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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Wesley Speers (1856-1920)

Farmer, immigration agent.

Born on a farm in Halton County, Ontario on 22 February 1856, he came to western Canada in 1885 and farmed at Griswold, Manitoba. Later in his life, he also owned a farm near Speers, Saskatchewan. For many years a colonization agent for the Canadian government. He had three children: John Speers, Mrs. M. H. C. Hopkins, Mrs. Will Harcourt, and Mrs. J. P. Veasey. He died at Butte, Montana on 28 March 1920 while enroute to Spokane, Washington.

More information:

Charles Wesley Speers: Dynamic Colonizer of Western Canada by Mrs. E. Heber
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 28, 1971-72 Season

Sources:

“Wesley Speers Dies Suddenly At Butte” Manitoba Free Press, 29 March 1920, page 7. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Page revised: 16 February 2009

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