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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Charles Egan (1852-1924)

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Edward Charles Egan
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Railwayman.

Born at Fullerton, Nebraska on 7 June 1852, son of Anthony Egan and Bridget Egan (1832-1909), he came to Winnipeg with his brother, J. M. Egan. He built many of the original main lines of the Canadian Pacific Railway, including the Crows Nest Pass line. During winter months he collected the lumber for railway ties. He and wife Johanna McDonald (1862-?) had nine children: Anthony C. Egan (1883-?), May A. Egan (1886-?), Annie Egan (1889-1898), Joseph Egan (1891-?), Edward Egan (1894-?), Edna C. Egan (1896-?), John M. Egan (1897-?), Francis Egan (1900-?), and Marguerite R. Egan (1902-?). He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary's Catholic Church. He died at his Winnipeg home, 41 Purcell Avenue, on 14 April 1924 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901, and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“E. C. Egan, western railway builder, dies in Winnipeg,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 April 1924, page 5.

“Pioneer railway contractor dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 April 1924, page 2. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

We thank Dennis Egan for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 December 2020

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