Memorable Manitobans: Thomas M. Harrington (1848-1937)
Born in Montreal, Quebec on 3 January 1848, he attended country schools in Maryboro County, Ontario. At the age of 16 he took up the carriage-making trade until 1888, when he came to Manitoba. He worked as a general contractor in Winnipeg until 1893 then went to Brandon and continued work in this area. By 1906, he was the managing director of the Brandon Construction Company, the city’s largest building firm doing business throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Brandon buildings constructed by his firm included the McKenzie business block, the Bank of Montreal, the Bank of Commerce, the Great Northern and Canadian Pacific train depots, Baptist College, Park School, Industrial School, Brandon Courthouse, Winter Fair Building, two Methodist churches, and numerous others.
On 20 January 1870, he married Margaret Thomson. They had four children: William J. Harrington, Minnie J. Harrington, Ida Harrington (wife of W. H. McKinnon of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan), and Herbert B. Harrington. He was a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the Winnipeg Building Society, and an adherent of the Methodist Church.
He died at Winnipeg on 3 January 1937.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 October 2012
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