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Memorable Manitobans: Hector M. McGinnis (1884-1946)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at Albert Lea, Minnesota on 13 October 1884, son of Prof. and Mrs. Angus McGinnis, he was educated at Bellingham, Washington and became station agent for the Great Northern Railway at Blaine, Washington. He was later transferred to Vancouver, British Columbia as traffic agent, moving to Manitoba as an agent for the Chicago Northwestern Railway. In 1919, he came to Gimli as Manager of the Gimli Fish Company, serving in this position until its 1931 merger with the Armstrong Gimli Fisheries. He then lived at Winnipeg for two years. He was a shareholder and Manager for the Riverton Manufacturing Company, and returned to Gimli in 1938 as Manager of the local branch of the Independent Fish Company. Elected to the Gimli municipal council in 1925, he served as Mayor of Gimli twice (1927-1931, 1938-1946). He died suddenly at Gimli on 13 December 1946 and was buried in the Gimli Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Olson House (129 Third Avenue, Gimli)


Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 16 December 1946, page 16.

“Gimli Mayor to be buried Tuesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 December 1946, page 20.

Olson House, Gimli Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 December 2015

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