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Memorable Manitobans: John Hiram Armstrong (1900-1966)

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John Hiram Armstrong
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Educator.

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 Woodsworth School (1926-1928) then was Principal of Tache School (?-1935). 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.

Sources:

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 and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 December 2016

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