Memorable Manitobans: William Pirritte Argue (1868-1965)
Born at Newmarket, Ontario in August 1868, the eldest of seven children of Reverend Thomas and Hannah Argue, brother of T. E. Argue, he came to Manitoba and was educated at the University of Manitoba. He commenced teaching school in 1884, first in rural schools, and then at Neepawa, Brandon, Winnipeg, and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. From 1895 to 1901, he served as Principal of Portage Collegiate Institute. He then served two years as chief clerk of the Department of Education for the Province of Manitoba, from 1901 to 1903, being replaced in the position by Robert Fletcher.
In 1903, Argue moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he worked as Superintendent of Vancouver City Schools. He later served as Secretary to the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia, and was a member of the University Senate and the Board of Governors for Union College. He retired from the latter position in 1958.
On 3 August 1898, he married Orpah May Bell at Portage la Prairie. They had three children: Grace Bell Argue (1899-1899), Ralph Starratt Argue (1900-1957), and William Argue (b 1904).
He died at Vancouver on 30 May 1965.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Ante Nos Scientia: Portage Collegiate Institute 1882-2005 by Lisa Pao with Barry Bills, Portage Collegiate Institute Reunion Committee, 2005.
We thank Grace Jacobs for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 May 2013
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