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Memorable Manitobans: Maurice Helston (1869-1931)

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Maurice Helston
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Born at Michigan City, Indiana on 24 August 1869, he started railroading in 1885 with the Michigan Central. In 1909, he became a dispatcher with the Canadian National Railway at Port Arthur, Ontario. He came to Winnipeg in 1919 as Chief Dispatcher and became its Superintendent of the Manitoba District in 1924, serving until his death. He died aboard a train at Birch River on 11 February 1931 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. He was survived by two daughters and two sons.


“Our railways and railway workers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 December 1923, page 5.

“Promoted,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 April 1924, page 15.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Veteran C.N.R. employe dies while on train,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 February 1931, page 3.

“Maurice Helston, veteran employe of C.N.R., dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 February 1931, page 2.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2019

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