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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Ernest Halls (1872-1950)

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Frank Ernest Halls
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Engineer and builder.

Born at Elimville, Ontario on 20 April 1872, son of James Halls and Mary Ann Andrew, he was educated at public schools and the University of Illinois at Champlain. He began working as a draughtsman with the Luxfer Prism Company, at Chicago, in 1895. He came to Winnipeg in 1907 as a fire-proofing expert with the construction firm of Carter-Halls-Aldinger. He was also a Director of the Western Stone Company (St. Boniface) and the Great-West Life Assurance Company (1930-1950).

In 1944, the construction firm went into voluntary liquidation from which two companies were formed, the Carter Construction Company based in Toronto, Ontario and the Commonwealth Construction Company with Halls as a partner with R. R. Collard, A. W. Fosness, and G. H. Elliott.

In 1901, he married Josephine Pierce of Davenport, Iowa and they subsequently had two sons and one daughter. He was a member of the Commercial Travellers Club and his recreations included bowling and fishing. In the 1910s, the family lived at 248 Wellington Crescent.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 27 February 1950 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of the Manitoba buildings that his firm constructed:

Building

Location

Year

Marshall-Wells Building

136 Market Avenue, Winnipeg

1905-1906

Casa Loma Building

644 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

McArthur Building / Childs Building

211 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1909-1910

Confederation Life Association Building

457 Main Street, Winnipeg

1912

Finnie and Murray Building

321 McDermot, Winnipeg

1912

McCormicks Limited Building

425 Henry Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

Delaval Warehouse / Ingaldson Building

128 James Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

Marshall Wells Warehouse [expansion]

136 Market Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

Winnipeg Electric Railway Building

213 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

1912-1913

Manitoba Free Press Building

300 Carlton Street, Winnipeg

1913

Olympia Hotel / Marlborough Hotel

331 Smith Street, Winnipeg

1913

St. Charles Hotel

235 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

Minto Armouries

969 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

Ramsay-Wright Building

Main Street North, Dauphin

1920-1921

New Hargrave Building

361 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg

1922

Canadian Pacific Railway Post Office Building

765 Main Street, Winnipeg

1924

Hudson’s Bay Company Building

450 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1925-1926

Pine Falls Paper Mill

Powerview-Pine Falls

1926-1927

Northern Electric Building

65 Rorie Street, Winnipeg

1928

Federal Building

269 Main Street, Winnipeg

1935-1936

Manitoba Sugar Company Plant

555 Hervo Street, Winnipeg

1939-1940

Service Flying Training School No. 33

RM of North Cypress

1940

Sources:

Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Construction firm founder, F. E. Halls dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1950, page 1.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Monica Ball for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 November 2016

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