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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Pratt (1870-1941)

Railwayman.

Born at Sibertoft, Northamptonshire, England on 18 January 1870, he came to Winnipeg in 1883. He served with the 90th Battalion Manitoba Rifles from 1887 to 1890. He worked in the audit department of the Canadian Pacific Railway, in the office of William Whyte, and as a surveyor on the Regina-Saskatchewan-Long Lake railway. In 1890 he was made superintendent of the hotel, sleeping and dining car department for the CPR, leaving in 1903 to take the same position with the Canadian Northern Railway. When it became the Canadian National Railway he transferred to Montreal as general manager of the sleeping, dining and parlor cars and hotels. He was active in social work in Winnipeg, being a director of the Hugh John Macdonald hostel, a member of the pensions parole board, and the St. John Ambulance Association. He was a member of the Winnipeg Rowing Club, Victorias Hockey Club, Motor Country Club, and AF & AM (Assiniboine Lodge). He died unmarried at Winnipeg on 11 June 1941.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Walter Pratt, former C.N.R. official, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 June 1941, page 10.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 May 2020

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