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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Jefferson (1871-1929)


Born in Yorkshire, England on 19 January 1871, he was a noted athlete and sprinter in his youth. He immigrated to Canada in 1896, settled in the Fort Rouge neighbourhood of Winnipeg, and there married Sara Gatley (1868-1957) on 1 September 1897. The couple had six daughters: Dorothy Marguerite Jefferson, Nora Jean Jefferson (1900-?, wife of Arnid Arthur Anderson), Phyllis Jefferson (1902-?), Edith Roberta Jefferson (1904-?, wife of George Gobert), Edna Lorene Jefferson (1906-?, wife of Charles Edward Hotel), and Marjorie Jefferson (1908-?, wife of Maurice Gobert). He took up dairy farming, established Jefferson’s Dairy, and was President of the Winnipeg Dairymen’s Association (1922-1928), of which he was made a Life Member in 1928. He was a member of the Yorkshire Society of Winnipeg and active in his local church. He died at his Winnipeg home on 7 January 1929 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cambridge School (Cambridge Street, Winnipeg)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1916 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

“Ayrshires,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 July 1908, page 5.

“Dairymen meet officials,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 February 1910, page 9.

“A. [sic, R.] Jefferson was re-elected President...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 March 1923, page 2.

“Dairymen believe in official cow contest,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 March 1924, page 6.

“E. R. Tailleur heads Winnipeg Dairymen,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 April 1928, page 3.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 9 January 1929, page 9.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 9 January 1929, page 17.

Death notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 10 January 1929, page 4.

“There’s money in milk cows, says Deputy Minister,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 26 March 1938, page 17.

Obituary [Sara Jefferson], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1957, page 9.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 January 2018

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