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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Roberts “Tommy” Ferguson (1864-1923)

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Thomas Roberts Ferguson
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Born at Cookstown, Ontario on 30 September 1864, son of Isaac Ferguson (?-1889) and Emily Jemima Cowan (?-1911), he was educated at Upper Canada College (Toronto). He was called to Ontario Bar and commenced the practice of law at Barrie, Ontario, in 1888. He came to Winnipeg in 1902. By 1911, he practiced with John Champion Collinson in the firm of Ferguson & Collinson, with offices in the Bank of Hamilton Chambers. He was made a King’s Counsel.

On 5 November 1890, he married Etta May Hanmer (?-?) of Toronto and they had three children: Arthur Beresford Ferguson (1892-1951), Julian Harcourt Ferguson (1895-1965), and Edith May Ferguson (1903-?). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Canadian Club of Winnipeg, St. Charles Country Club, Commercial Travellers Association, Conservative Party, and Anglican church. He lived at 4 Ruskin Row in Winnipeg from 1906 to 1916, moving to Toronto, Ontario in the latter year.

He died at Toronto, Ontario on 19 June 1923 and was buried at Cookstown, Ontario.


Ontario birth and marriage registrations, Ancestry.

1906 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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.

“T. R. Ferguson dies in east,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 June 1923, page 2.

Crescentwood: A History by R. R. Rostecki, Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.

Thomas Roberts Ferguson, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 December 2020

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