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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Alton Emerson (1911-1966)

Railway executive.

Born at Plum Coulee on 12 April 1911, son of railway agent Bertram Hodgkiss Emerson (1882-1977) and Jenny Lillian Hughes (1882-1967), he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway for over 35 years and was serving as its President at the time of his death. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 1962. He died suddenly at his home in Montreal, Quebec on 13 March 1966 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“CPR chief takes dark view,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1964, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 March 1966, page 48.

Death registration [Jennie Lillian Emerson], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Jenny Lillian Emerson], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1967, page 34.

Obituary [Bertram H. Emerson], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1977, page 58.

We thank Monica Ball for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 June 2017

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