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Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Alfred James (1865-?)

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Edwin Alfred James
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Born in London, England on 11 April 1865, son of Edwin and Harriett James, he came to Canada as a boy with his parents. He was educated at public schools at Belleville and Madoc, Ontario. In 1879, he became employed as a telegraph operator at Madoc with the Grank Trunk Pacific Railway. He moved to Winnipeg in 1881, becoming employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway, starting as an operator and finishing in 1902 as Superintendent. That year, he was appointed General Superintendent of the Canadian Northern Railway, later becoming General Manager. He retired in 1907, citing ill health. He also held positions as President of the Winnipeg Tanning Company (H. G. Mayes as Managing Director), Vice-President of the Empire Stevedoring Company (Vancouver, BC), and Vice-President of the BC Sand and Gravel Company (Victoria, BC). On 22 June 1896, he married Katherine Muriel Telford (?-?), daughter of D. M. Telford, at Winnipeg. They had a son. A member of the Manitoba Club and the St. Charles Country Club, James enjoyed motoring and fishing. An Anglican, he lived at 135 Hargrave Street in Winnipeg.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 November 2018

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