Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 142 years

Memorable Manitobans: Charles Wilson Spencer (c1840-1922)


Born at Southampton, England, he emigrated to Canada in 1881 and found work with the Canadian Pacific Railway, helping to build the first 100 miles of rail west of Fort William, Ontario. Later, as the foreman of a work gang of the City of Winnipeg, he helped to lay the city’s first asphalt road. He died at his Winnipeg residence on 13 September 1922, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


“Pioneer Road Builder 84 Years Old, Dies” Newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Page revised: 8 February 2009

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2021 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.