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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Leo Simmonds (1889-1951)

Grain broker.

Born at London, Ontario in 1889, he came to Pilot Mound, Manitoba in 1894 where he was educated. He came to Winnipeg in 1909 and studied law, articling with T. 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 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 setup 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 died at Winnipeg on 15 November 1951 and was buried at Pilot Mound. At the time of his death, he lived at 164 Harrow Street.

Sources:

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2010

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