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Memorable Manitobans: William Blackstock Lanigan (1861-?)


Born at Three Rivers, Quebec on 12 October 1861, son of William and Alamena Lanigan, at the age of 17 years he took a job as a telegrapher for the Grand Trunk Railway at Upton, Quebec. Three years later he took a similar job with the Canadian Pacific Railway at Sharbot Lake. He was successively promoted to the positions of station agent, train agent, freight agent, and assistant general freight agent. In July 1901 he was transferred to Winnipeg to become general freight agent for the central and western divisions of the CPR. In 1876 he married Arabella Avery of Mallorytown, Ontario. They had two children: Leonard Lanigan and Alice Lanigan.

He served as president of the St. Charles Country Club from 1916 to 1917.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 May 2009

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