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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur John Lobb (1871-1928)

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Arthur John Lobb
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General merchant, grain and lumber dealer, MLA (1916-1920).

Born at Cornwall, England on 26 July 1871, son of John and Elizabeth Lobb, he was educated at English public schools and came to Manitoba in 1894. He worked as a farm hand for three years then farmed on his own account. He later became a general merchant and grain dealer. He operated a 4,000-acre farm at Gross Isle. He also acquired three general stores, three lumber yards, and three grain elevators, at Argyle (1918-1921), Grosse Isle (1918-1919), and Warren (1918-1930).

He was married twice, first to Bertha Jane Doak (1878-1907), daughter of John Doak and Jane Atwell of County Tyrone, Island. They had four daughters: Annie Florence Pearl Lobb (1902-1975, wife of Carl McFee), Ruby Elizabeth Lobb (1903-1928, wife of Royden F. Riddell), Edith Irene Lobb (1905-1905), and Fanny Lobb (1907-?). On 27 January 1909, he married Elizabeth Jessica Geddes (1873-1954), daughter of Edward Geddes of Wick, Scotland. They had two children: Opal Athalie Lobb (1909-1941, wife of Clayton R. Sarsfield) and Garnet Arthur Edward “Joe” Lobb (1909-1979). He moved with his family to Winnipeg in 1910. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1915 general election, serving one term. He ran unsuccessfully in the 1920 and 1927 general elections, losing each time to William McKinnell. He was a Liberal and a Methodist.

He died at his Winnipeg residence, 191 Ethelbert Street, on 4 July 1928 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Federal Grain Elevator (Grosse Isle, RM of Rosser)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Argyle General Store (Argyle, RM of Rockwood)


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1917.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Arthur J. Lobb, former M.L.A., died Wednesday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 July 1928, page 7.

“Arthur Lobb, former legislator, is dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 July 1928. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

“Deaths and funerals [Mrs. Roydon Riddell],” Manitoba Free Press, 22 August 1928, page 6.

“Deaths and funerals [Mrs. C. R. Sarsfield],” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 1941, page 7.

Obituary [Elizabeth Jessie Lobb], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 1954, page 22.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Joan Hunter for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2019

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