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Memorable Manitobans: Edgar John Ransom (1874-1956)

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Edgar J. 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 S. J. Thompson, at Winnipeg. They had three children: Dorothy Ransom (b 1906), John William Ransom (b 1909), and Herbert S. Ransom (b ?). On 23 August 1941, he married Gertrude M. Addison, cousin of F. E. Warriner, at Ralph Connor House.

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.

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.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 September 2014

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