Allan Russell Argue 1932
Noted events in his life were:
• Family History, 1955. 70 Manitoba, Canada
The Argue Family (1955).
b.r.: Dick Smith, Marion Smith (Argue), Alan, Margaret Nichol (Argue) , Arnold Nichol, Horace, Helma, Ralph, Marge.
f.r.: Barry Smith, Mrs. Argue with Judy Nichol, Sharon Nichol.
• Family History, 1985. 70 Cartwright, Manitoba, Canada
Thomas Russell Argue written by Margaret Nichol
My father. Russ Argue, was born in Stittsville, Ontario, in 1868, th e sixth son of Thomas and Dorothy (McGuire) Argue. In the spring of 18 89, two brothers, Nick and Russ, arrived in Clearwater with their sett ler’s effects. They had traded a team of horses for the south half o f 6-2-12 from two of their brothers who had homesteaded the land a yea r before. The two brothers farmed this land until Russ grew tired of f arm life. He then worked with Bob Rogers buying grain, first at Clearw ater and later at Mather.
In 1902, Russ entered into partnership with T. E. Elliot, and they ope ned a general store in Mather. The two-storey brick building, later op erated by Charlie Argue, was built in 1906.
My mother and father were married in January, 1906. Mother was Florenc e Fulford, second youngest daughter of George and Margaret (Lowery) Fu lford. She was born in 1884 near Bells Comer, Ontario. Grandfather, wi th a young family of nine, (Grandmother died in 1889) came west in 189 1. On the way, they stopped to take on water some place in Northern On tario. One of the younger boys, who was prone to walking in his sleep , walked off the train.
When his absence was discovered, Grandfather got off the train at th e next stop and persuaded some section men to take him back on a han d car. They discovered the young lad sleeping beside the track. Aunti e (Mrs. Sam Moore), who was 19, had been left in charge of the younge r members of the family. The conductor came around to take the ticket s and Auntie told him why she did not have any tickets. He was going t o put them off the train, but a lady from Winnipeg persuaded him to al low them to stay on until they got to Winnipeg. On reaching there, th e kindly lady wanted to take the family home with her until Grandfathe r arrived, but the conductor would not allow this. He kept them in th e station under his eagle eye until Grandfather finally arrived with t he tickets. Mother lived on the farm at Mather which is now owned by P ete Harris (SW 6-2-13) until her marriage. She taught school at Mylor , Graham, and Mount Prospect.
In 1909, Elliot and Argue took over the stone store in Cartwright fro m the Merchants Limited, with R. F. Moore as a silent partner. Dad ope rated this store until his death in 1927.
Dad was an active community man. He joined Independent Order of Oddfel lows in 1910 as a charter member, and was one of the Directors when Ca rtwright Creamery was officially opened. He was very interested in al l sports. He was an ardent curler. loved to watch hockey, and coache d baseball. Hap. (Elgin) Armstrong told me of a game w here Dad offere d to buy a silk shirt for the first man to make a home run. Hap. won t he shirt.
Dad had quite a sense of humor. Evers year two or three brothers cam e from the east to visit. One day, Mrs. Schram was in the store and sh e asked Dad how many were in his family. “Well, Mrs. Schram, there ar e nine boys and we each have two sisters" he said. “My gosh” she answe red. “How many is that ?” She had a hearty laugh when she figured it o ut a few days later.
Mother moved back to Mather in 1930. Moore and Co. took over the stor e in Cartwright, Mr. Elliot the one at Treherne, and Mother the one a t Mather. At first she was in partnership with Charlie, but he eventua lly bought her out. Mother continued to live at Mather until 1972 whe n she moved to Lakeview Home in Killarney. She passed away at Killarne y Hospital in 1976 in her 93rd year.
There were seven children in our family.
Horace was born in 1908, at Mather, was educated in Cartwright, move d to Mather with the family in 1930. and went to Kirkland Lake. Ontari o, in 1937. In 1939 he married Hilma Korpi. They had no children. In 1 945 they moved to Yellowknife, N.W.T. where Horace founded an expediti ng business operating out of Yellowknife, and Hay River. Horace was ac tive in hockey and baseball in his younger days, and was very active i n curling until his health no longer permitted him to participate. H e died in 1966.
Raymond born in 1911. died in infancy.
Marion born in 1912 at Cartwright, finished her education at Mather, w ent into nurse’s training at Morden, and nursed at Morden and Delorain e after receiving her R.N. At Deloraine she met and, in 1940, marrie d Dick (Leonard) Smith. Dick went overseas in the fall of 1941 and the ir only child. Barry was born.
Marion moved home to Mather during the war years. When Dick returned , they lived for a few years in Deloraine. then Dick managed hotels i n Souris, Portage, Virden, and opened the Erin Inn in Killarney in 196 5. Dick passed away in 1969. and Marion in 1978. Barry married Linda P erkins of Portage in 1962. They have two sons. Bill and Bob. and the y still live in Portage.
Francis was born in 1913 and took most of her schooling in Cartwright . She moved to Mather with her family in 1930, and died in 1932.
Alan was born in 1917 at Cartwright, finished his education in Mather , went to Kirkland Lake in 1938, and joined the army at St. John. N.B . in 1940. After the war, he went to Yellowknife to work for Horace, c ame back to Manitoba and worked for Manitoba Pool Elevators at Souris , Roundthwaite. and Fallison. In 1955 he returned to the north and wor ked on the Dew Line. In 1959 he went to work for the City of Edmonto n where he remained until his retirement in 1982. In the fall of 1982 , he went to live in Badger Creek Lodge in Cartwright.
Ralph born in 1921 at Cartwright, received most of his education at Ma ther, went to Kirkland Lake in 1939, and returned to join the Air Forc e in 1940. later transferring to the army. He went overseas in 1943 an d was wounded in Normandy in 1944, when his tank exploded. After the w ar. he worked for Roy Groff as an electrician, and farmed for three ye ars. In 1950 he went to Hay River. N.W.T. to work for Horace, and even tually bought the business when Horace was forced to sell due to ill h ealth. In 1951, he married Margaret Phelan. They have two children: We ndy who works in a bank in Edmonton. Gary, who works for the Coast gua rd at Hay River. Ralph sold the business in 1978, still lives at Hay R iver, and he and Marge do a lot of travelling in their retirement.
Margaret (myself) was born in 1927 at Cartwright, a month after my Dad ’s death. 1 received my education at Mather and Grade 12 at Crystal Ci ty. I took a six weeks training course in 1946 and taught on permit fo r a year, then took my teacher training and taught at East Mountain an d Rose Valley Schools. In 1950. I married Arnold Nichol of the Rose Va lley district. We have three girls: Sharon, who has never married, wor ks as a medical records technician at Quesnel. B.C. Judy, who worked i n various banks, is married to Kim Kemp; they have two boys, Scott an d Riley. They live on a farm east of Cartwright. Debbie, who worked i n the Royal Bank in Killarney, is married to Gary Johnson of Killarney . They farm and have two boys, Michael and Trevor.
I went back teaching in 1965 at South Derby, and in January, 1968 wen t to Killarney where I have been ever since. I am retiring in June, 19 84. Arnold is still farming so I will become a full-time farmer’s wif e again.