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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Bertram Dawson Richardson (1878-1966)

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Richard Bertram Dawson Richardson
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Grain broker, publisher.

Born at Durham, Ontario on 3 March 1878, son of Ralph Richardson (1849-1916) and Margaret E. Staples (1853-1926), he came to Winnipeg in 1900 where he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (1900-1901), Canadian Northern Railway (1901-1903), Builders' Supply (1903-1905) before becoming a broker in the grain industry in 1905.

In 1920, he established Dawson Richardson Publications to publish news on the grain trade. Its work included The Grain Trade News, The Western Gardener, Beekeeper and Poultry Magazine, and The Musical Life and Arts Magazine. He later became active in commercial radio and was Board Chairman for station CJGX at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, selling it in 1936 to James Richardson and Son of Winnipeg. Around 1938, he served as President of the All-Canada Radio Facilities Limited.

On 14 December 1909, he married Ethel Victoria Merrick (1883-1958, daughter of W. B. Merrick) at MacGregor. Around 1915, they lived at 238 Harvard Avenue and had no children. He retired to Victoria, British Columbia around 1943 and lived there until at least the late 1950s. After his wife’s death, he married again, to Monica Galbraith Alton (?-?).

He died at Burlington, Ontario on 28 April 1966 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dawson Richardson Building (171 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg)


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 720.

Radio station proves puzzle for Yorkton,” Regina Leader-Post, 5 February 1936, page 15.

Elected President,” Calgary Daily Herald, 1 December 1938, page 19.

Death registration [Ethel Victoria Merrick Richardson], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 1966, page 36.

This page was prepared by Helen Gillespie and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 November 2021

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