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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Wesley Fillmore (1857-1931)


Born near Chicago, Illinois on 10 November 1857, he grew up and lived in Iowa where he worked as a teacher at Sioux Rapids, Beuna Vista before moving to Peterson. There, he was Mayor of Peterson and partnered with H. S. Parker and established the Peterson Bank in 1880, managing the business until 1902. He also worked as a lawyer and was elected to State Legislature as the representative for Clay County (1884-1886). In 1879, he married Margaret Jane Parker (1863-1924) and had four children: William Parker Fillmore, Esther May Fillmore (1885-1911), and twins Charles Elwyn Fillmore and John Eldon Fillmore (1887-1984). In 1902, he sold his banking interests and moved to Manitoba. The family settled at Winnipeg in 1902 and he quickly established himself in the business community when he organized and served as President of the Winnipeg Oil Company (1903-1916). He was also President of the North Star Oil and Refining Company (1920-1931) and Secretary-Treasurer of the Winnipeg Casket Company Limited (1907-?). He was a member of the Central Congregational Church. In retirement, he spent most of his time in California and at his son’s farm at Clandeboye. He died at the Fillmore Farm on 25 October 1931 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fillmore School No. 2170 (RM of St. Andrews)


1906 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Clay County,” The Iowa State Register Morning Edition [Des Moines], 28 September 1883, page 4.

“Hon. C. W. Fillmore,” The Iowa State Register Morning Edition [Des Moines], 3 October 1885, page 1.

“Central Church elects officers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 January 1916, page 5.

“The North Star Oil and Refinery Co.” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 July 1919, page 5.

“Public notice [North Star Oil and Refining Company],” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 August 1919, page 13.

“Mrs. Fillmore called by death,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 December 1924, page 1.

“Winnipeg Oil Company,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 December 1907, page 22.

“The Winnipeg Oil Co. Ltd.” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 September 1915, page 34.

“C. W. Fillmore is elected President of North Star Oil,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 December 1921, page 15.

Death notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 26 October 1931, page 16.

“C. W. Fillmore, head of North Star Oil, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 October 1931, page 3.

“Net of $70,147 is reported by North Star Oil,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 March 1932, page 13.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Representative Charles Wesley Fillmore, Iowa State Legislature.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2018

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