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Memorable Manitobans: Manson Ainslie Lyons (1879-1965)


Born at Delhaven, Nova Scotia on 14 November 1879, son of Joseph H. Lyons and Catherine Taylor, he was educated at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, High School; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He taught manual training for two years in the College of St. Francis Xavier, Nova Scotia and one year in Lunenburg (High School), then was engaged in such various engineering works as wharf, freshwater and dam construction and railway location on Halifax and Eastern Railway in Nova Scotia. In 1910, he graduated in Civil Engineering, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Boston.

He went to Calgary in spring of 1911 and was engaged until 1912 in irrigation and railway engineering with the Canadian Pacific Railway. For the next two years, he worked in drainage and bridge engineering with Government of Manitoba. In April 1914, he was appointed Chief Engineer of the Good Roads Board of Manitoba. He served as President of the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba from 1920 to 1921. In 1936, he replaced Archibald McGillivray as Manitoba Highway Commissioner. He later served as Deputy Minister of Public Works.

On 31 December 1912, he married Susan Kent, with whom he had a son and a daughter.

He died at Trail, British Columbia on 10 February 1965.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Arden Concrete Arch Bridge No. 2 (Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne)


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Western Municipal News, December 1936, page 362.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1965, page 28.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 February 2016

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