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Memorable Manitobans: John Sutherland Ridley (1881-1934)

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John Sutherland Ridley
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Merchant, MLA (1921-1922).

Born at Parkhill, Ontario on 6 April 1882, son of John W. Ridley and Elisabeth Boyd, he farmed in early life and was later engaged in the implement business in partnership with his brother, and conducted a large cattle business at Manitou. In his youth he played on the Manitou Lacrosse Club, champions of Manitoba in 1904.

He represented the Manitou constituency in the provincial legislature for a single term, elected in the 1920 general election, and defeated in the 1922 general election. On 19 December 1906, he married Sarah Edna Kealey (1887-1960), with whom he had four children: Harold Edward Ridley (1908-?), Maurice Evans Ridley, James Ivan Ridley (1914-?), and Mabel Eileen Ridley (1915-?). He was a member of the United Church.

He died at Manitou on 2 May 1934 and was buried in the Manitou Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 June 2022

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