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Memorable Manitobans: William Edwin Milner (1865-1942)

Grain merchant.

Born at Brampton, Ontario on 6 April 1865, he served as Mayor of Brampton for four years, as well as member of town council. He worked for the Maple Leaf Milling Company and was transferred to its Winnipeg office in 1907. He rose to the position of Western Manager then was appointed a Director in 1916. He also became Vice-President of the Western Life Insurance Company. He served as President of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange from 1915 to 1916. He retired from active business in 1920 then, the next year, was appointed Managing Secretary of the Winnipeg Board of Trade. He also was President of the Traders Building Association.

On 8 January 1890, he married Charlotte H. Roberts (c1867-1953) at Brampton. They had two sons: Roy Wilfred Milner and William Herbert Milner (1894-1990). His home at 51 Balmoral Street was designed by G. W. Ford. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Broadway Church.

He died at Winnipeg on 1 July 1942 and was returned to Brampton, Ontario for burial.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Milner House (51 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg)


Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force [Roy Wilfred Milner and William Herbert Milner], Library and Archives Canada.

“W. E. Milner, former grain man, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1942.

Obituary [Charlotte Roberts Milner], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1953, page 25.

Obituary [Roy Wilfred Milner], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1986, page 32.

Obituary [William H. Milner], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 1990, page 30.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 November 2014

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