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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Williams (1832-1909)

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Born in Gloucestershire, England and came to Canada in 1857. For a period of time he worked on the Victoria Bridge at Montreal, and was employed as an inspector of masonry by the Inter-colonial Railways. He assisted in building several bridges on the North Shore Railway north of Montreal. He came to the western Canada in 1879, obtained a contract to build the Canadian Pacific Railway roundhouse at East Selkirk and then played an important part in building the Court House and jail at Brandon. He afterwards owned and operated quarries at Lilyfield and managed the Williams Quarry Company. He died at his residence in Winnipeg on 15 April 1909. Two sons survived him.

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2017

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