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Memorable Manitobans: David Anderson Ritchie (1858-1942)

Grocer, municipal official.

Born at Omah, County Tyrone, Ireland on 1 August 1858, he came to Canada in 1879 and settled at Toronto, Canada West (now Ontario). He came to Winnipeg in 1881 and, the following year, built a grocery store at the corner of Main Street and Jarvis Avenue. He retired from business in 1929. He and wife Ellen Moriarty (1854-1923) had five children: John Lawrence Ritchie (1877-1942), Etta J. Ritchie (1882-1976), Mary E. Ritchie (1885-?), David Anderson Ritchie (1886-?), and Ruth Agnes Ritchie (1889-?, wife of John Condie). He was a member of the Winnipeg City Council in 1901 but was defeated in the December 1903 municipal election. He died at Winnipeg on 1 June 1942 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. He is commemorated by Ritchie Street in Winnipeg.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Some surprises at yesterday’s polls,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 December 1903, page 1.

“Dies after 40 years in city,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 May 1923, page 2.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“D. A. Ritchie, pioneer, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 June 1942, page 17.

Obituary, Western Municipal News, June 1942, page 154.

Obituary [Etta J. Ritchie], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1976, page 33.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2020

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