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Memorable Manitobans: Isaac Capel Tilt (1871-1938)

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Capel Tilt
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Grain merchant.

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Capel Tilt
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Born at Listowel, Ontario on 25 September 1871, son of Isaac Capel and Mary Ann Tilt, after leaving school he worked for four years in a law firm at Listowel. He then took a job with the Toronto grain firm of James Carruthers & Company. From there he moved to the company's Montreal office and, in 1900, came to Winnipeg as its western manager. The company was dissolved in 1924 and he organized the Tilt Grain Company and was its president to the end of his life. He later served as secretary-treasurer of the Fort William Elevator Company, president of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange (in 1906), manager of the Standard Elevator Company, president of the Lake Shippers Clearance Association, and vice-president of the Fort William Elevator Company.

On 20 January 1898, at Toronto, he married Luzetta Walker (c1875-1913). They had one daughter, Luzetta (b 1899). He was a member of the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange and, in 1906, its president, and secretary-treasurer of the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange Clearing Association. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Pine Ridge Golf Club, Motor Country Club, and AF & AM.

He died in his suite in the Fort Garry Hotel, in Winnipeg, on 18 January 1938. He left a considerable estate to his daughter and his brother.


“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches,” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 8]

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Marriage registration, Ancestry.

“Prominent grain man succumbs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1938, page 5.

“Capel Tilt estate set at $214,293,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 1938, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 March 2017

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