Armstrong, Robert (1868-1946)

Robert Armstrong was a contractor who lived at 1012 Denman Street in 1909.

He was the general superintendent of Armstrong, Morrison and Company, which built public works such as the 1904 Fraser River Bridge at New Westminster and the 1909 Granville Street bridge.

Other members of the firm were Robert’s brother, William Henry Armstrong (1857-1922), along with Alexander Morrison (1852-1928), and William Carey Ditmars (1865-1960).

 

Family Background

Robert Armstrong was born on August 20, 1877, in Granton, Middlesex County, Ontario. His parents were James Armstrong and Martha Cargill (1829-1914).

 

Marriage to Ida Magar

On November 18, 1908, in Vancouver, Robert married Ida Bertha Magar. She was born in L’Avenir, Quebec, August 15, 1864. Her parents were George Magar and Ellen Thompson (although one source says that her mother was Susan Barlow).

 

Vancouver Daily World, November 19, 1908, page 2, column 3.

 

Later Life

Robert and Ida later went to live in the Chilliwack area of British Columbia.

Robert died in Sardis, British Columbia, on November 16, 1946. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

“Two Pioneer B.C. Bridge Builders Dead,” Vancouver Sun, November 19, 1946, page 8, column 5.

 

Ida died in Sardis on August 26, 1948. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Chilliwack Progress (Chilliwack, British Columbia), September 1, 1948, page 7, columns 5-6.

 

It appears that Robert and Ida did not have any children.

 

Sources

Martha Cargill (mother of Robert Armstrong)

Martha Cargill (

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLK9-S96 : 8 November 2017), Martha Armstrong, 1914.

Martha Cargill, death notice, Vancouver Province, June 23, 1914, page 16; Vancouver Province, June 24, 1914, page 16, Vancouver World, June 24, 1914, page 16.

 

Robert Armstrong

Robert Armstrong (

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZX-Z2T : 11 March 2018), Robert Armstrong and Ida Bertha Magar, 18 Nov 1908; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11374, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,702.

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 3 Vancouver City, page 16, family 162, lines 24-25; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63750&highlight=24&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+R+Armstrong

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKR-H7W : 8 November 2017), Robert Armstrong, 1946; British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1946-09-012718, Robert Armstrong.

“Noted B.C. Contractor Dies,” Vancouver Province, November 19, 1946, page 5: “Last rites for Robert Armstrong, 77, retired bridge contractor, who died at Sardis on Saturday, will be held in Mount Pleasant Chapel at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Ray Stewart officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. He was a partner in the old firm of Armstrong and Morrison, which built the Granville Bridge and also the first bridge across the Fraser River at New Westminster. Born in Ontario, he had lived 50 years in B.C. He is survived by his wife and a sister, Mrs. Martha Murphy of Winnipeg.”

“Two Pioneer B.C. Bridge Builders Dead,” Vancouver Sun, November 19, 1946, page 8: “Death has claimed two of British Columbia’s pioneer bridge builders. . . . The second pioneer bridge builder to be claimed by death was Robert Armstrong, formerly of the firm of Armstrong & Morrison. Mr. Armstrong had spent hald a century in this province. His name is associated with the building of many big bridges throughout B.C. He leaves his wife and a sister, Mrs. Martha Murphy of Winnipeg. The funeral is being held at 2:15 p.m. Thursday from Mount Pleasant Undertaking Co.s chapel to Mountain View Cemetery.”

Robert Armstrong, death notice, Vancouver Sun, November 18, 1946, page 13; Vancouver Province, November 19, 1946, page 13.

 

Ida Bertha Magar (wife of Robert Armstrong)

Ida Bertha Magar (

Nicomen Island Community, http://www.heritage-places.com/profiles/NicIslComm.html: “George Magar and Charles Gardiner: built the first Nicomen Island School in 1890 for a total cost of $800.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLX-M43 : 8 November 2017), George Magar, 1903; British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1903-09-081200, George Magar.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKH-32W : 8 November 2017), Susan Magar, 1915; British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1915-09-091509, Susan Magar.

1901 Census of Canada, BC, New Westminster (#2), Dewdney, C-7, page 2, family 26, lines, 33-39, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=60403&highlight=36&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Ida+B.+Magar.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZX-Z2P : 11 March 2018), Robert Armstrong and Ida Bertha Magar, 18 Nov 1908; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11374, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,702.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRJ-R52 : 8 November 2017), Ida Bertha Armstrong, 1948; British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1948-09-008178, Ida Bertha Armstrong.

Ida Bertha Armstrong, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 28, 1948, page 31; Vancouver Province, August 28, 1948, page 29: “Armstrong – August 26, 1948. Ida Bertha, widow of Robert Armstrong, 530 Prest Rd., Sardis, B.C., in her 85th year. Survived by loving nieces and nephews. Funeral service from Mt. Pleasant Undertaking Co., Chapel, Kingsway at 11th Ave., Monday, Aug. 30, at 11:30 a.m. to Mountain View Cemetery, Rev. Gordon Rowe officiating.”

 

William Henry Armstrong (brother of Robert Armstrong)

William Henry Armstrong, Who’s Who and Why (Northern Who’s Who), 1916, page 27, https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/27/mode/1up.

“Wm. H. Armstrong Dies in Hospital: Prominent Contractor of City Passes Away Sunday Following Operation,” Vancouver Sun, April 3, 1922, page 1, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=zCllAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nIgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3928%2C3605555.

 

Alexander Morrison

Alexander Morrison, Who’s Who and Why (Northern Who’s Who), 1916, page 599, https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/599/mode/1up.

Alexander Morrison, death notice, Vancouver Sun, July 3, 1928, page 14, column 1, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=EyxlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=s4gNAAAAIBAJ&pg=927%2C75625.

 

William Carey Ditmars

William Carey Ditmars (1865-1960); https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-d/ditmars-william-carey-1865-1960-2/.

William Carey Ditmars, Who’s Who and Why (Northern Who’s Who), 1916, page 199, https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/199/mode/1up.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT9-WKM : 8 November 2017), William Carey Ditmars, 1960.

William Carey Ditmars, http://interestingmountainview.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/william-carey-ditmars/.

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