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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest William Watts (1879-?)

Civil servant.

Born in London, England, 3 August 1879. Son of W. J. Watts and Emma Otter. Married Helen M. (Weaves, 6 March 1915. Has two daughters and one son. Was educated at Philological School, London; King’s College, London. Came to Winnipeg in 1910 and started to work in City Surveyor’s office as draughtsman, under J. W. Harris and was instrumental in compiling the city atlas at that date. Transferred to City Assessment office in 1917 and remained until 1919 when he resigned and became Assessor of Fort Garry Municipality. In 1920 joined the provincial government of Manitoba as secretary of the Manitoba Tax Commission and was appointed to the position of Chairman of the Manitoba Tax Commission in 1923. Mr. Watts is an Associate of the Surveyors Institute, London, England (1908); Fellow in 1918. Member of the Canadian Club. Interested in golf, cricket and football. Anglican. Superintendent of St. Matthew’s Sunday School. Residence, 239 Ruby Street, Winnipeg.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Page revised: 27 December 2008

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