Saskatchewan Gen Web Project - SASKATCHEWAN AND ITS PEOPLE by JOHN HAWKES Vol 1II 1924

Prominent among the energetic, enterprising and successful business men of Saskatoon is Walter Harold Briggs, chartered accountant, with offices in the Drinkle building. He was born at Windsor Mills, Quebec, on the first of March, 1889, a son of Arthur Allen and Alice Harriett (Mayou) Briggs, natives of England. His parents came to Canada about 1883 and located at Three Rivers, where the father engaged in the manu- facture of paper. He later moved to Georgetown, where he was in the same line of business, and subsequently went to Windsor Mills and be- came associated with the Canada Paper Company. He was with the Kinleith Paper Company at St. Catharines as superintendent for several years and some years later accepted his present position with the hos- pital at Weston, Ontario, where he has charge of the piggery and hennery. Mrs. Briggs is also living. There were five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Briggs, Edith, the youngest, dying in infancy. Walter Harold is the youngest living. The other children are: Etheldreda, Alice Marjorie, and Arthur Francis Mayou Briggs. Arthur Francis Mayou Briggs is a Bachelor of Applied Science and is at present associated with the Volta Manufacturing Company at Welland, Ontario, as draftsman. In the pursuit of his education Walter Harold Briggs attended the public schools of Windsor Mills and for some time was a student at a col- lege in Richmond, Quebec. He likewise attended college in Montreal a short time and then put his textbooks aside and entered the service the Imperial Bank at St. Catharines. He resigned his position with bank at the end of four years, because of failing health, and in 1911 re- moved to Alberta and spent one year on a farm in that province. In the fall of 1912 he came to Saskatoon and entered into partnership with Thomas H. G. Strachan, who was later accidentally killed. Mr. Briggs operated a farm one year and then accepted a position as an accountant with Cruise & Tufts, barristers, with whom he remained until 1919, when he entered the office of Victor J. Ferguson, extended mention of whom is made elsewhere in this work. He received some valuable experience while working for Mr. Ferguson and he passed his final examinations in April of the year 1920. He immediately established an office on his own account and has built up an extensive and important patronage. Subse- quently Mr. Briggs took out an appointment as trustee in bankruptcy and until the new laws came into force on October 1, 1923, he was the only individual trustee in bankruptcy in the city. On the 14th of December, 1915, Mr. Briggs was married to Miss Mar- jorie Gordon Lofthouse, the only daughter of the Right Rev. J. Loft- house, D. D., at that time bishop of Keewatin. To Mr. and Mrs. Briggs two children were born; Arthur Loftouse, whose birth occurred on the 17th of December, 1916; and John Joseph Gordon, who was born on the 28th of November, 1918, and died on the 31st of December of the same year. Mrs. Briggs passed away on the 5th of December, 1918, during the influenza epidemic. Her death came as a severe shock to her family and many friends in this city, for Mrs. Briggs was a woman of charming and magnetic personality and was prominent in all church and social affairs. Although devoting the greater part of his time and attention to his business affairs, Mr. Briggs is ever ready to lend a helping hand in the up- building of Saskatoon. He is an active member of the Dominion Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Saskatchewan Institute of Chartered Accountants, and of the Canadian Club and the Amateur Dramatic So- ciety. His religious faith is that of the Church of England, being an active member of Christ church, Saskatoon, and for the past few years Mr. Briggs has been a delegate to the synod at Prince Albert. His business associates find him energetic, determined and resourceful and his church and social acquaintances place him high in their regard because of the sterling traits of his manhood and citizenship. Bibliography follows:

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