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Memorable Manitobans: William Scott (1834-1924)

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Contractor and real estate agent.

Born in County Tyrone, Ireland on 5 February 1834, son of Samuel and Margaret Scott, he came to Canada in 1842. He was educated at Ontario public schools after which he farmed from 1850 to 1857. Then he engaged in the contracting and timber trade, in Ontario and the United States, from 1857 to 1881. He moved to Brandon where he engaged in the contracting and real estate business from 1881 to 1888. He served as a councillor in the Municipality of Brandon from 1882 to 1883, and Warden from 1883 to 1884.

Scott moved to Winnipeg in 1888. He undertook the laying of the first block pavement on Main Street, and also the city’s first granolithic sidewalk. He operated the Crystal Ice Company for many years. He owned extensive property in the Riverview area of Winnipeg.

In 1860, he married Sarah McCradle with whom he had two sons and two daughters.

He died at Santa Monica, California on 19 April 1924 and was buried in Winnipeg’s Elmwood Cemetery.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Veteran Builder of West Passes” Newspaper clipping dated 25 April 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 February 2016

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