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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Hall (1849-1911)

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Businessman, Mayor of Brandon (1903-1904).

Born in Huntington County, Quebec on 24 May 1849, son of Marshal Hall and Elizabeth Kennedy, both of Ireland. At the age of 20, Hall entered the construction department of the Montreal Telegraph Co., where he eventually was made superintendent of construction for the North-West district, a position he held until 1884. Hall for responsible for constructing the first telegraph line in Manitoba for the MTC. In 1906, he was manager of the loan department for the Imperial Life Assurance Company.

Married on 5 March 1878 to Sarah Good, daughter of John Good of Kincardine, Ontario, he had four daughters: Isabella Hall, Marsella Hall, May Hall, and Dorothy Hall. In 1881, he homesteaded on the Assiniboine River north of Griswold. He purchased adjoining properties, and eventually owned over 2,000 acres, where he raised horses and cattle. He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Whitehead from 1885 to 1886, and Mayor of Brandon from 1903 to 1904.

Hall died at Brandon on 2 February 1911.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 May 2015

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