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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Leo Simmonds (1889-1951)

Grain broker.

Born at London, Ontario on 4 February 1889, he came to Pilot Mound in 1894 where he was educated. He moved to Winnipeg in 1909 and studied law, articling with Thomas R. Ferguson. His first work in the grain trade came in 1915 when he became Winnipeg manager for the firm of Chalmers and Watson. Later that year, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served in France and Belgium. After the war, he returned to Winnipeg and the grain business. In 1925, he became a member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange and set up his own brokerage in 1936. In 1953, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Exchange. He also served as President of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was a member of the Pine Ridge Golf Club. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 15 November 1951 and was buried in the Pilot Mound Old Cemetery. At the time of his death, he lived at 164 Harrow Street.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Strathy House (164 Harrow Street, Winnipeg)


“Grain board head, Leo Simmonds, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 November 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

“Grain official, C. L. Simmonds dies, aged 62,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 1951, page 7.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 September 2019

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