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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Leonard Richardson (1884-1939)


Born at London, England on 5 February 1884, son of John Richardson and Alice Carter, his family came to Canada in 1889 and he was educated at Wawanesa Public School and the University of Manitoba. He worked for eleven years in a general store, then articled in law under Colonel Morley starting in 1911. He was called to Manitoba Bar and practised alone as of 1916 before taking on Mr. Williams as a partner.

On 8 March 1905, he married Ellen Lyon (?-?) at Russell and they had five children: Doris Ellen Richardson (1909-?), Margaret Annie Richardson (1913-?), John William Richardson (1917-?), Winnifred May Armstrong (1919-?), and Leonard James Richardson (1921-?). He served as a councillor (1917) and Reeve (1918-1920) for the Rural Municipality of Assiniboia (1917) and was an unsuccessful Progressive candidate for Assiniboia in the 1922 and 1927 provincial general elections. He was a member of the Deer Lodge Curling Club (President, 1923-1926), Masons (St. James Lodge), IOOF (Sturgeon Creek Lodge), Sons of England, Orange Order (St. James Rebecca Lodge), and Presbyterian church. His recreations included curling and motoring. He lived at 134 Woodhaven Boulevard (1925), 270 Winchester Street (1931), and 26 Parkview Street (1939).

He died suddenly of a heart attack at his office on 13 May 1939 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Who’s who on the municipal slate,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 November 1931, page 7.

“C. L. Richardson, barrister, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 May 1939, page 19.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 April 2022

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