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Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Charles “Ted” Higgens (1882-1957)

Building contractor.

Born at Ash, Kent, England on 11 December 1882, son of James Higgens (1853-1904) and Amelia Morris (1857-1950), he came to Canada in 1903 and took up residence at Brandon. He began working as a carpenter and shortly afterward became a building contractor, remaining active until his death.

On 10 November 1909, he married Mabel Gertrude Drake (1885-1963) at Winnipeg and they had four children: James Henry Higgens (1911-1913), Mabel May Higgens (1914-2009, wife of Ira Millen Dunbar), Edwin William “Ted” Higgens (1919-1998), and Wilbert Thomas “Bud” Higgens (1924-1987). He was a member of the AF & AM (Tweed Lodge), Khartum Shriners, Brandon Rotary Club, Brandon Builders Exchange, and IOOF.

He died at Brandon on 3 December 1957 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Park View Apartments

1330 Princess Avenue, Brandon

1912

 

Brandon Armoury (expansion)

1116 Victoria Avenue, Brandon

1935

 

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 5 December 1957, page 3.

“Higgens dies at Clear Lake,” Brandon Sun, 11 May 1987, page 2.

Edwin Charles Higgens, FamilySearch.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 February 2022

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