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Memorable Manitobans: George William Epton (1890-1952)

General contractor.

Born at Fulstow, Lincolnshire, England on 26 December 1890, he emigrated to Canada in 1910 and worked as a carpenter. After serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War, and receiving the Military Cross, he came to Brandon where he worked as a general contractor and also served a term on the Brandon city council in the 1920s. Around this time, he married Eva Sarah Priscilla Banting (1891-1981). They had two children, Robert Arthur Epton (c1922-1973) and Marion Epton Lepkin. The family moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1941 where he continued to work in the construction trade. He died at Edmonton on 17 October 1952 and was buried there.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Griswold Railway Station

Griswold, RM of Sifton

1926

?

Lauder Railway Station

Lauder, RM of Cameron

1926

?

Ninette School No. 1028

Ninette, RM of Riverside

1926

 

Shoal Lake Railway Station

Shoal Lake

1926

?

Women’s Pavilion (Brandon Mental Health Centre)

First Street, Brandon

1931-1932

 

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Constructional Activity,” Contract Record and Engineering Review, 24 March 1926, page 53.

“Constructional Activity,” Contract Record and Engineering Review, 7 April 1926, page 52.

“G. W. Epton, 62, former Brandon contractor, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1952, page 20.

Obituary [Eva Sarah Priscilla Epton], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 November 1981, page 74.

Buildings at the Brandon Mental Health Centre by David Butterfield and Randy Rostecki, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch, November 1988.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 May 2016

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