Memorable Manitobans: Chessman George Spencer (1867-1940)
Born at Carroll, Maine in 1867, son of George G. Spencer and Lydia Spencer, he later moved to Duluth, Minnesota where he worked for a packing business. In 1900, he became Manager of Morris and Company at Chicago. He came to Winnipeg in 1905 to form the Spencer Grain Company, eventually becoming the Western Elevator Company. He was a Director of Toronto General Trusts and Grain Insurance and Guarantee Company, and an early investor in the Manitoba Sugar Company.
In 1896, he married Laura Burdette (c1869-1953) of Lake City, Minnesota and they had a daughter, Natalie Spencer (?-1962, wife of Theodore Arthur Burrows). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Winnipeg Winter Club, St. Charles Country Club, Niakwa Country Club, and Detroit (Minnesota) Country Club.
“Spencer Grain Co., Limited,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 September 1915, page 91.
“C. G. Spencer, grain man, dies, aged 73,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1940, page 4.
“Grain executive is buried today,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 May 1940, page 10.
“Many attend funeral for C. G. Spencer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1940, page 18.
“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.
“Mrs. C. G. Spencer of Tuxedo buried,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 March 1953, page 10.
Obituary [Natalie Burrows], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1962, page 29.
We thank William J. Neal for providing additional information used here.
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