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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Gilbert Hunt (1876-1943)

Telephone superintendent.

Born in Carleton County, Ontario on 26 November 1876, son of George Needham and Margaret Argue Hunt, he was educated at the Arnprior Public and High Schools. He taught school in Ontario for three years. He worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia then the Bank of Montreal at St. John, New Brunswick, for six years. He then joined the Bell Telephone Company at Montreal and was sent by the company to Calgary in 1906. He became superintendent of construction of lines between Calgary and Winnipeg. When the Manitoba government took over the Bell company infrastructure in the province, Hunt remained in Manitoba and served as superintendent of telephones for many years until ill health forced him to retire.

On 24 November 1908, he married Amanda Morrison McLean. They had three daughters. He was a member of the AF & AM (Ancient Landmark Lodge); elected Muter, 1919; D.D.G.M., District No. 1, 1921-22; President, Past Masters’ Association, Winnipeg, 1923. He was a member of the Norwood and Southwood Golf Clubs. His recreation included hunting, fishing, and game shooting. Methodist. In 1925, he lived at 130 Chestnut Street, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 10 October 1943 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Edward G. Hunt, former phones official, dies”, Winnipeg Tribune, 11 October 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 139]

Page revised: 22 December 2009

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