Memorable Manitobans: Frank Scott Fowler (1888-1955)
Civil engineer, municipal official.
Born at Wawanesa on 26 April 1888, son of Frank Oliver Fowler and Elizabeth Nichol Henderson (1867-1923), he moved to Winnipeg in 1902. He studied at McGill University and became a civil engineer, entering the construction industry in 1911 as a member of the firm of Fowler Young & Holden.
After enlisting for military service during the First World War, but prior to deployment, he married Olive Evelyn Baskerville (1883-1974) at Winnipeg on 21 September 1916. The couple had two children: Frank McCalman Fowler (1921-1996) and Joyce C. Fowler (?-1987, wife of John Gentles Magee). He served overseas with the 179th Overseas Battalion before joining the 43rd Battalion of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and earned the Military Cross (1917).
Returning from Europe, he partnered with brothers John Jackson and James Jackson to found the Nelson River Construction Company, of which he was Secretary Treasurer. He served as Reeve of Fort Garry (1926-1930) and a founding member of the Greater Winnipeg Transit Commission (1953-1955). He was a member the Knox United Church and Manitoba Club.
He died at his Winnipeg residence, 296 Yale Avenue, on 4 March 1955 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“Military honors for Canadians,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1917, page 1.
“Fowler-Wilson vows heard in First Presbyterian Church,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 October 1942, page 12.
“New Transit body holds first meet,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1953, page 3.
“Joyce Fowler, John Magee wed at evening ceremony,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1953, page 14.
“Scott Fowler, local builder, dies, age 67,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1955, page 3.
Obituary [Olive E. Fowler], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 1974, page 22.
Obituary [Joyce C. Magee], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 May 1987, page 42.
Obituary [Frank McCalman Fowler], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1996, page C9.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 13 February 2022