Memorable Manitobans: Clarence Frank Munton (1909-1983)
Born at Winnipeg on 5 October 1909, son of Frank Munton (1876-1939) and Mary Jane McMartin (1882-?), he was known to all by his middle name. He grew up at the family’s 460 Young Street residence and attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. He worked for the Winnipeg Electric Company (later Winnipeg Hydro) as a substation operator, stationed at their northern Transcona facility. On 21 November 1931, he married Hilda Mary Phelps (1910-2005) at Winnipeg. In 1932, they took up residence at 135 Ravelston Avenue in Transcona and had two children: John David Phelps Munton and Joan Elizabeth Munton (wife of John Milton Wright). An amateur photographer by the late 1920s, he established a darkroom in his residence and refined his photographic skills during his time in Manitoba. He was a contributing photographer for several publications. He retired in 1966 and spent two years traveling abroad before settling at Sidney, British Columbia in 1968. He died at the Saanichton Peninsula Hospital on 15 July 1983. In 1994, his widow and daughter donated his photograph collection to the Archives of Manitoba.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Engagements [Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Phelps], Winnipeg Tribune, 13 October 1931, page 8.
Death notice [Frank Munton], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 1939, page 21.
Engagements [Mr. and Mrs. C. Frank Munton], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1955, page 20.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 July 1983, page 44.
Obituary [Hilda Mary Munton], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 2005, page 10.
C. Frank Munton collection, Archives of Manitoba.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 7 June 2019
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