Memorable Manitobans: Arthur John Lobb (1871-1928)
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 1920 and 1927 general elections, losing each time to William McKinnell. 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.
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.
“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: 2 January 2019
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