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Memorable Manitobans: John Sutherland Ridley (1882-1934)

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John Sutherland Ridley
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Merchant, MLA (1921-1922).

Born at Parkhill, Ontario on 6 April 1882, son of John W. Ridley and Elisabeth Boyd, he farmed in early life and was later engaged in the implement business in partnership with his brother, and conducted a large cattle business at Manitou. In his youth he played on the Manitou Lacrosse Club, champions of Manitoba in 1904. He represented the Manitou constituency in the provincial legislature for a single term, elected in the 1920 general election, and defeated in the 1922 general election. On 19 December 1906, he married Sarah Edna Kealey (1887-1960), with whom he had four children: Harold Edward Ridley (1908-?), Maurice Evans Ridley, James Ivan Ridley (1914-?), and Mabel Eileen Ridley (1915-?). He was a member of the United Church. He died at Manitou on 2 May 1934 and was buried in the Manitou Cemetery.


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

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 June 2018

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