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MHS Centennial Business: Manitoba Government Telephones / Manitoba Telephone System / MTS Allstream / Bell MTS

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Commissioners / Chairman | Superintendents | Chief Engineers | Buildings | Sources

On 30 December 1907, the Manitoba government purchased the telephone system belonging to the Bell Telephone Company in Manitoba, for the sum of $3,300,000, and established Manitoba Government Telephones to operate them. It was renamed the Manitoba Telephone System in 1933. Later known by the acronym MTS, in 1996 the firm was privatized by the provincial government of Gary Filmon. All assets of the company were purchased by Bell Canada in March 2017, and it now operates as Bell MTS.

On 5 April 2008, an MHS Centennial Business Award was presented to MTS Chief Executive Officer Pierre Blouin, at the Third Annual Manitoba Business Adventurers Banquet, by Manitoba Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard, MHS President J. M. Bumsted, and Asper School of Business Dean Glenn Feltham.

Commissioners / Chairmen

Period

Commissioner / Chairman

1908-1912

Francis Charles Paterson (1865-?)

1912-1921

George A. Watson

1921-1945

John Edmond Lowry (1880-1951)

1945-1954

Peter McAusland Millar (1889-1964)

1954-1974

James Ferguson “Jim” Mills (1909-1996)

1974-1980

Gordon W. Holland

1980-1981

William John Antliff Bulman

1981-1985

Saul Alecs Miller (1917-1993)

1985-1987

Jean W. Edmonds

1987-1989

Paul G. Thomas

1989-?

Thomas E. “Tom” Stefanson

Superintendents

Period

Superintendent

?-1948

Henry “Harry” Coddington (1883-1965)

Chief Engineers

Period

Chief Engineer

1912-1939

Harold Edward Brockwell (1870-1945)

1939-1945

Ernest Henry Williams (c1879-1965)

1945-1952

James Ferguson “Jim” Mills (1909-1996)

1952-1956

?

1956-1972

Gilbert Alexander Muir (1912-1973)

Buildings

Building

Location

Built

Baldur

Baldur, RM of Argyle

1928

Beausejour

Beausejour

1930

Binscarth

Municipality of Russell-Binscarth

1929

Boissevain

460 South Railway Street

1938

Brandon

19 Ninth Street, Brandon

1917

Carberry

121 Main Street

c1941

Cartwright

Municipality of Cartwright-Roblin

1929

Crystal City

210 Broadway Street

?

Elkhorn

RM of Wallace-Woodworth

1932

Elm Creek

RM of Grey

1929

Emerson

15 Main Street

1928

Gladstone

24 Dennis Street

c1941

Grey

RM of Grey

1952

Hamiota

Municipality of Hamiota

1936

Hartney

315 East Railway Street

1947

Miami

RM of Thompson

1930

Morris

RM of Morris

1952

Oakland-Wawanesa

Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa

1952

Rivers

Municipality of Riverdale

1930

Roblin

Municipality of Roblin

1928

Roland

RM of Roland

1928

Souris

27 Crescent Avenue West

1928

Stonewall

336 Main Street

1941

Swan River

Swan River

1935

Teulon

52 Main Street

1938

The Pas

The Pas

1928

Victoria

RM of Victoria

1952

Virden

560 Seventh Avenue South, Virden

1930

Winnipeg

405 Burrows Avenue (St. John’s)

1911

Winnipeg

474 Hargrave Street (Garry)

1907

Winnipeg

230 Martin Avenue West (Elmwood)

1928

Winnipeg

413 Niagara Street (River Heights)

1929

Winnipeg

340 Rutland Street (St. James)

1916

Winnipeg

297 Sherbrook Street (Sherbrook)

1909

Winnipeg

Transcona

1930

Winnipeg

166 Portage Avenue East

1931

Winnipeg

Portage Avenue

1931

Winnipeg

Norwood

1938

See also:

A History of the Telephone in Manitoba by Gilbert A. Muir
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1964-1965 Season

Sources:

“Lowry will be new telephone commissioner,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 February 1921, page 1.

“Peter Millar named 'phones commissioner,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 February 1945, page 25.

People of Service: A Brief History of the Manitoba Telephone System, 3rd edition by Robert H. Drain for MTS Corporate Communications, Winnipeg, 1991. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 May 2020

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