Memorable Manitobans: Charles Wesley Speers (1856-1920)
Farmer, immigration agent.
Born on a farm in Halton County, Ontario on 22 February 1856, son of Archibald Speers, he came to western Canada in 1885 and farmed three miles south of Griswold. Later in his life, he also owned a farm near Speers, Saskatchewan. For many years a colonization agent for the Canadian government. He and wife Eliza Isabel Reid (1860-1950) had three children: John Archibald Speers (1883-1932), Melinda Jeanette Speers (1888-?, wife of Arthur William Harcourt), Bertha Speers (1891-?), and Florence May Speers (1893-?). The family lived at 113 Princess Avenue East in Brandon. He died at Butte, Montana on 27 March 1920 while enroute to Spokane, Washington. He was buried in the Brandon Cemetery. He is commemorated by the community of Speers, Saskatchewan.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Wesley Speers dies suddenly at Butte,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 March 1920, page 7. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]
“Charles Wesley Speers,” Brandon Sun, 1 April 1920.
We thank Sandy Jasper for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 February 2022