Marguerite Spratt, nee Deuel (1872-1946) was born in Sacremento, California. She married Charles Spratt of Victoria on or around 1894. Charles inherited Victoria’s Albion Iron Works and the Victoria Machinery Depot (VMD) from his father Joseph in 1882. He successfully operated both enterprises until his health began to fail in 1921. Marguerite assumed control of VMD that year. Among her many achievements was overseeing VMD’s construction of 25 ships throughout the Second World War. During her tenure, VMD employed thousands of Victorians.
When Marguerite died in 1946, her estate was valued at $471,000. She provided for her pet terrier Rip with a companion housekeeper and occupancy of the family home until Rip’s death in 1949. She also made bequests to St. Joseph’s Hospital, and to the SPCA.