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Memorable Manitobans: William Edward Hales (1882-1960)

Brick manufacturer.

Born in England in February 1882, son of Robert Dorrell Hales and Elizabeth Caroline Jordan (1862-1929), he worked in his father’s brickworks at Rapid City and later ran a brickworks at Edrans and a short-lived brickworks at Swan River. He retired from business in 1945. He and wife Carrie Irene Hales (c1891-1982) had four daughters and a son. He was a member of the Winnipeg Lions Club, Greenwood United Church, and Greenwood Lawn Bowling Club. He died at his Winnipeg home, 934 Sherburn Street, on 16 May 1960 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Edrans-Brandon Pressed Brick Company


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“New company to operate clay deposits at Edrans,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 June 1924, page 12.

“Brick plant to go into operation May 1,” Swan Valley Star and Times, 12 February 1953, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 17 May 1960, page 36.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1960, page 32.

Obituary [Carrie Irene Hales], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1982, page 64.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2021

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