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Memorable Manitobans: Wilford Phillips (1858-1918)

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Wilford Phillips
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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.

In June 1881, he married Susan M. Dorland (1855-?) of Prince Edward County, Ontario and they had a son, Harold E. Phillips (1882-?). He was a member of the Masons, Carleton Club, and St. Charles Country Club.

He died at Rochester, Minnesota on 13 June 1918, after a lengthy illness, and was buried at Toronto.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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.

Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 500.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 October 2021

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