Memorable Manitobans: David Anson Reesor (1860-1940)
Born at Markham, Ontario on 14 June 1860, son of William Reesor and Mary Jane Campbell, he attended high schools at Whitby and Oshawa then, in 1882, came to Manitoba and located at Brandon where he opened Reesor’s Jewellery, the city’s first jewellery store. He also owned a considerable amount of land along Rosser Avenue. He was a founding member of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists.
He was married twice, first on 10 September 1890 to Lulu H. Campbell (1865-1904) in Ontario. They had two daughters: Lulu Kathleen Reesor (1894-1932, wife of J. Laurie Shepherd) and Marion Gertrude Reesor (1904-?). On 11 October 1909, he married Mary Ann McKelvie (1863-1946) at Durham, Ontario. He served on the Brandon City Council (1893-1896) and was a member of the Board for the Brandon Hospital, the provincial summer and winter fairs, and the Brandon Board of Trade. He was a Mason.
He died at Brandon on 27 September 1940 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Death registration [Lulu H. Campbell Reesor], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Marriage registration, Ancestry.
Birth registrations [Lulu Kathleen Reesor, Marion Gertrude Reesor], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Pioneer merchant, D. Anson Reesor, dies at Brandon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 1940, page 2.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 June 2023