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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Hunter Young (1876-1965)

Real estate agent, municipal official.

Born near Lower Fort Garry in 1876, son of David Young and Rosina Arabella Somerville (1847-1917), he was educated at St. John’s College. In 1897 he went to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush and spent seven years mining in the gold fields. He returned to Winnipeg in 1904 and worked for the Western Iron Works (later renamed the Western Steel and Iron Weeks) until 1907 when he established a real estate agency, representing the Selkirk Land and Investment Company and the Hunter Young Realty Company. He was married twice. His first marriage, in 1909, was to Sarah Elizabeth “Birdie” Nugent (?-c1930). They had a daughter: Rosina Arabella Young (b 1911, wife of Jack Grattan). After his wife’s death, he married Elsie Crane Gemmel (1895-1961) in 1933. They had a daughter, Barbara Anne Young (b 1934, wife of Arthur Sparling). During the First World War, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served with the 179th Battalion. He was later Commanding Officer of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders from 1933 to 1937. He was a member of the Masons (Northern Light Lodge No. 10) and served as a councillor (and Reeve) of the Rural Municipality of Fort Garry. He died at Winnipeg on 27 August 1965 and was buried in the Little Britain Cemetery.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1965, page 25.

We thank Donald Young for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 January 2019

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