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Memorable Manitobans: David Clawson (1891-1961)


Born at Belfast, Ireland in December 1891, he immigrated to Canada in 1910. He settled at Winnipeg and joined the ranks of the Winnipeg Fire Department in 1913. He attained the ranks of Master Mechanic (1936) and Deputy Fire Chief (1946), after which he was Fire Chief of Winnipeg (1947-1957). Upon his retirement, he was made an honourary life member of the Winnipeg Fire Fighters Association. He married Mary Jane “Minnie” Boal (?-1969), daughter of Frank and Isabella Boal, at Winnipeg on 8 April 1915. They had three daughters; Dorothy Evelyn Clawson (c1917-1985, wife of Ernest Samuel Lennon) and Lillian Clawson (wife of J. B. Mearon), and Isabel Clawson (?-1958). He died at Winnipeg on 8 October 1961 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Personal and social,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 April 1915, page 6.

“Many friends gather to pay last tribute to Frank Boal,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 September 1929, page 4.

“Mrs. I. Boal, resident here for 50 years, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1936, page 26.

“They want Dunnett as City Fire Chief,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1956, page 4.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1961, page 30.

Obituary [Mary Jane Clawson], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1969, page 27.

Obituary [Dorothy Lennon], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1985, page 43.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 September 2014

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