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Memorable Manitobans: William Cyrenius Hall (1862-1920)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Headingley on 12 September 1862, the son of William Benjamin Hall and Matilda Martha Talbot (1836-1913), he attended St. John’s College. On 12 February 1917, he married Mary Elizabeth Jones (c1885-1958) at Winnipeg and had two children: William Benjamin David Hall (1919-1920) and Wilma Mary Hall (1918-?, wife of Walter Sutherland) and resided at the two and a half storey family residence known as “The Hermitage.” He served as Councillor (1913-1920) and Reeve (1914-1916) of Charleswood, as well as on the local School Board and had noted involvement with the Charleswood Agricultural Society. He died tragically in a fire at The Hermitage on the evening of 27 January 1920, which also claimed the life of his infant son William, house guest John Marigold (c1850-1920), and farmhand William Rogers (c1904-1920). His wife and young daughter escaped from the inferno. A joint funeral was attended by hundreds of people from the local and neighbouring communities, after which he was buried in Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery at Headingley.


Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth notice [Wilma], Manitoba Free Press, 22 July 1918, page 7.

Birth notice [William], Manitoba Free Press Evening Bulletin , 17 September 1919, page 15.

“Father, baby and two others perish in fire,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 28 January 1920, page 2.

“Four lives lost when residence of Wm. C. Hall, Headingly, is burned,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 January 1920, page 1.

“Four victims of Headingly fire are buried, many from Winnipeg attend,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 30 January 1920, page 1.

“Impressive funeral of four fire victims,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 January 1920, page 7.

“Livestock and other affects of W. C. Hall,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 March 1920, page 6.

“Sutherland - Hall,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1940, page 19.

Birth notice [William David Sutherland], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 May 1947, page 17.

Obituary [Mary Elizabeth Hall], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1958, page 23.

Obituary [Walter Sutherland], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1982, page 35.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 June 2014

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