Memorable Manitobans: Stephen Clifford Oxton (1869-1927)
Building engineer, civil servant.
Born at Liverpool, England in 1869, he came to Canada in the 1890s and to Winnipeg around 1904. As an employee of the Lyall Mitchell Construction Company, he became Superintendent of the firm’s limestone quarry at Garson. He returned to Winnipeg in 1914 where he was involved in the construction of the CPR Station, Royal Alexandra Hotel, Union Station, Canadian Bank of Commerce, and Manitoba Legislative Building. In 1915, he became a special assistant to the provincial Minister of Public Works and, the following year, was appointed Deputy Minister of Public Works upon the retirement of Charles Henry Dancer, serving until October 1922. He was also Chair of the Manitoba Fair Wages Board for several years. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1922 and died there on 27 August 1927. He was survived by his wife Eliza ? (1869-1951) and son George Clifford Oxton (1892-1928).
“Presentation to the Rector,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 July 1905, page 2.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Death of S. C. Oxton occurs at Vancouver,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1927. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]
“Former Deputy Minister dies in Vancouver,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1927, page 16.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 23 July 2020