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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Byron Lawson (1868-1945)

Farmer and horseman.

Born at Kingston, Kent County, New Brunswick on 26 August 1868, he came to Manitoba in 1886. He settled on a farm near Darlingford where he bred Clydesdale horses that he showed at stock shows and fairs around Manitoba and at Toronto and Chicago, winning numerous prizes. He also worked as a grain buyer. In 1910, he was one of the founders of the short-lived Darlingford Brick and Tile Company. He was married twice, first on 14 September 1887 to Margaret Ledingham (1853-1915), and second on 20 March 1916 to Catherine C. Masson (1895-1951) with whom he had six children: Albert Edward Masson “Bert” Lawson (1916-1980), Ruth Lawson (1918-?, wife of Mel Hunt), Robert J. “Bob” Lawson (1920-?), Edward Lawson (?-?), Pearl Lawson (?-?, wife of Gray Searle), and Kenneth William “Ken” Lawson. He died at Darlingford on 7 August 1945 and was buried in the Darlingford Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“To honor man who won prizes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 January 1923, page 2.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Albert B. Lawson, Darlingford, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 August 1945, page 3.

Obituary [Albert Edward Masson Lawson], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 1980, page 49.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 November 2019

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