Memorable Manitobans: Halfdar Rudolf Soot (1859-1918)
Born in Norway on 10 April 1859, son of O. E. Soot, he was educated in Norway and Germany before moving to the United States in 1884 and working in the grain trade at Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1902, he came to Winnipeg where he was Secretary for the North Star Grain Company. Between 1911 and 1918, he was proprietor of the H. R. Soot Grain Company that operated elevators in Saskatchewan and Alberta, most of which were later sold to Pioneer Grain. He was also the Norwegian Consul at Winnipeg.
On 18 December 1885, he married Clara Tyler (1861-?) of Mankato, Minnesota and they had three children: Roy Soot (1886-?), Gladys Soot (1894-?), and Eimes Soot (1897-?). The family lived at 28 Middle Gate (1909-1916) and 40 East Gate (1916-1918). He was a member of the AF & AM.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 40 East Gate, on 25 March 1918 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 736.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 25 March 1918, page 5.
“Funeral for H. R. Soot, Norwegian Consul, to be held on Saturday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 March 1918, page 5.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank John Everitt for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 November 2022