Memorable Manitobans: Lee Edith Peddie “Tommy” Johnson (1901-1986)
Born at Bristol, England on 7 December 1901, one of two children of May Wyndham Peddie (?-1971) and James Waddel Peddie (c1869-1946), she came with her family to Canada in 1907. They settled at Port Arthur [now Thunder Bay], Ontario.
In 1935, she became employed with the Winnipeg office of American grain brokerage firm Bolan and Cornelius, initially to replace a secretary. When the secretary did not return, she stayed on and became its Manager in 1944, serving until retirement in 1976. She was elected the first woman member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange in 1971, when its bylaws were modified to delete the word “male” from a description of the necessary qualifications.
On 25 July 1923, she married civil engineer Oscar R. Johnson (1901-1958) at Winnipeg. They had no children. She was President of the McKinnon Guild of the Children's Hospital, Governor of the Quota International Club, and a member of the Shrine Auxiliary and Niakwa Country Club.
She died at the Misericordia Hospital on 2 June 1986 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Marriage registration [Lena Edith Peddie, Oscar Johnson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“James Peddie, dies, aged 77,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 October 1946, page 19.
Obituary [James Waddel Peddie], Winnipeg Tribune, 8 October 1946, page 27.
“Civil engineer O. R. Johnson dies at age 57,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1958, page 8.
“Vessel broker becomes first woman member of Wpg. Grain Exchange,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 1971.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1986, page 47.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 November 2022