Memorable Manitobans: Bertram Lyell “Ticker Taker” Patterson (1888-1963)
Railway agent, municipal official.
Born at Sudbury, Ontario on 29 February 1888, eldest son of Richard M. Patterson and Clara Barber, he moved with his family to Wilson, New York in 1901 and attended Wilson High School. In 1905, he began working for the New York Central Railway. He moved to the Canadian Pacific Railway after his uncle urged him to apply for a position at Brandon. He worked as an agent at several stations in southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan until promoted to the position of ticket agent at Brandon in 1916. He held this position until becoming local freight agent at Brandon in 1935. He retired in 1953.
On 28 December 1915, he married Margaret Strachan Ellis (1887-1965) at Oak Lake and they had one son, James Glen Patterson (1919-2007). He served as a Brandon city councilor (1929-1954) and was a member of the Masons (Tweed Lodge) and St. Paul's United Church.
He died at Toronto, Ontario on 11 March 1963. A collection of Patterson family photographs, correspondence, and miscellaneous objects is held at the Daly House Museum.
Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Former city alderman dies,” Brandon Sun, 12 March 1963, page 3.
This page was prepared by Eileen Trott and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 June 2023