Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Beck “Harry” Hill (1857-1940)
Merchant, municipal official.
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 11 August 1857, he was educated at Seaforth, Ontario. In 1881, in ill health, he went to New Orleans, Louisiana in search of a better climate. He worked there for 14 years until he came to Manitoba where, in partnership with his brother Alfred Edward Hill, he established a general store at Griswold. In 1896, he came the manager of a branch of the store at Hartney and he operated it until his death.
On 26 September 1898, he married Irene Stone Hooper (1870-?) of New Orleans, at Griswold and they had three daughters: Flora Virginia Hooper Hill (1899-?), Lydia Beck Hill (1901-?, wife of Pelleran Lagloire), and Irene Catlett Hill. He served several terms as Mayor of Hartney (1907-1909, 1918-1927) and was a Liberal candidate for the Avondale constituency in the 1907 provincial general election. He was a member of the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and Hartney Masonic Lodge.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Former Mayor dies at Hartney,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 April 1940, page 5.
The Mere Living: A Biography of the Hartney District by Hazel McDonald Parkinson, 1957. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.H37 Par]
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 September 2022