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Memorable Manitobans: David Cannon (1844-1925)


Born in Ireland in 1844, he came to Canada with his parents while quite young, settling first at Quebec and then at Kingston, Ontario. He learned the printing trade and worked at it in Quebec, New York, and Ottawa. He came to Manitoba in 1882 where his first job was with the Rapid City Standard, in 1883. The following year, he moved to Minnedosa and worked on the Tribune, owned at that time by William Gibbons. Shortly afterwards he purchased the paper and operated it for the next 35 years, selling it in 1918 to Adam Crossley. He served as President of the Western Canada Press Association. He died at Minnedosa on 25 June 1925 and was buried in the Westhope Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Newspaper publisher dies at Minnedosa,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 June 1925, page 8.

“Death claims veteran Manitoba journalist,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 June 1925, page 5.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 August 2017

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