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Edward Worrell Jarvis

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Edward Worrell Jarvis (1846-1894)

1896 Obituary [1]

EDWARD WORRELL JARVIS was born at Charlottetown, Prince Edward’s Island, Canada, on the 26th January, 1846.

On the death of his father, who was Chief Justice of the Island, he came to England to be educated. After serving a pupilage of three years to W. M. Brydone, he returned to Canada in 1868, when he was employed on the Intercolonial Railway in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

From 1871 to 1873 he carried out surveys, some across the Rocky Mountains, for the Canadian Pacific Railway. In the autumn of 1874 he was selected to make a preliminary exploration of the Smoky River Pass of the Rocky Mountains.

A full account of this exploration, which was of a dangerous character, will be found in the official Report on Surveys, Canadian Pacific Railway, 1877.

On his return to Winnipeg in 1875 Mr. Jarvis entered into business as a lumber merchant.

In 1880-83 he built the Louise and Broadway bridges over the Red River and the Main Street bridge over the Assiniboine River in the City of Winnipeg. He was in command of the Winnipeg Field Battery of the Canadian artillery, served with it in the Riel rebellion of 1885 and was mentioned in despatches.

He then received an appointment as Superintendent in the North-West Mounted Police, which he held until his death at Calgary, Alberta, on the 26th November, 1894.

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