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Memorable Manitobans: William Irvine Elder (1870-1930)

Farmer, horse buyer.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 25 June 1870, son of David and Jane Elder, he moved to Woodbridge, Ontario then came to Manitoba in 1891. For about 20 years he farmed near Rounthwaite. He moved to Lake Elmore, Minnesota to serve as superintendent of the Cloverdale Stock Farm but returned to Manitoba a year later and settled at Brandon where he worked as a horse buyer. He purchased horses for the federal government during the First World War and he officiated at horse races around the province.

On 11 March 1896, he married Annie May Doherty of the Brandon Hills. They had five children: Laura Jean Irvine Elder (b 1897), David Newton Elder (b 1898), William Elder (b 1899), Campbell Elder (b 1902), and George T. Elder. He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, Knights of Pythias, and the Presbyterian church.

He retired to Winnipeg, where he died at his home, 307 Niagara Street, on 2 April 1930. He was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Wm. I. Elder, popular sportsman, succumbs,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 April 1930, page 1.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 5 April 1930, page 38.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2013

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