Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Endangered
Top 10
2019

Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

Summer Field Trip 2019
MHS
Summer
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
MHS
Fall
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Horace McDougall (1846-1915)

Telegraph operator.

Born at York, Ontario in 1846, he was educated at St. Mary’s, Ontario and Albany (New York) College, where he first found work with a mercantile agency. He was later employed with the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railway Company, and still later with the Northern Pacific Railway at St. Paul, Minnesota. He came to Winnipeg in 1871 and opened the first telegraph office, as Manager of the Great Northwestern Telegraph Company. He sent the first telegraph message, from Lieutenant-Governor A. G. Archibald to Lord Dufferin. He also served as a ticket agent for several railroad and steamship lines.

He served two, one-year terms on the Winnipeg city council (1878, 1891). In 1889, he left the telegraph company to accept a position with the Dun Wiman Mercantile agency. He moved to London, Ontario in early 1891 then returned to Winnipeg in 1896 as Manager of the Winnipeg agency for the Mutual Reserve Fund Life Association. He left in the late 1890s and settled at Toronto. He died at Petrolia, Ontario in August 1915.

Sources:

A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

“An old-timer returns”, Manitoba Free Press, 22 July 1896, page 1.

“Horace McDougall, pioneer telegrapher”, Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1915, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 July 2010

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.