William Newman

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William Newman, 1905

William Newman (22 January 1866 - 6 January 1952) was a civil engineer who lived in Windsor and Winnipeg, in Canada.


William belongs to an English family which settled in Ontario in 1845. In that year his grandfather, Thomas Newman, and his wife Mary (Hillier) Newman, and two children, became residents of the County of Essex, having secured land from Col. Talbot, on the north half of Lot 14, Middle Road, North. On this property Thomas Newman and his wife died, leaving as heirs a son and a daughter: James, who became the father of William Newman, of Windsor; and Anne, who became the wife of John Campbell and is now deceased.

Early life

William Newman, the fourth child of James Newman, was born 22 January 1866, in Tilbury West, and was given most excellent educational advantages. After honorably and creditably finishing his course in the Galt high school; he entered the School of Practical Science of Toronto University [2], from which institution he was graduated in 1891, with his degree of civil engineer.

In 1905 Newman described himself as: "Politically, Mr. Newman is identified with the Conservative party, and fraternally he belongs to both the Masonic and I.O.F. orders. He is an associate member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, and in his profession is regarded as an authority; he is considered one of the progressive and useful citizens of Windsor."


After spending one year in engineering work with Alexander Baird, on 1 January 1893, he opened an office in Windsor, and from that time he has enjoyed the cordial support of the public, and does more business in his line than any other in this locality. His ability has been so recognized that in 1895 he was appointed city engineer, an office "he most capably filled", up until 1905.

First attested contract in Winnipeg, circa May 1907

Sometime between 1906 and 1907 he started "Wm. Newman Co. Ltd.", also known as "William Newman Co.", in Winnipeg, which was referenced in Winnipeg newspapers as winning various contracts for pile driving and grading of roads, from 1907 until 1951. [3]

William Newman Company headquarters, Cadomin Building, circa 1920

In the 1920s, the headquarters of William Newman Company were in room 104 of the Cadomin Building at Main Street and Graham Avenue (276-286 Main Street) [4].

Millwood, Man.

General contract for construction of bridge costing $34,000 for Rural Munici- pality of Russell, Man., is awarded to Wm. Newman Co., 104 Cadomin Bldg.,


— The Contract Record, Toronto, 7 July 1920 [5]

BUILDERS' SUPPLIES - STONE FOR SALE. Limestone, rubble, suitable for building foundations, rockeries, flower beds, etc. For sale, cheap. Ph. 204 157 WM. NEWMAN CO., LTD.

— Winnipeg Free Press, page 20, 23 May 1934.

NEW AND USED PLANK AND TIMERS for sale at reduced prices. Apply Wm. Newman Co. Ltd., 825 Tache Ave., St. Boniface. Phone 204 157.

— Winnipeg Free Press, page 32, 5 May 1949.
Wm. Newman Co. Ltd., 825 Taché Avenue, Winnipeg, at the time of the 1950 Red River Flood [1].

After William died in 1952 the company was liquidated to settle lawyers' claims. The company's work office at 825 Taché Avenue was the site of "Red River Construction Co. as of 1955. [6]

825 Taché Avenue, a 1-acre site in a prime position at the centre of the city, was the site of a planned high-rise residential building in 2015.

Marriage and family

From left: Clare, Clint, and Harold Newman, June 1907

In 1891 Mr. Newman was married to Lorana Wilkinson, daughter of J. J. Wilkinson, of Mersea township, and three children were born to this union, namely:

Move to Winnipeg

Upon completing high school his son Clint began attending University with the intention of becoming a civil engineer. During the summer seasons he worked for his father William in the family construction business, Wm. Newman Construction Co. based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (photo: 1950 flood). The company specialized in pile driving, building bridges and wharfs. This would have taken place approximately 1912-13.

Later life

William's wife died in 1918 of Spanish Influenza.

See main article: Why Clint Newman left his family

The following was posted to page 15 of the Winnipeg Free Press on 22 January 1936, along with six others:

"Birthday congratulations to William Newman, Winnipeg. Born Essex County, Ontario, 22 Jan. 1866."

He received a similar wish in 1940, and several other years, the last being 22 Jan 1951.

In 1950 his company's low bid was rejected for being too low.

In November 1951 some piling material was listed as being for sale. Perhaps this was a liquidation of the company's assets? But William hadn't died yet.

David Newman claims he died 6 January 1952. This cannot be confirmed in the Manitoba Records until 70 years have passed, so we must wait until 2022. [7]


Clint had three sons, Bruce, Jack, and Gene, and seven grandchildren: Sandra, Evelyn, Mary Ann, Janet, David, Tom, Karen.

Clare had one son, Patrick.

Harold had three children: David Harold Newman, Loraine Houston, and John Newman.


David Newman, as recorded from stories from Harold Newman

A biography written for the "Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Essex", likely by William Newman himself, in 1905.

Winnipeg Free Press, page 4. 17 February 1959.