Canada in 1882 and lived on a homestead in southwestern Manitoba for one year before returning to Ontario. In 1891, he came back to Manitoba with his wife and their six children and settled on a farm near Melita. They moved into town in 1905 but continued to farm until 1935. He served as the Reeve for the RM of Arthur (1899-1900, 1907-1908) and Mayor of Melita (1919). He was a member of the Melita United Church and the Conservative party. He moved to Winnipeg in 1944 and died at the Misericordia Hospital on 17 August 1950. He was buried in the Melita Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dobbyn House (53 Boundary Street, Melita)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Ex-Melita Mayor looks back on a full century of living,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1950, page 3.

“Winnipegger dies in his 101st year,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 August 1950, page 10.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 July 2018

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