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Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Reuben Tingley (1871-1938)

Lawyer, magistrate, educator.

Born at Sackville, Nova Scotia on 17 May 1871, the son of Elisha Tingley (1845-1908) and Laura Wheaton (1845-1935), brother of B. A. Tingley, he graduated from Acadia University (Arts) and moved to Manitoba where he was Principal of Birtle School (1891-1892). On 6 September 1898, he married Isabel Josephine Maude Sharman (1871-?) at Winnipeg. The couple had a daughter, Dorothy Eleanor Tingley (1903-?). An avid curler, he was a known figure at the Manitoba Bonspiel at Winnipeg and Saskatchewan Bonspiel at Regina. He also served as President of the Russell Tennis Club (1905). He both curled and studied law with C. J. Mickle, articled with A. L. Bonnycastle, and began his own legal practice at Russell by 1903. He moved to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1912, continued his legal practice, was made King’s Counsel in 1916, and was an executive member of the Saskatchewan Bar Association (1928). He was later appointed a Police Court Magistrate at Regina, succeeding R. R. Turnbull KC on 8 January 1936 and served in that capacity until his death at a Regina hospital on 9 December 1938 following recovery from an operation four days earlier.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Birtle play,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 30 January 1895, page 5.

“Russell,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 3 April 1903, page 13.

“Latest sport happenings,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 April 1905, page 6.

“Russell, Man,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1907, page 15.

“Saskatchewan Bar Association elects,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1928, page 6.

“Sask. women are assured new coats,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1937, page 6.

“A. Tingley, Regina Magistrate, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 1938, page 6.

Obituary [Mrs. L.W. Tingley], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 July 1935, page 2.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 December 2014

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