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Memorable Manitobans: John Hayes Fargey (1853-1930)

General merchant, farmer.

Born at Belleville, Ontario on 4 July 1853, in 1878 he came to Manitoba with his four brothers James, William, Peter, and Thomas, and homesteaded the west half of 35-3-9W near La Riviere. He also kept a store in town. He became one of the largest farmers in the district, having 1120 acres. In 1883, he married Emma Swales (1860-1929) and they had nine children: Harold Taylor Fargey (?-1951, husband of Mary Helena Perfect), Thomas Fargey (1886-1947, husband of Hilda Gimbey), William Mather “Will” Fargey (1890-1960, husband of Ida Edna Kerr), Marion Fargey (1891-?, wife of William H. B. Alexander), Florence Fargey (1893-?, wife of Victor Anstey), Charley Fargey (1896-1896), John Swales “Jack” Fargey (1897-1926), Emma Hayes Fargey (1897-1901), and Mabel Fargey (1904-?, wife of Swev Norgren). He was a member of the Presbyterian church. He died in the RM of Pembina on 7 April 1930.

Uncle of James Lionel Fargey.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fargey’s General Store (La Riviere, Municipality of Pembina)


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Death registrations [Thomas Fargey, William Mather Fargey], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Turning Leaves: A History of La Riviere and District by La Riviere History Book Society, 1979, pages 147-151.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 December 2019

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