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Memorable Manitobans: Rupert Otto Armstrong (1871-1924)


Born in King’s County, Nova Scotia on 27 September 1871, a relation to Nova Scotia Premier (1923-1925) Ernest Howard Armstrong, he graduated from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and married Annie Lucretia Sarah Burke (1872-1953). The couple had six children: Ernest M. Armstrong (1898-?), Emma Louise Armstrong (1900-?), Edward Arthur Nicholson Armstrong, Jean Dorothy Armstrong (1905-?), Charles Henry “Harry” Armstrong (1909-1925), and Ruth Burke Armstrong (1912-?). They moved west in 1904 and he attended Wesley College in Winnipeg. Trained as a Methodist minister, he was stationed at several locations across Manitoba, including Emerson (c1905), Louise Bridge Methodist / Gordon Methodist Church (1907), Gordon Methodist Church (1907-1911), Virden (1911-1915), Portage la Prairie (?-?), Kenora [Ontario] (1915-?), High Bluff (?-1924), and Hartney (1924). He gave only one sermon to his new Hartney congregation before his death. He was also was Secretary of the Manitoba Sunday School Association for five years. He died of heart disease on 28 July 1924 and, following a crowded funeral service at Young Methodist Church, he was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Invited to Kenora,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 February 1915, page 4.

“Rev. R. O. Armstrong, Methodist Pastor dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 July 1924, pages 1 and 10.

“New pastor at Hartney, Man., dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 July 1924, page 6.

“Eminent pastor is laid to rest,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 August 1934, page 6.

“Many attend funeral of Rev. R. O. Armstrong,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 August 1924, page 5.

“Well-known Winnipeg youth dies suddenly,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 January 1925, page 1.

“Popular sports editor weds at quiet morning ceremony at Oak River,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 August 1934, page 8.

“Cleric’s widow dies, age 81,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1953, page 8.

Elmwood Cemetery transcriptions, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 October 2017

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