Member Biography

Edgar Carl Brown

(1886.11.28 - 1945.08.01)
Commission #039 (1911.07.10)

The late Edgar Carl Brown was born at Regina, NWT, on November 28th, 1886, the son of Thomas Brown and Annie Wynstanley Measfield, both of Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.

He was educated in the public, high and normal schools at Regina, graduating from the latter institution in April, 1905.

Mr. Brown taught school during the year 1906 at Parkbeg, Saskatchewan. He was employed as clerk in charge of the organization of school districts, Department of Education, Regina, from January to May 1907, leaving there to take the position of assistant to W.T. Thompson, DLS, MSC, district surveyor and engineer, Yorkton District, Department of Highways, Saskatchewan.

In May Mr. Brown wrote the preliminary DLS examination under A.O. Wheeler, DLS, at Calgary and forthwith became articled as pupil in surveying to Mr. Thompson. On the completion of the three-year term of articles, he wrote the final examination for DLS in May 1911, at Regina under F.J. Robinson, DLS, and the following month was commissioned a Dominion Land Surveyor, subsequently obtaining on examination the Saskatchewan Land Surveyor commission.

Mr. Brown continued with Mr. W.T. Thompson as assistant until September 1911, leaving then to enter the service of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway as land surveyor.

He was commissioned as an Alberta Land Surveyor in June 1912, and the same month given charge of all right-of-way and town site surveys for the GTP Railway in the prairie provinces. He continued in that position until the amalgamation of the GTP Railway and the Canadian National Railways in October 1920. Upon the organization of the Land Surveys Department the following spring, with A.S. Weekes, DLS, as chief land surveyor, Mr. Brown became surveyor for the Saskatchewan district, but continued to cover the prairie provinces on right-of-way, town site and miscellaneous surveys.

Mr. Brown was commissioned a Manitoba Land Surveyor in April 1926. In addition to membership in the Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta Associations he was also a member of the Canadian Institute of Surveying and the Town Planning Institute of Canada.

Mr. Brown's largest undertaking was the complete survey in 1915-1926 of all the GTR. Railway right-of-way in Saskatchewan, approximately 1,200 miles of track.

Mr. Brown passed away in Winnipeg on August 1st, 1945.

(Canadian Surveyor, January 1946)