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Memorable Manitobans: William Hall (1863-1935)

Steamboat operator, businessman.

Born at Arran, Bruce County, Ontario on 1 January 1863, he accompanied his parents to Manitoba in 1873. He became a pioneering steamship captain, owning and operating excursion steamers on the Red River for over 25 years, in part under the banner of the Hall Navigation Company. He travelled between Winnipeg and the mouth of the Red River, stopping at destinations along the way, including the St. Andrews Locks, Keenora Park, and Riverside Beach. He captained the Gertie H., J. M. Smith, and Keenora prior to retirement in 1927. He married Alice Elizabeth Heap (1872-1950) and had four children: Olive Hall (1893-?), Mabel Alta Hall (1895-1950, wife of Robert Hamilton McCartney), Gordon M. Hall (1899-?), and Alvah Ashworth Hall (1900-1963). On 6 November 1935, he suffered a heart attack at the corner of Sherbrook Street and McDermot Avenue in Winnipeg and died before reaching the Winnipeg General Hospital. Internment was in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“William Hall, retired steamboat Captain dies, aged 72 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1935, page 9.

“William Hall, river steamer Captain, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 November 1935, page 20.

Obituary [Mabel Alta McCartney], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1950, page 28.

Obituary [Mrs. A.E. Hall], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 1950, page 26.

Obituary [Alvah Ashworth Hall], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1963, page 31.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 6 June 2015

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