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Memorable Manitobans: Edgar John Ransom (1874-1956)

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Edgar John Ransom
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Born at London, England in September 1874, he came to Canada in 1898. He worked in Winnipeg as a photo engraver and was the first treasurer of the Manitoba Society of Artists, in 1903. In the early part of the 20th century he was advertising manager for the Hudson’s Bay Company, later founding the Ransom Engraving Company, which printed most of Winnipeg’s promotional material before 1922.

On 26 November 1902, he married Fanny Belle Thompson (1877-1937), daughter of Samuel J. Thompson, at Winnipeg. They had three children: Dorothy Margaret Ransom (1906-1913), John William Ransom (1909-?), and Herbert Samuel Ransom (1915-?). On 23 August 1941, he married Gertrude May Addison (?-1971), cousin of Frederick E. Warriner, at Ralph Connor House. They had no children.

He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 23 August 1956. The Ransom Engraving Company papers, and a collection of Ransom’s photographs, are at the Archives of Manitoba.


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

“Obituaries,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 May 1913, page 8.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. Edgar Ransom, pioneer of west, died Tuesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 1937, page 6.

“Ransom – Addison wedding vows made Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 1941, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 1956, page 24.

“Edgar J. Ransom dies in Ottawa,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1956, page 49.

Obituary [Gertrude May Ransom], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 1971, page 29.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 January 2019

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