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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Thomas Evans (1873-1936)

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Robert Thomas Evans
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Grain merchant.

Born at Galena, Illinois on 1 October 1873, son of W. P. Evans, he came to Winnipeg in 1906 and established the British America Elevator Company, with himself as Vice-President and General Manager. He was a member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, President of the Grain Insurance and Guarantee Company, Vice-President of Canadian General Securities, and a Director of Traders Finance Corporation, Canadian General Investment Trust, Dominion Malting Company, Arctic Ice and Fuel Company, and National Elevator Company.

He and wife Minnie Seeger (1873-1959) had three children: Robert Thomas Evans (1905-?), Marie Elizabeth Evans (1909-1961, wife of Alexander Robertson) and David William Evans (1912-?). Evans was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, and the Carleton Club. He had a summer home at Ponemah Beach on Lake Winnipeg.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 10 Ruskin Row, on 3 February 1936 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

“Robert T. Evans, member of Grain Exchange, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 1936, page 5.

Obituary [Minnie Seeger Evans], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1959, page 25.

We thank Alex Graham and Robert Houston for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 July 2019

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