Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Carter (1874-1962)
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 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 buildings that his firm constructed:
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 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]
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1962, page 25.
Profile revised: 8 April 2012
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