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Memorable Manitobans: James Oswald Argue (1888-1955)

Farmer, MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1955).

Born at Elgin on 12 September 1888, son of James Henthorne Argue and Emma Laura Shorey (1861-1938), he was educated at Wesley College. On 21 December 1911, he married Christine Florence Yuill (1888-1941, daughter of J. B. Yuill, of Renfrew, Ontario) and they had three children: Nora Isabel Argue (1914-1988, wife of Wallis Setter of Minnedosa), Marion Argue (1916-2002, wife of Edward McGillivray of Winnipeg), and James Buchanan “Jim” Argue (1920-2010). He was elected as a Progressive Conservative to the Manitoba Legislature in the general election in October 1945 and was re-elected in 1949 and 1953. He died at his Elgin home on 6 March 1955 and was buried in the Elgin Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1947.

“J. O. Argue dies at 66,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 1955, page 4.

Obituary [Nora Isabel Setter], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [James Buchanan Argue], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 2010.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) and Bonnie Hayward for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 April 2022

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