Memorable Manitobans: Alfred H. Hanna (1878-1961)
Born in Ireland on 23 April 1878, son of John Hanna and Jane Wilson, he attended Wesley College and earned degrees in Arts and Theology. He worked in Ireland and England before immigrating to Canada in the early 1900s, and by 1906 had arrived in Manitoba, where worked as a Methodist pastor in the Dauphin district (c1906) and Swan River district (c1908) prior to passing the Church Conference probationary period in mid-June 1910.
On 24 June 1910, he married Lulu Myrtle Hunt (1885-1979, daughter of Robert Hunt) at her parents' Dauphin residence. They had three children: Robert John Pearson Hanna (1913-1981), Ellanor Cecilia Philis Hanna (1915-2007, wife of Mr. Colquhoun), and Alfred Everett Thomas Hanna (1926-?). The family moved to Rainy River, Ontario where he ministered to men in lumber camps for two years and was the pastor of the Methodist Church at Rainy River.
Around 1915, they relocated to Winnipeg and took up residence at 1588 Keller Street (now Wolseley Avenue). He became active within the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), succeeding William Wallace Buchanan as the Financial Secretary (1915-?) of the organizations’ Social Service Council and was in charge of the YMCA-administered prison farm at the Agricultural College. He was appointed Superintendent of the Knowles Home for Boys on 8 January 1917 until resigning the positions on 29 September 1922. Within a year, they moved to British Columbia where he took up work as the Superintendent (?-1927) of the Children’s Aid Society Home at Vancouver. He retired in 1950.
He died at the Vancouver General Hospital on 6 January 1961 and was buried locally.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
“Rev. J. H. Morgan is President,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1906, page 9.
“Locating the Ministers [Swan River District],” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1906, page 9.
“Suggest compulsory education as remedy [Probationers],” Manitoba Free Press, 11 June 1909, page 7.
“Manitoba probationers [More probationers passed],” Manitoba Free Press, 17 June 1910, page 7.
“Hanna - Hunt,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 June 1910, page 8.
“Premier advocate of local option,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 February 1915, page 24.
“Putting finances in better shape,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 August 1915, page 4.
“Sunday services in Winnipeg churches [Methodist, St. John’s],” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 December 1915, page 15.
“The marriage of Miss Eva May Kilpatrick [...],” Manitoba Free Press, 11 August 1916, page 3.
“Ex-convict pays tribute to Y.M.C.A.” Manitoba Free Press, 14 December 1916, page 6.
“New Superintendent Knowles Boys’ Home,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 January 1917, page 29.
“Ask dismissal of Winnipeg man, Head of shelter,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 11 February 1927, page 2.
“Vancouver Children’s Aid Society Home investigated,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 February 1927, page 8.
“Declares charges against Hanna false or half-truths,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 February 1927, page 3.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
We thank Michele Matthysen and Alastair Colquhoun for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 16 June 2018