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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Charles Egan (1852-1924)

Railwayman.

Born at Fullerton, Nebraska on 7 June 1852, son of Anthony Egan and Bridget Egan, he came to Winnipeg with his brother, J. M. Egan. He built many of the original main lines of the Canadian Pacific Railway, including the Crows Nest Pass line. During winter months he collected the lumber for railway ties. He and wife Johanna McDonald had seven children: Anthony C. Egan (b 1883), Mary Egan (b 1886), Joseph Egan (b 1891), Edna Egan (b 1896), John Egan (b 1897), Francis Egan (b 1900), and Margaret Egan (b 1902). He died at his Winnipeg home at 41 Purcell Avenue, on 14 April 1924, and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“E. C. Egan, western railway builder, dies in Winnipeg”, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1924, page 5.

“Pioneer railway contractor dies”, newspaper clipping dated 15 April 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

We thank Dennis Egan for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 February 2012

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