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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Argue (1835-1902)


Born at Cavan, Ireland, on 21 January 1835, son of Robert Argue (1794-1892) and Elizabeth Gilliland (1815-1851), he came to Canada in 1848, entered the ministry in 1861, and arrived in Manitoba in 1881. He was heavily involved with uniting the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Church of Canada, was Reverend of the Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church (1881-1884) in Winnipeg, and was elected the first Secretary (1884), and later President (1888), of the Conference of the West. He served at Neepawa Methodist Church (1890-1893) until returning to Winnipeg on account of failing health. During these approximately three years in the city, he worked as an immigration chaplain and held hospital duties, before returning to a more active role, including as Reverend of Glenboro Methodist Church (1898), as well as Registrar of Titles for church property. He married Hannah L. Starratt [Starrat] (1840-1913) in 1865 and had seven children: Robert G. Argue (1866-1940), William Piritte Argue, Thomas Edgar Argue, Alma Thirza Argue (1871-1925), Andrew Starratt Argue (1872-1933), Minnie Rose Argue (1873-1873), Eva Beatrice Argue (1880-1932, wife of Harold Claude Hall), and Ernest Norman Argue (?-?). He died at his Cauchon Street residence on 17 September 1902 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“City and Provincial [The social at Bethel church ...],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 7 June 1881, page 1.

“Sunday’s work [M. E. Church],” Winnipeg Sun, 17 August 1881, page 3.

“The inagural meeting [...],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 9 January 1883, page 8.

“Bethel M. E. Church,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 9 June 1884, page 4.

“Farewell festivities,” Winnipeg Sun, 21 June 1884, page 8.

“Missions of the Methodist Church,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 September 1902, page 6.

“Local notes [The condition of Rev. Thomas Argue ...],” Manitoba Free Press, 13 September 1902, page 5.

“The death of Rev. T. Argue,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 September 1902, page 4.

“The obsequies of Rev. Mr. Argue,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 September 1902, page 11.

“Rev. Thos. Argue dead,” Stonewall Argus, 25 September 1902, page 4.

“Argue - Scarth,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 April 1908, page 10.

“Wife of late Rev. William Argue passed away [sic],” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 September 1913, page 11.

“Funeral of Alma Argue is attended by many friends,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 August 1925, page 2.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Elmwood Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

We thank Terry Wainwright for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 May 2020

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