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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel David Wood (1859-1925)

Building contractor.

Born at Bilston, England, son of D. Wood and Mary Wright, he emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1870 and settled at Brantford, Ontario. He was later employed constructing bridges for the Grand Trunk Railway, eventually becoming a contrator at Seaforth, Ontario. He moved to Winnipeg in 1882 and worked in the building trades, later working as a locomotive engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway from 1883 to 1885. He delivered the first contingent of troops to Saskatchewan during the 1885 North West Rebellion, then retired to a career as a building contrator in Winnipeg, in partnership with A. C. Sutherland.

After 1900, he diversified into coal and wood supply, was a partner in the Alsip Brick and Tile Company, and operated quarries at Stony Mountain. He also served as a member of the Winnipeg City Council (1901, 1903-1904) and the Winnipeg Board of Trade. An ardent curling, he served as President of the Thistle Curling Club and Manitoba Curling Association (1900-1901). He was a member of the Carleton Club, Winnipeg Automobile Club, Whytewold Beach Club, AF & AM (Ancient Landmark Lodge), IOOF, SOEBS, and AOUW. On 10 September 1885, he married Kate Wilson (1863-?) of Shelby, Manitoba. They had eight children: Adwin Victor Wood (b 1886), Howard Wood (b 1888), Melville Wood (b 1890), Kathleen Wood (b 1894, wife of William Matheson), Gladys Wood (b 1896, wife of William J. Boyd), Lionel A. Wood (b 1898), William Wood (b 1903), and George Edward Wood (b 1905).

He died at his Winnipeg home, 436 Edmonton Street, on 30 December 1925.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Norquay School No. 1

Lusted Avenue, Winnipeg

1892

Demolished (1955)

Stovel Building

245 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1893

 

Court House

Winnipeg

1894-1895

Demolished (?)

Davis Building

Winnipeg

1895

Demolished (?)

Bank of Hamilton

Winnipeg

1897

Demolished (?)

Gladstone School

Osborne Street, Winnipeg

1898

Demolished (?)

Isbister School

310 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg

1898

 

Bank of Commerce

Winnipeg

1900

Demolished (?)

Somerset School

775 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1901

Demolished (2005)

Wellington School

Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg

1905-1906

Demolished (?)

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“D. D. Wood, prominent city contractor, dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 December 1915, page 1.

“Isbister School,” Manitoba Historic Resources Branch, 1984, 16 pages.

We thank Terry Webber for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 July 2017

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