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Memorable Manitobans: Stambury Ryrie Tarr (1875-1918)

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Stambury Ryrie Tarr
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Born at Toronto, Ontario on 26 June 1875, son of Nicholas Stambury Tarr and Elizabeth “Bessie” Ryrie, older brother of Edgar Jordan Tarr, he was educated at the Ottawa College Institute, McMaster University, and the University of Chicago. He worked as Mathematical Master at the Woodstock College (Woodstock, Ontario) from 1896 to 1900, then was a member of the actuarial staff of the Canada Life Assurance Company at Toronto from 1900 to 1907. He was editor of the The Chronicle at Montreal, Quebec from 1907 to 1910, then he founded Canadian Finance, a financial newspaper published in Winnipeg, in 1910 of which he was Managing Editor. He was a frequent contributor to literary and technical Canadian and American periodicals. He was married twice, on 2 October 1901 to Harriet Avora Fitch (1876-1903) of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and on 12 April 1906 to Alice McKechnie of Woodstock, Ontario. In 1911, they lived in the Grosvenor Court. At the time of his death, they were living at 59 Scotia Street, Winnipeg. He died of abdominal cancer in Woodstock, Ontario on 15 November 1918 while on a business trip to the east.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tarr House (59 Scotia Street, Winnipeg)


Ontario birth and marriage registration, Ancestry.

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.

We thank David G. Ferguson and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 November 2029

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