Memorable Manitobans: Frank Ernest Halls (1872-1950)
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.
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: 7 December 2017
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