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Memorable Manitobans: Charles George Manness (1870-1954)

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Charles George Manness
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Administrator, tailor.

Born at Saint Helier, Jersey, in the Channel Islands on 16 January 1870, son of Frederick Benjamin Gabriel Manness (1831-1899) and Jane Berry (1830-1919), he immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1873 and resided at London, Ontario. By the early 1890s, he worked as a tailor (1891-1911) and married Effie Etta Switzer (1871-?) at Kirkton, Perth County, Ontario on 29 September 1892. They had a daughter; Ruth Jane Manness (1893-?) and moved from London to Toronto by 1911. He arrived within East Kildonan in April 1916 as Superintendent of the Knowles Home for Boys. Upon taking the position, he requested that his spouse be given the unpaid position of Assistant Superintendent. The Board rejected the request and, displeased with their decision, around December of the same year he resigned. By 1921, he was back in Toronto, working at a department store. He later moved to Hamilton, Ontario where he reportedly died on 3 October 1954.


1881, 1891, 1916, & 1921 Canada census Library and Archives Canada.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Ontario birth [Ruth Jane Manness] and marriage registrations, Ancestry.

“Knowles Home for Boys,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 September 1916, Junior edition page 8.

From Boys’ Home to Treatment Centre: A History of Knowles Centre Inc. by Kristine Baker, 1995.

Canadian voter lists, Ancestry.

Our Ancestors family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 July 2020

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