Memorable Manitobans: Charles Wesley Handscomb (1867-1906)
Born at Dover, England, the son of Aquilla Barber Handscomb and Harriet Wesley, he moved to Winnipeg in 1879 and joined the Winnipeg Times, and later was employed by the Manitoba Free Press. In 1887, he was elected the first Secretary of the Winnipeg Press Club. He worked for a time as a newspaperman in the United States and on returning to Winnipeg he became editor and proprietor of Town Topics.
On 15 March 1883, he married Anna Pratt of Clinton, Ontario. They had one daughter, Sybil Wesley Handscomb (wife of George R. Ryan). Possessed of a fine tenor voice, he sang in Winnipeg and also on the musical stage in the United States. He was one of Winnipeg’s first playwrights, authoring a play entitled “Boom Times” in the early 1880s.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Chas. W. Handscomb answers the final call,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 June 1906, page 19.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 August 2013
Back to top of page