Memorable Manitobans: Stephen Clifford Oxton (1869-1927)
Building engineer, civil servant.
Born at Liverpool, England in 1869, he came to Canada in the 1890s and, as an employee of the contracting firm of Peter Lyall and Sons, he became Superintendent of the firm’s limestone quarry at Garson. He moved to Winnipeg in 1914 where he was involved in the construction of the CPR Station, Royal Alexandra Hotel, Union Station, Canadian Bank of Commerce, and Manitoba Legislative Building. In 1915, he became a special assistant to the provincial Minister of Public Works and, the following year, was appointed Deputy Minister of Public Works upon the retirement of Charles H. Dancer, serving until October 1922. He was also Chair of the Manitoba Fair Wages Board for several years. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1922 and died there on 27 August 1927. He was survived by his wife Eliza ? (1869-1951) and son George Clifford Oxton (1892-1928).
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Former Deputy Minister dies in Vancouver,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1927, page 16.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 17 December 2013
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