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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Henry Williams (c1879-1965)

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Ernest Henry Williams
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Telephone engineer.

Born at Aberystwith, Wales around 1879, he came to Canada in 1901. He worked for a short time with the Canadian Pacific Railway then joined the Northern Electric Company, working in eastern Canada and later in Winnipeg, where he assisted with installation of the original Fort Rouge telephone exchange. He joined the Manitoba Telephone System in 1909, initially as an Assistant Wire Chief, transferring to the Engineering Department in 1912. He became Shop Foreman in 1913 and Superintendent of Service in 1915. He rejoined the Engineering Department in 1921 and, became Chief Engineer in 1939, holding the position until retirement in July 1945. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 3 October 1965 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1965, page 28.

“E. H. Williams,” Manitoba Calling, Vol. 12, No. 3, March 1948, page 6.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2019

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