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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Murphy (1865-1941)

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Charles Murphy
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Railwayman.

Born at Prescott, Ontario on 20 November 1865, he worked in various capacities for the Canadian Pacific Railway, starting in 1883, as an operator at Prescott, Ontario, dispatcher at Ottawa, chief dispatcher at Chapleau, and general superintendent of the North Bay and Lake Superior Division. He came to Manitoba in 1913 as general superintendent of the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He eventually became General Manager of Western Lines. While in Winnipeg he was a member of the AF & AM and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. He was President of the Bond and Debenture Company of Canada, Vice-President of the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway, and a Director of the Union Stock Yards in St. Boniface. He retired in November 1927 and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he died on 16 July 1941 and was buried in the Masonic cemetery there.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Named General Manager of C.P.R. western lines,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 October 1918, page 8.

“Charles Murphy will retire as C.P.R. Manager,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 October 1927, page 1.

“C. Murphy, former rail official, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1941, page 9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2019

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