Memorable Manitobans: Charles John Lee (c1869-1959)
Born at Eau Claire, Wisconsin around 1869, he came to Winnipeg in 1907 to found the North American Lumber and Supply Company, serving as its General Manager until retirement in 1947. He was responsible for establishing retail lumber yards through prairie Canada and Ontario, the first branch being opened at Rivers. He and his wife Mary Annette Lee (c1869-1954) had three daughters: Virginia Lee (b 1900, wife of James A. Walstrom), Charlotte Elizabeth Lee (b 1905, wife of Harry E. Bryant), and Roberta Lee (b 1915, wife of Murray Turner). He was a member of the St. Charles Country Club and Motor Country Club. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 7 June 1959 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. He had resided at 68 Kingsway, Winnipeg, prior to his death.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
1916 Canada census, Ancestry.
Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Mary Annette Lee], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1954, page 22.
“Founder of lumber firm dead at 86,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1959, page 5.
We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 31 March 2017
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