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Memorable Manitobans: William Albert Prugh (1891-1971)

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William Albert Prugh
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Born at Ute, Iowa on 11 September 1891, son of Reverend William H. Prugh and Emily C. Armington, he graduated from Crookston High School at Crookston, Minnesota. He worked at the First National Bank in Crookston from 1909 to 1910 and was Assistant Cashier at the First National Bank in Campbell from 1911 to 1912. He came to Winnipeg as Private Secretary to Joseph W. Gray of the Gray Tractor Company, serving from 1913 to 1918, and also Secretary-Treasurer of the Oakes-Gray Realty Company. He was then Secretary-Treasurer and Manager of the Gray Tractor Company of Canada from 1918.

On 28 January 1922, he married Mary Hannah Hanley at Brandon. They had one son. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Norwood Golf Club, Masons (St. John’s, Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Manitoba, 1958), and Methodist Church. In 1925, he lived at 118 Martin Avenue, Winnipeg.

He died at Brandon on 19 March 1971 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 March 1971, page 37.

We thank Stan Barclay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 September 2016

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