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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur John Lobb (1871-1928)

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Arthur John Lobb
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General merchant, grain and lumber dealer, MLA (1916-1920).

Born at Cornwall, England on 26 July 1871, son of John and Elizabeth Lobb, he was educated at English public schools and came to Manitoba in 1894. He worked as a farm hand for three years then farmed on his own account. He later became a general merchant and grain dealer. He operated a 4,000-acre farm at Gross Isle. He also acquired three general stores, three lumber yards, and three grain elevators, at Argyle (1918-1921), Grosse Isle (1918-1919), and Warren (1918-1930). He moved with his family to Winnipeg in 1910. On 27 January 1907, he married Elizabeth Jessie Geddes (1873-1954), daughter of Edward Geddes, of Wick, Scotland. They had four children: Opal Athalie Lobb (1909-1941, wife of Clayton R. Sarsfield), Garnet Arthur Edward Lobb (1909-?), Annie Florence Pearl Lobb (?-?, wife of Carl McFee), and Ruby Elizabeth Lobb (1903-1928, wife of Royden F. Riddell). He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1915 general election, serving one term. He ran unsuccessfully in the 1927 general election. He was a Liberal and a Methodist. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 191 Ethelbert Street, on 4 July 1928 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Federal Grain Elevator (Grosse Isle, RM of Rosser)


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1917.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Arthur J. Lobb, former M.L.A., died Wednesday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 July 1928, page 7.

“Arthur Lobb, former legislator, is dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 July 1928. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

“Deaths and funerals [Mrs. Roydon Riddell],” Manitoba Free Press, 22 August 1928, page 6.

“Deaths and funerals [Mrs. C. R. Sarsfield],” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 1941, page 7.

Obituary [Elizabeth Jessie Lobb], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 1954, page 22.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 November 2017

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