Memorable Manitobans: Henry George “Harry” Winslow (1868-1952)
Railway and road contractor.
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 25 July 1868, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1881 and homesteaded near Souris. He lived at West Hall and Hartney before moving to Cartwright in 1897 where he began a career in railway and road construction. He built railway beds in places around Manitoba and Saskatchewan, including part of the CNR Togo Subdivision from Dauphin to Grandview in 1900, through to 1915-1916. He was at The Pas, working on the Hudson Bay Railway, when the work was stopped by the First World War. He kept his crews working by operating a sawmill in what is now Riding Mountain National Park, where Winslow Lake is named in his honour. He bought a farm at Newton, and in 1940 at Brookdale, while continuing to work in construction, which included sections of the Trans-Canada Highway through the Rural Municipalities of North Cypress and North Norfolk in 1926. He retired in 1948. On 29 March 1892, he married Agnes “Aggie” Bradley (1868-1909) in the RM of Morton and they had five children: Philip Alexander Winslow (b 1893), David Winslow (b 1894), Isabel Winslow, William Joseph Winslow (b 1897), and Margretta Winslow (b 1899). He died at his Cartwright home on 6 February 1952 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery. He is commemorated by Winslow Lake in Manitoba.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“H. C. Winslow, rail builder dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1952, page 33.
Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Vicki Wallace and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 17 September 2017
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