Memorable Manitobans: Richard Milner “Dick” Wilson (1855-1916)
Born at Mitchell, Ontario on 23 July 1855, son of English immigrants John Austin Wilson (1829-1904) and Elizabeth Milner (1828-1858), in 1879 he came to Manitoba with his family and settled on a farm in the Marringhurst district. He homesteaded on N20-3-12W where he grew grain and raised pure-bred cattle and Clydesdale horses. On 15 November 1882, he married Anne Elizabeth Baird (1863-1897) and they had eight children: Ethel Louise Wilson (1883-?, wife of Charles Hamilton), John Milner Wilson (1885-?), Richard Edwin Wilson (1887-?), Lottie J. Wilson (1889-?), James Randall “Rannie” Wilson (1891-1975), Elizabeth Della Wilson (1892-?, wife of Andrew Leslie), Alice Mildred Wilson (1895-?), and Annie Wilson (1897-?, wife of Harvey Brown). After his wife’s death, he married her sister Louisa Baird (1870-1923) on 5 June 1901 and had three more children: George Boyd Wilson (1902-1979), Walter Lorne Wilson (1905-1920), and Una Letitia Wilson (1907-1935). In 1903, he was an Independent candidate for the Manitoba Legislature and was an early director of the Grain Growers’ Association. He contracted pneumonia and died at home on 24 June 1916. He was buried in the Pilot Mound Cemetery.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“R. M. Wilson is critically ill,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1916, page 9.
“A provincial loss,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 June 1916, page 4.
“Manitoba pioneer R. M. Wilson dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 June 1916, page 21.
Come Into Our Heritage: Centennial History of Argyle, edited by Argyle Centennial History Book Committee, 1981, pages 708-709.
We thank Wilma Staff for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 October 2018
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