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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Henry Agur (1856-1913)

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Robert Henry Agur was born in the County of Oxford,Canada West, on 13 July 1856, the son of Robert Agur and Margaret A. Ballard. He received his education at the district county school, Ingersoll High School, Upper Canada College, and the Toronto Business College. In 1877 he was givencharge of his father’s retail lumber yard at Chatham, a position he held for five years. In 1882 he married Harriet, daughter of D. R.Van Allen of Chatham, Ontario. The same year he moved to Winnipeg, having formed a partnership with E. W. H. Van Allen for the handling of the Chatham Wagon Company’s products in the West. He later became a partner in the firm of Massey & Company, which in 1890 became Massey-Harris Co. Ltd., with Agur as an assistant manager. In 1898 he became manager of the North West department of the company.

Mr. Agur was a director of the Empire Loan Company, a partner with H. H. Beck in the Manitoba Assurance Company, a member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, the Church of England, and the AF & AM. He retired as western manager of the Massey-Harris Company in 1904 and moved to Summerland, BC, where he operated a fruit farm until his death in 1913. His wife and four sons survived him.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 23 April 2010

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