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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Carter (1874-1962)

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William Henry Carter
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Building contractor.

Born at Bismark, Illinois on 21 January 1874, son of Ninion R. and Elizabeth J. Carter, he was educated at Danville, Illinois. He commenced his business career as a timekeeper for the M. Yeager & Sons construction firm, in 1896. He worked for ten years as Superintendent of Construction for the William Grace Company of Chicago, coming to Winnipeg in 1903 and organized the Carter-Halls-Aldinger Company.

He served as President of the Western Drainage Company, Vice President of the Lake Bar Sand and Gravel Company, and a Director of the Walbridge Aldinger Company (Detroit), Aldinger Company (Detroit), Sovereign Life Insurance Company, and the Winnipeg Cartage Company. He was President of the Winnipeg Builders’ Exchange (1910, 1911, 1914) and the Winnipeg Board of Trade (1918-19). He was Chairman of the Manitoba Sugar Company (circa 1939) and Vice-President of the Winnipeg Electric Company for several years, becoming its head in 1940 as well as Chairman of the Single Men’s Relief Commission in Winnipeg and the Industrial Development Board. In 1933, he was elected President of the Better Business Bureau and, in 1945, he was appointed Chairman of the Manitoba Regional Council to assist post-war reconstruction efforts. He was a founding director of the Lakeside Fresh Air Camp for Children on Lake Winnipeg. He operated a stock farm, known as Cloverleaf Farm, near Cloverleaf, Manitoba.

On 5 October 1904, he married Mary Julia Tullis (?-1950) of Danville, Illinois, with whom he had one son, Tullis N. Carter. He lived at 261 Harvard Street, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, Adanac Club, Commercial Travellers Club and St. Charles Country Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 1 December 1962 and was buried in Springfield Cemetery. He is commemorated by Carter Avenue in Winnipeg.

Some of the Manitoba buildings that his firm constructed:




Marshall-Wells Building

136 Market Avenue, Winnipeg


Casa Loma Building

644 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg


McArthur Building / Childs Building

211 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg


Confederation Life Association Building

457 Main Street, Winnipeg


Finnie and Murray Building

321 McDermot, Winnipeg


McCormicks Limited Building

425 Henry Avenue, Winnipeg


Delaval Warehouse / Ingaldson Building

128 James Avenue, Winnipeg


Marshall Wells Warehouse [expansion]

136 Market Avenue, Winnipeg


Winnipeg Electric Railway Building

213 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg


Manitoba Free Press Building

300 Carlton Street, Winnipeg


Olympia Hotel / Marlborough Hotel

331 Smith Street, Winnipeg


St. Charles Hotel

235 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg


Minto Armouries

969 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg


Ramsay-Wright Building

Main Street North, Dauphin


New Hargrave Building

361 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg


Canadian Pacific Railway Post Office Building

765 Main Street, Winnipeg


Hudson’s Bay Company Building

450 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg


Pine Falls Paper Mill

Powerview-Pine Falls


Northern Electric Building

65 Rorie Street, Winnipeg


Federal Building

269 Main Street, Winnipeg


Manitoba Sugar Company Plant

555 Hervo Street, Winnipeg


Service Flying Training School No. 33

RM of North Cypress


See also:

Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B13, page 56, Obituary - W. H. Carter.

City of Winnipeg Heritage Buildings Conservation List


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Free Press Necrology Files”, Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]

“Builder and carrier,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 November 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 77]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1962, page 25.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Monica Ball for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 11 November 2016

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