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Memorable Manitobans: O. A. Thomas (1881-?)

Railway agent.

Born at Portland, Maine on 12 April 1881, son of E. B. Thomas and Maggie Little, he spent much of his childhood at Coburg, Ontario, attending the Collegiate Institute there until the age of 15 when he moved to Brockville with his mother and studied telegraphy. They moved to Toronto and he got a jobs as a telegrapher with the Great Northwestern Telegraph Company and the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1900 he came to Manitoba in the employ of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, rising to become a freight and passenger agent for the Canadian Northern Railway at Brandon. On 28 August 1905, he married Mamie Foster at Carman, Manitoba. They had a son, Edward Foster Thomas. The family resided at 312 Princess Avenue, Brandon. He was a member of the Brandon Commercial Club, IOOF (Carman Lodge No. 22), the Masons (Tweed Lodge No. 113), and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.

Sources:

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2010

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