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Memorable Manitobans: William Thomas Manser (1869-1958)

Building contractor.

Born at Sussex, England in 1869, he immigrated to Canada in 1905 with his wife Sadie (?-1921) and daughter. They settled at Virden and subsequently had a son, William T. Manser (1911-?, son-in-law of Herbert Hanks Goulter). He was responsible for construction of many of the town’s prominent buildings, including the high school, churches, public auditorium, offices, homes, and bridges. He retired in 1944. He died 16 May 1958 while driving from Virden to Carberry, and was buried in the Virden Cemetery. He is commemorated by the Manser Bridge in Virden.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Virden Municipal Building and Auditorium (228 Wellington Street West, Virden)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Scott Block / Old Post Office (Nelson Street West, Virden)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Concrete Arch Bridge (RM of Wallace)


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Virden builder dies in car,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1958, page 15.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 May 2020

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