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Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Laird (1884-1946)

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Douglas Laird
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Grain merchant.

Born at Chicago, Illinois on 28 August 1884, son of banker Alexander Laird and Mary Sharrar, he was educated in public schools of Yonkers, New York, the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, and Princeton University (BS 1906). He worked for the Quaker Oats Company at Peterborough, Ontario (1906-1907) and Akron, Ohio (1907-1908).

In September 1908, he began to work for the Atlas Elevator Company, serving as its Secretary. He retired from business in 1942 as proprietor of Douglas Laird Limited.

On 9 October 1909, he married Augustine Marie Adams (c1887-1980) of Rosedale, Ontario and they had three daughters: Augustine Oliver Laird (1911-?, wife of James Edgar Esson), Elizabeth “Betty” Laird (?-?, wife of P. H. Kilvert), and Margaret Kathleen Laird (1920-?, wife of R. M. Henderson). An active athlete, he enjoyed fishing, shooting, and golf. He was an amateur golf champion several times. He was President of the Pine Ridge Golf Club and Manitoba Seniors Golf Association, and a member of the St. Charles Country Club and Lakewood Country Club.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 2 January 1946 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


“Wedding bells peal,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 October 1909, page 8.

Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 440.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Funeral service held Friday for Douglas Laird, grain dealer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 1946, page 13.

Obituary [Augustine Marie Laird], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 1980, page 72.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 October 2021

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