Sir William Whyte

Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada

Sir William Whyte was a close friend of Sir Daniel Hunter McMillan

Sir Daniel Hunter McMillan, Sir William Whyte and Senator Robert Watson, were some of the First Major Shareholders of the M & S Coal Company Ltd.

Sir William Whyte
b- Sept 15, 1843, in Charlestown, Fife, Scotland
Oct 15, 1843 Christened at United Association Burgh Seceders, Limekilns, Fife, Scotland
d- Apr 14, 1914 in San Diego CA. from a painful illness.
buried in St. John's Cemetery, Winnipeg MB
son of William Whyte and Christina Methven
There is a William Whyte neighbourhood and a School named after this man, in Winnipeg.
Immigrated in 1863
He was a Presbyterian, and a Freemason
1883 Grand Trunk Railway Superintendent in Toronto
1884 General Superintendent of the Credit Valley Railroad, and the Ontario and Quebec Railway.
1884 became General Superintendent of the Ontario Division of the CPR
1886 Western Division General Superintendent of the CPR
1901 he was in Montreal Quebec
found family in Winnipeg in 1901 census, Ward 2, Winnipeg
1904 back in Winnipeg MB
1904 appointed Second Vice-President of the CPR
June 1910 elected Vice-President of the CPR.
June 1911 he was Knighted by King George.
Retired Aug 1911.

Positions he held:
Vice-President of the CPR
Vice-President Winnipeg Electric Railway Co
Vice-President Standard Trust Co
Director Imperial Bank of Canada
Director Confederation Life Assurance
Director Imperial Guarantee and Accident Insurance Co
Director of the CPR

Member of:
The Manitoba and St. Charles Country Clubs of Winnipeg, St. James Club in Montreal, and Union Club of Victoria BC

1911 he lived at 603 River Ave, Winnipeg MB

Sir William Whyte married Apr 12, 1871, Jane Whyte, nee Scott, age 19
b- 1851 in Morrisburg, ON (b- July 7, 1861 in 1901 census)
d- Dec 6, 1930 at her home in Winnipeg, age 80
daughter of Adam Scott of Toronto
shown born in July 1861 in 1911 census.
her estate when she died, was only valued at $75,475.00
She obviously gave away a lot of her money to charity.

Sir William and Jane had 3 sons and 4 daughters

1881 census Sir William and Jane at St. George Ward, Toronto, York, ON
He is shown as a Freight Agent for GTR, with 3 children at home
Maggie Whyte- b- 1872 in ON- 2d below
Teenie Whyte- b- 1873 in ON
Edith Whyte- b- 1876 in ON- 4d below

5 children survived in 1930: (1d-5d)
the son William below, is the fellow at M&S in 1956
I'm missing 2 sons, who died before 1930 obviously

1d.**William Whyte (Jr)
b- July 17, 1883 in Toronto ON
d- Aug 30, 1960 at Winnipeg MB
buried in St. John's Cemetery, Winnipeg MB
1911, he was Manager of Natural Resources Security Co.
1922 elected Vice-President of Mortgage Loans Association at Manitoba.
already a member of the Huron and Erie Mortgage Corporation at Winnipeg.
1930 Manager of Huron and Erie Mortgage Corporation at Winnipeg.
Manager Canada Trust Company
William Whyte Jr. was President of M&S 1956
he married Marguerite Marie Bastede Blair Sept 4, 1907
b- Jan 15, 1884 in Toronto, York, ON
d- ?
daughter of William Wallace Blair, (1852-1916) and Margaret Maria Blair, nee Bastede
William and Marguerite Whyte had 4 children
Their house at 66 Kingsway was designed by Marguerite's father, a very famous Irish born Architect, William Wallace Blair, as a wedding present to them

2d. Margaret “Maggie” Whyte,
b- Apr 1, 1872 in ON
d- ?
married John Francis “Frank” Fisher, Sept 12, 1899 in Winnipeg MB
b- Dec 9, 1872 in ON
d- ?
I believe his father was James Fisher KC
partner in law firm below with his son
Occupation- Lawyer in 1901, Scottish, Presbyterian, Living in Ward 3, Winnipeg, MB, then Minneapolis
He was a shareholder when the Manitoba Great Northern Railway Company was incorporated, Mar 10, 1909
Part of the Law Firm, Fisher, Wilson, Battram, & Hamilton, located in the Trust & Loan Building, Winnipeg

3d. Christine “Teenie” Methven Whyte,
b- 1873 in ON (b- Aug 1877 in 1901 census)
d- ?
married James Archibald Hunter, Nov 25, 1903 in Winnipeg
living in Winnipeg

4d. Edith Jane Whyte,
b- 1876 in ON (b- April 1880 in 1901 census)
d- ?
married Charles S. Meek, June 11, 1902 in Winnipeg
living in Vancouver

5d. Gladys Helen Whyte
b- Aug 19, 1889 in Winnipeg MB
d- bef 1930
only one living at home in 1911
she married George Thomas Chreighton, Nov 17, 1920 in Winnipeg
living in Montreal
1901 living in Winnipeg, as Gladdice Whyte


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