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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh John Davidson (1899-1965)

Pharmacist, community activist.

Born at Cartwright on 11 September 1899, son of physician David Davidson and Mary Ann Laughlin, he worked as a pharmacist there. He served 18 years on the Cartwright School Board, led the Cartwright United Church choir for many years, led and played in the local band, and was President of the Cartwright Chamber of Commerce. He lobbied actively for the construction of Highway #281 (now #5) and for the installation of water and sewer system in the village. On 7 September 1963, he received a Golden Boy Award from Colin D. Ciley, President of the Manitoba Travel and Convention Association, during a motorcade on the “La Verendrye Trail” in southwestern Manitoba. He died in 1965.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Motorcade retraces trail of explorer La Verendrye,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1963, page 2.

We thank Vicki Wallace for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 May 2013

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