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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Vokes (1862-1917)

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Charles Vokes
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Civil servant, businessman.

Born in England on 12 July 1862, he came to western Canada around 1890 and worked in the land department of the Canadian Pacific Railway and later the Northern Pacific Railway. Under the Greenway government, he held the position of Deputy Land Commissioner. He was also involved in land survey work with Robert Young. Toward the end of his life, he was a partner in the real estate and financial firm of Kennedy and Vokes, with G. W. N. Kennedy. He was found dead on his farm near Quill Lake, Saskatchewan on 15 August 1917. A subsequent inquest ruled that his death was accidental. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in the Riverside Mausoleum. He was survived by his wife Edith Churchill Spencer and their six children.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Tragic death of Winnipeg man,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 August 1917, page 1.

“Charles Vokes buried,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 August 1917, page 2.

We thank Susan Bracken for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 August 2010

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