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Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Laird (1884-1946)

Grain merchant.

Born in the United States, son of Alexander Laird, he came to Canada in 1892. He worked for the Atlas Elevator Company prior to World War One and returned to the grain business after it. He retired from business in 1942. He and wife Augustine Marie Laird had three daughters. An active athlete, he enjoyed fishing, shooting and golf. He was an amateur golf champion several times. He was President of the Pine Ridge Golf Club and the Manitoba Seniors Golf Association, and a member of the St. Charles Country Club and the Lakewood Country Club. He died at Winnipeg on 2 January 1946 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Funeral service held Friday for Douglas Laird, grain dealer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 1946, page 13.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 September 2014

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