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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Edward Iredale (1868-?)

Businessman, farmer, postmaster.

Born at St. Mary’s, Ontario on 9 September 1868, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1882 when his father established the Hudson’s Bay Company grain mill at Elphinstone and later took up a farm near Dauphin. Iredale worked for three years as a clerk in the trading department of the HBC before being sent to the company’s post at Fort Qu’Appelle, North West Territories [now Saskatchewan]. He resigned two years later to operate his own general store there for the next ten years, returning to Dauphin in 1900 and purchasing a 480-acre farm. In 1903 he and other local farmers successfully petitioned the Canadian Pacific Railway for a platform for receiving and shipping grain, so he spent the next four years buying and shipping wheat. In 1907 he succeeded his father as postmaster of Dauphin.

He was married twice, first to Mary Maria Rowand (1868-1908): They had five children: William R. Iredale (b 1889), Elsie Mary Iredale (b 1891), Alma F. Iredale (b 1895), Lilian R. Iredale (b 1897), and Albert James Iredale (b 1900). His second wife, married on 29 June 1909, was Edith Victoria Wilson (?-?) of Owen Sound, Ontario. They had three daughters: Irene B. Iredale, Jean F. Iredale, and Sybil Iredale.

Sources:

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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: 5 March 2010

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