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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Furby Manning (1856-1920)

Click to enlargeCoal merchant.

Born at Bowmanville, Ontario on 31 May 1856, son of Robert Manning, he came to Winnipeg in 1877 as a teller for the Ontario Bank. After four years, he started a private bank, Manning & Company which he operated for three years before becoming managing director of the Water Works. He later started the Western Coal Company with himself as president. The firm traded in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. He held contracts for drainage work.

In 1877 he married Mary Ellen Coyne of Mount Forest, Ontario. They had three children: Robert Allison Cayne Manning, Norma Manning, and Tannis Manning. He was a member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, the Manitoba Club, and the St. Charles Country Club.

He died at his summer home near Kenora, Ontario on 4 July 1920.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Brought From Kenora; Funeral Arrangements For R. F. Manning Not Yet Made” Newspaper clipping dated 6 July 1920. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

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