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Memorable Manitobans: Christopher Hickey “Chris” Simpson (1861-1928)

Building contractor.

Born at Glencoe, Ontario on 29 January 1861, he came to Winnipeg around 1898 and began working as a building contractor. He was President of the National Construction Company and Kelly-Simpson Construction Company in partnership with Michael Kelly until the Winnipeg Law Courts was built, after which the partnership was dissolved. He and wife Laureen Montgomery Forbes (1878-?) had one daughter. He moved to Santa Monica, California around 1924, and died and was buried there on 4 January 1928.

Some of his building works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Winnipeg Saddlery Building

284 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

 

Clement Block

907 Rosser Avenue, Brandon

1910

Demolished (1989)

Stovel House

6 Ruskin Row, Winnipeg

1910

 

Winnipeg Law Courts

391 Broadway, Winnipeg

1912-1916

 

Glencoe Apartments

145 Scott Street, Winnipeg

?

Demolished (?)

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Dramatic story told by witness,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 December 1915, page 2.

“Former builder of city dies in California,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 January 1928, page 5.

“C. H. Simpson, Winnipeg pioneer, dies in south,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 January 1928, page 11.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 March 2020

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