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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Henry George Gunson Hay (1840-1918)

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E. H. G. G. Hay
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Miller, MLA (1871-1874), MLA (1879-1883).

Born at Hull, Yorkshire on 11 March 1840, son of William Hay and Susanna Gunson, he left home at the age of 13, followed the machinist’s trade for a few years, and in 1858 went to New York. In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, he was at Memphis, Tennessee. Not wanting to be embroiled in war, he went north and arrived at Georgetown (Moorhead, Minnesota) where he helped in construction of the steamer International on the Red River.

In 1863 he moved to Fort Garry and built his own mill in St. Andrew’s, where he continued operations until 1881. He was a member of the Manitoba Legislature for St. Andrew’s South (Liberal) in the first assembly of 1870. He was defeated in 1874 by John Norquay, but was re-elected in 1879 as member for St. Clement’s. He moved to Portage la Prairie, erecting a foundry, which he operated until 1893. In 1889 he was made Police Magistrate and in 1900 he was appointed Clerk of Works at St. Andrew’s Lock by the Dominion Government. He was one of the founders of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, in 1873.

He married Frances Gibson and they had five children: Edward Hay, Elizabeth Hay, William Hay, Helen Harriett Hay, and Frances Ann Hay. He was a member of the Masons and the Episcopal Church.

Hay retired in 1911 and died at Lockport on 25 November 1918. He is commemorated by Hay Street in Winnipeg. His papers and correspondence are in the Archives of Manitoba.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Firth House (546 River Road, RM of St. Andrews)

Sources:

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 February 2014

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