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Memorable Manitobans: William Francis Ramsay (1866-1933)

Builder, hardware merchant.

Born in Huron County, Ontario on 10 December 1866, one of ten children born to James Ramsay (1829-1881) and Elizabeth Jones (1840-?), he apprenticed as a carpenter starting at age 16. He moved to Washington state at the age of 21, where he worked for two years, returning to the family farm for a year, after which he worked in contracting and building. He moved to Killarney in 1892 where he continued in the building trade for six years, then operated a lumber business for nine years. He established the hardware firm of W. F. Ramsay and Sons in January 1908. On 22 January 1890, he married Mary Jane Tait (1868-1948). They had five sons: James Guy Ramsay (1891-?), George Earl Ramsay (1893-?), Frank Gladstone Ramsay (1900-?), John William Ramsay (1902-?), and Charles Clarence Ramsay (1910-?). He was a member of the IOOF, Independent Order of Foresters, and Presbyterian Church. He died at Killarney on 31 October 1933 and was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.

Sources:

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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 May 2019

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