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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Ferguson (1863-1945)

Court reporter, journalist.

Born at London, England on 2 July 1863, son of Henry and Lydia M. Ferguson, he was educated at Trinity School (New York), and the Philological School (London). He was ship’s clerk on the P. and O. steamship line between London and Calcutta. He came to Manitoba in 1884 and worked at the The Nor’Wester, Winnipeg Telegram and Winnipeg Tribune. He also worked as a stenographer and shorthand writer for the law firm of Killarm, Richards, Brophy, Vivian, and Darby. He was appointed Reporter for the Court of King’s Bench from 1905 to 1944, when he retired.

In 1886, he married Celia Beal, daughter of Robert Beal, of Ospringe, Kent, England. They had two sons and two daughters. He was a member of the Adanac Club. His recreations included canoeing and shooting. Conservative. Anglican. In 1911, he lived 99 Rue La Verendrye, St. Boniface.

He died at Winnipeg on 18 January 1945 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.


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.

“Harry Ferguson, pioneer newspaper man, dies” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 January 1945. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2011

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