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Memorable Manitobans: Delbert W. Morden (1871-?)


Born in Tyendinaga Township, Ontario on 4 January 1871, son of Philip Morden and Mary Jane Eaton, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1875, settling at Thornhill and later moving to Pilot Mound. At the age of 22, he worked as a photographer at Pilot Mound for four years, then moving to Winnipeg to work in the undertaking business for three years. In 1901 he graduated from the J. D. Hess Business College at St. Paul, Minnesota and became a general storekeeper with the Chicago & North Western Railroad Company. Two and a half years later he was transferred to its Sioux City office, in the position of chief clerk. He resigned two years later and returned to Pilot Mound to engage in the real estate business in partnership with his brother, William A. Morden.

On 15 January 1902, he married Annie Chaliff. They had four children: Clarence Alva Morden (1903-1970), Grace Pearl Morden (b 1905, wife of J. McLean), Winston Earl Morden (b 1910), and Barry Morden. He was a member of the IOOF, Knights of the Maccabees, Woodmen of America, Loyal Orange Lodge, and the Methodist Episcopal Church. He served as the Clerk of the County Court, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Village of Pilot Mound.


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

Obituary for C. A. Morden, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1970, page 32.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2010

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