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Memorable Manitobans: John Hiram Armstrong (1900-1966)

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John Hiram Armstrong
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Born at Eden on 15 November 1900, he was educated at Arden School. He farmed until 1923 then began a 40-year teaching career and, over the course of time, obtain BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba.

He taught at McMunn School and Brooklands School then was Principal of Tache School. In 1935, he joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Division and taught at Norquay School (1935-1938) and Isaac Newton School (1938-1951). He was later the Principal of Shaughnessy Park School (1951-1953), Brock Corydon School (1953-1955), Margaret Scott School (1955-1957), and Faraday School (1957-1966). He retired in 1966.

On 30 June 1928, he married Myrna Agnes Elliott (1902-1986) at Winnipeg. They had three sons: R. Clive Armstrong, Donald V. Armstrong, and Paul J. Armstrong. He was President of the Men Principals Club, Secretary of the Toastmasters’ Club, and a member of the Home and School Association and Sturgeon Creek United Church.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 321 Rita Street, on 9 September 1966 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Five more depart,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 1966, page 27.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1966, page 29.

Obituary [Myrna Agnes Elliott], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1986, page 40.

We thank Paul Armstrong for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 December 2016

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