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Memorable Manitobans: Fawcett Wright Ransom (1882-1957)

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Fawcett Wright Ransom
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Farm leader.

Born at Bedford, England on 23 February 1882, he immigrated to Canada in 1896 and worked on an Ontario farm for two years. He then came to Manitoba and took up a farm in the Mountainside district. He was actively involved in the cooperative movement, serving as the first Secretary of the Manitoba Pool Elevators from 1924 to 1949. He also lectured on soil conservation, in person and on the radio. He was a director of the Manitoba Co-operative Wholesale Limited, Interprovincial Co-operatives, Red River Co-operative Supply, and the Winnipeg Citizen. He served on the Board of Governors for the University of Manitoba. On 24 August 1909, he married Edna Mabel Arde (c1892-1982) in the RM of Morton. They had two children: Leslie Wright Ransom (1910-1995) and Hilda Amelia Ransom (1912-1988, wife of Francis Claude McPherson). In the 1922 provincial general election, he ran for the Turtle Mountain constituency but was defeated by Richard G. Willis. He died at his Winnipeg home, 276 Assiniboine Avenue, on 23 January 1957 and was buried at Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was inducted posthumously to the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Co-op movement leader, Fawcett W. Ransom dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1957, page 9.

Beckoning Hills Revisited: Ours is a Goodly Heritage, Morton-Boissevain, 1881-1981 by Boissevain History Committee, c1981, pages 704-705.

Obituary [Edna Mabel (May) Ransom], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 1982, page 52.

Obituary [Hilda Amelia McPherson], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 1988, page 25.

Obituary [Leslie Wright Ransom], Brandon Sun, 13 July 1995, page 10.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2018

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