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Memorable Manitobans: William Hall Salts (1856-?)

Hotelier, postmaster.

Born at Westflamora, Ontario on 23 July 1856, son of William H. Salts and Mary Swallow, he worked in the Ontario lumber industry until February 1878 when he came to Emerson, Manitoba. The following year he took up a homestead west of Nelson and, in 1880, he carried freight between Emerson and Nelson. He moved progressively westward, to Manitou in 1884 (where he went into the hotel business), Boissevain in 1885, and later Deloraine when the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks reached there. He established Revere House which he operated until 1890 when he returned to Boissevain. There he ran a hotel, sold agricultural implements, and, in 1901, was appointed postmaster.

In 1880 he married Jane Coulter, of Quebec. They had five children: George Henry Salts (the first male child born at Nelson), Rosa Salts, William Salts (the first child born at Manitou), Nellie Salts and Fred Salts. He was a member of AF & AM (Doric Lodge No. 36), IOOF (Boissevain Lodge No. 17) and the Knights of Pythias.

Sources:

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2009

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