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Memorable Manitobans: William Thomas Armstrong (1855-1950)


Born at Peel, Ontario on 12 July 1855, son of William Armstrong and Eliza Peel, he learned the trade of horseshoeing, at which he worked for three years in Toronto and two years in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. They moved to Manitoba in 1877 and resided a few years in the Rural Municipality of Rosser before moving to Winnipeg and established a blacksmith and carriage repair shop in partnership with J. F. Dugrel, which continued for four years. From 1885 to 1902 he continued in the horseshoeing business. In 1902, he partnered with John Shea in the importation of horses from Ontario. He had also an interest in a stock ranch near Rosser.

On 8 March 1893, he was married to Sarah Jane Lougheed (1863-1943) by Rev. J. J. Roy at Winnipeg. They had two daughters: Amber Lavina Armstrong (1894-1970, wife of Frederick Gordon “Fred” Pawling) and Dorothy Lina Armstrong (1896-1946). He was a member (Chief Veteran / President, 1930-1931) of the IOOF (Grand Lodge Veterans’ Association) and the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

He died at his Winnipeg residence, 804 Preston Avenue, on 11 August 1950 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.


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

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Not equal to March, 1892,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 March 1893, page 5.

“Veterans of I.O.O.F. elect new officers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 March 1930, page 4.

Obituary [Mrs. W. T. Armstrong], Winnipeg Tribune, 25 November 1943, page 14.

“Miss D. L. Armstrong, city music teacher, dies after long illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 1946, page 14.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1950, page 31.

Obituary [Frederick G. Pawling], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 March 1962, page 33.

Obituary [Mrs. Amber Lavina Pawling], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 1970, page 27.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 April 2018

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