Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Walter Warner (1861-1925)
Born in the United States on 26 April 1861, he worked for railways since the age of 16, rising to the position of station agent by 18. He came to Canada in 1882 with J. M. Egan. He first served as an agent for the Canadian Pacific Railway at Indian Head, Saskatchewan. At the outbreak of the 1885 North West Rebellion, he moved to Fort Qu’Appelle which, as the terminal of the railway, formed the base for federal troops. He stayed there until 1896 when he was brought to Winnipeg by William Whyte and made local freight agent. He left the employ of the CPR soon after, moving to a similar job with the Canadian Northern Railway. When the company became the Canadian National Railways, he became its general freight agent. On 7 September 1887, he married Charlotte Ann Hurd (1865-1941) of Brockville, Ontario. They had two sons: Dr. E. L. Warner (?-?) and Albert Hurd Warner. He died of pneumonia at his Winnipeg residence, 172 Langside Street, on 31 October 1925 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Edw. W. Warner, veteran agent of C.N.R., dead,” undated newspaper clipping [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 July 2019
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