Memorable Manitobans: Edmund Marter Wood (1858-1936)
Lawyer, civil servant.
Born at Brantford, Ontario on 20 April 1858, son of Edmund Burke Wood and Jane Augusta Marter (?-1925), he was educated at Upper Canada College and came to Winnipeg in 1874. He studied law with the firm of Bain and Blanchard, and was admitted to the Manitoba Bar in 1880. He practiced law for a time in partnership with Samuel Clarke Biggs.
One-time solicitor for the City of Winnipeg, in 1890 he was appointed by James Allan Smart the first Deputy Municipal Commissioner for the Province of Manitoba, under Louis William Coutlee. He served in the position for 42 years, having served under the Greenway, Macdonald, Roblin, Norris and Bracken governments. In a newspaper interview conducted at the time of his retirement in early 1931, he said:
He was married twice, first to Georgiana Gove (c1858-1921), with whom he had two sons: Edmund Burke Wood (1881-?) and Frank Andrews “Bob” Wood (1889-?). On 10 November 1923, he married Nina Emily Macdonald (?-?) at Winnipeg. They lived in a suite in the Royal Alexandra Hotel until his death.
He died at Winnipeg on 26 January 1936 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Obituary [Georgianna Gove Wood], Manitoba Free Press, 2 June 1921, page 16.
Western Municipal News, 1931, page 8.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“E. M. Wood, former Deputy Municipal Commissioner dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1936, page 8.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 September 2022