From: "Canadian Men & Women of the Time 1912
Ed. Henry James Morgan, Toronto, William Briggs, Richmond St. W., 1912 

REFORD, Robert Wilson, merchant.
Eldest son of Robert Reford; he was born in Montreal and educated at U. C. College. He married  June, 1894, Elsie Stephen Meighen (president of the Women’s Canadian Club, Montreal ; 1st directress of the Montreal Maternity Hospital; convener Quebec Battefields Association, 1908; presented to Their Majesties, Buckingham Palace, May, 1911), daughter of the late Robert Meighen

Robert Wilson Reford is secretary-treasurer of the Robert Reford Co., steamship agents and commission agents, Montreal; 1st V.-P. of the Montreal Canadian Club; V.-P. of the Association of Canadian Clubs, a councillor of the Montreal Sailor' Institute and Shipping Federation, and a director of the New Brunswick Railway.

Religion: Presbyterian 
Recreations: Fishing, hunting, golf, art 
Clubs: Mount Royal Club, Canadian Club, Montreal Jockey Club, Canada Club 
Home: 300 Drummond St., Montreal

From: "The Canadian Who's Who 1949-1951"
Ed. Arthur L. Tunnell, Trans Canada Press, 1951

REFORD, Robert Wilson, company director.
Born Montreal P.Q., son of Robert Reford and Catherine Sheriff Drummond. Educated Lincoln College, Sorel, Quebec. Married June 12, 1894 in Montreal, to Elsie Stephen Meighen, daughter of Robert Meighen. Children: Brig. Robert Bruce Stephen Reford, M.C. and Lewis Eric Reford.

He is director of the Lake of the Woods Milling Company Ltd.; Keewatin Flour Mills; Inter City Baking Co.;  and has been President of Robert Reford Co. Ltd. (estbd. 1865) from 1913-45; President of the Shipping Federation  of Canada 1920-30; President of Montreal Board of Trade, 1912; President of the Quebec Division of The Navy League of Canada, 1920-22; and President of the Canadian Club, Montreal, 1915-16. 

Religion: Anglican; 
Recreations: Fishing, hunting, golf, art 
Clubs: Mount Royal Club; Kanawaki Golf Club 
Home: 3510 Drummond St., Montreal,P.Q.

From: "Private Realms of Light, Amature Photography in Canada 1839-1940"
Ed. by Lilly Koltun, Public Archives of Canada, 1984

REFORD, Robert Wilson (19 August 1867, Montreal, Quebec - 15 November 1951, Montreal Quebec)

Robert Wilson Reford was educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto and at Lincoln College in Sorel. In order to broaden his education before joining his father's shipping firm, the Robert Reford Company, he travelled to the Mediterranean in 1885, to Britain in 1887, and to France in 1888, perfecting his command of the French language.

From 1889 to 1891, young Reford lived at Victoria British Columbia, immersing himself in the commercial life of the province. He assisted in running the affairs of the Mount Royal Milling and Manufacturing Company and acted as Ship's Agent for the firm's clipper ship Thermopylae, which brough rice from China.

During these years of apprenticeship he used one of the new Kodak No.1 cameras to record the activities of himself and his friends, and to document the landscape and people of British Columbia. He continued his interest in photography as a member of the Montreal Camera Club in 1894.

In 1892 Reford became the Reford Company's agent at Antwerp, Belgium, and later returned to Montreal to become the company's Secretary-Treasurer. Upon the death of his father in 1913, he became President, remaining active in the management of the company until his resignation as Director in 1946

Public Archives of Canada
"Robert W. Reford Collection (Acc. No. 1973-050) consists of 841 original prints, illustrating the activities of Robert Reford, and friends in British Columbia, as well as views of Victoria and Port Simpson, and photos of the Indian and Chinese people of British Columbia. Inclusive dates are 1889-1891."


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