Memorable Manitobans: Robert Hall (1849-1911)
Businessman, Mayor of Brandon (1903-1904).
Born in Huntington County, Quebec on 24 May 1849, son of Irish immigrants Marshal Hall and Elizabeth Kennedy, at the age of 20 he entered the construction department of the Montreal Telegraph Company (MTC), where he eventually was made superintendent of construction for the North-West district, a position he held until 1884. He 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.
On 5 March 1878, he married Sarah Jane Good (1856-1911, daughter of John Good of Kincardine, Ontario) and they had four daughters: Isabella Elizabeth Hall (1878-1961), Marsella Hall (1880-?), May Hall (1885-?), and Dorothy M. Hall (1896-?). 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 (1885-1886), and Mayor of Brandon (1903-1904).
He died at Brandon on 2 February 1911 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
We thank Sandy Jasper for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 January 2021