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Memorable Manitobans: William Dodd (1846-1924)

Boot and shoe merchant.

Born at London, Ontario, he came to Winnipeg in 1873 and was the first citizen to pay his taxes under the city incorporation. He established a boot and shoe store at the corner of McDermot Avenue and Main street, later relocating it to various points on Main Street and Portage Avenue. He retired from business around 1912.

He and wife Elizabeth Smith (1855-1924) had two children: Mary Alice Dodd (b 1878) and Charles Dodd (b 1883). He was one of the founders of the Winnipeg Gun Club and served as its president. He was a member of the AF & AM (St. John’s Lodge).

He died at his Winnipeg home on 1 April 1924 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


“Death of Wm. Dodd Removes City Pioneer” Newspaper clipping dated 2 April 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Page revised: 8 March 2009

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