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Memorable Manitobans: William Hull (1842-1908)

Inventor.

Born in Ontario on 19 November 1842, he came to Manitoba in 1881 and settled at Souris. Through the years, he patented several inventions including a self-setting mousetrap (1881), cultivator and seeder (1893), heating apparatus (1900), and a helicopter / flying machine (1907). While visiting Chicago, Illinois to market a recently patented cultivator, he developed pneumonia and died. His body was returned to Souris for burial in the Glenwood Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and six children: Rev. Hiram Hull of McDougall Memorial Methodist Church, Edgerton Hull of Stoughton (Saskatchewan), Miss Ada Hull of Winnipeg, Garnet Hull of Virden, Robert Hull of Melita, and Selma Hull (wife of Arthur L. Lewis) of Calgary (Alberta).

Sources:

Marriage registration [Selma Hull], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 21 January 1908, page 13.

“Souris loses citizens,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 January 1908, page 10.

This page was prepared by Vern May and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2019

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