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Memorable Manitobans: Philip Henry Orr (1882-1964)


Born at Agusta, Kentucky in December 1882, son of Philip Buckner Orr and Elisabeth Lyon, he was educated at Dayton, Ohio (High School). After leaving school he took a position as assistant cashier at a clothing store in Dayton, Ohio. He was later made cashier, a position he held until engaged by The National Cash Register Company. He worked two years at the Dayton branch then came to Winnipeg in 1903 as Office Manager. He held this position until 1912 when he resigned to open The Hoosier Store.

On 1 June 1903, he married Clara Lee Tulley (?-1962) and they had one son, Philip Monroe Orr. He was a member of the Carleton Club, Elmhurst Golf and Country Club, Southwood Golf Club, Masons (32nd degree), and Broadway First Baptist Church. His recreations included fishing and hunting. He lived at 219 Chestnut Street, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 25 February 1964 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Obituary [Clara Lou Orr], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1962, page 23.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 27 February 1964, page 84.

We thank Garry Bolton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 September 2021

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