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Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Alonzo Ramsay (1862-1946)


Born at Vaughan, Ontario on 7 February 1862, son of Andrew Ramsay and Hannah Keffer, he came to Manitoba and worked as a merchant at Virden. He returned briefly to Ontario where, on 8 September 1891, he married Elizabeth Burkholder (1861-1938) at Woodbridge. They returned to Manitoba, moved to Dauphin in 1898, and opened a dry goods store. In 1920, he constructed a large department store there. He had two children at Virden: Margaret Hannah Ramsay (1895-?) and Wilfred Edwin Ramsay (1897-?) and two at Dauphin: Ella Murielle Ramsay (1900-1959, wife of William Robert Carnwith) and Mary Ramsay (1904-?). His whereabouts after the mid-1920s are presently unknown but he is believed to have died in 1946.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ramsay-Wright Building / Eaton’s Department Store (Main Street North, Dauphin)


Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 and 1921 Canada censes, Ancestry.

“Progress of a quarter century,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 2 November 1922, pages 3-5.

Ella Murielle Ramsay, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 December 2020

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