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Memorable Manitobans: John D. Adrian (1891-1980)


Born in South Russia on 27 June 1891, to Mennonite parents, he immigrated to Canada and attended teacher training around 1929, after which he taught (1931-1946) and was Principal (1938-1946) of Calder School. He married Susanna Epp and had three children: John J. Adrian, Ella Adrian (with whom he co-taught at Calder School), and Victor Adrian. They subsequently moved to British Columbia by 1949 and he continued teaching in the Fraser Valley area. He died at Matsqui, British Columbia on 28 November 1980 and was buried there in the Hazelwood Mennonite Cemetery.


“"Result of examinations conducted recently in summer schools issued [senior public school methods],” Manitoba Free Press, 17 August 1929, page 8.

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This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 February 2018

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