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Memorable Manitobans: Wilford Phillips (1858-1918)


Born at Prince Edward County, Ontario on 8 October 1858, the son of Smith and Hannah Phillips, he received his early education in the public schools of Prince Edward County and later studied technology and engineering at Toronto. He worked on his father’s farm until 1886. In March 1890, he secured a position with the Metropolitan Street Railway Company of North Toronto. In July 1892 he became engineer and superintendent of the North Toronto Waterworks and Electric Lighting Company. In March 1893 he became engineer of the Niagara Falls Parkand River Railway and in 1896 was appointed Manager of that Company. He resigned in June 1900 and in August of the same year accepted the position of Manager of the Winnipeg Electric Railway Company. He retired as General Manager of the Winnipeg Electric Railway Company on 1 October 1917 owing to ill health. He was made a director of the Company and retained on the staff in an advisory capacity.

He was married in June 1881 to Susan Dorland of Prince Edward County, and they had one son. He was a Mason and a member of the Carleton Club and the St. Charles Country Club.

After a lengthy illness he died at Rochester, Minnesota, on 13 June 1918 and was buried in Toronto.


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.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

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