Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 141 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
LG History

Fundraising Dinner 2020

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Jens Munk at Churchill
Field Trip:

Manitoba History No. 90

No. 90

Memorable Manitobans of 2019
of 2019

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Edmund “Bert” Hall (1920-2014)

Click to enlarge

Bert Hall
Click to enlarge

Farmer, municipal official.

Born on the family farm on 20 January 1920, he attended New Haven School for grades 1 to 8 then completed grades 9 and 10 by correspondence. He and his older brother then established the first registered turkey hatchery in Manitoba. Its operation was interrupted by the Second World War, where he was an aircraft mechanic in the Royal Canadian Air Force, based at the Paulson Bombing and Gunnery School.

Following his military discharge, he married teacher Clara Sampson (1919-1986), purchased the family farm, and operated it until 1956 when he moved to Manitou to become Director and General Manager of Manitou Broiler Farms. He held this position until retirement in 1985. During this period, he was active in numerous agricultural organizations, including the Manitoba Chicken Broiler Producers Marketing Board, Manitoba Farm Bureau, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Chicken Marketing Agency, and Manitoba Natural Products Marketing Council. He was one of the founding members of the Keystone Agricultural Producers.

Active in his community, he seved on the Manitou School Board and was a member of building committees for the local United Church education building, elementary school, arena, Pembina Manitou Health Centre, and seniors complex. He served as the Mayor of Manitou from 1987 to 1992.

In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame, and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), University of Manitoba Distinguished Service Award, Manitoba Volunteer Award, 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal (1992), and Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).

He died at Manitou on 1 February 2014.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 February 2014, page

We thank Derryl Hall for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 August 2017

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2020 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.