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Memorable Manitobans: Laura Edna Asselstine (1897-1986)


Born in Lennox County, Ontario on 14 August 1897, daughter of William Asselstine and Amelia Jane Dennison, her family came to Manitoba in 1900 and farmed near Oakville. She taught at Transcona School (1919-1924), Salisbury School (1934), and Prince Edward School (1949-1950), and at in schools in East Kildonan. In 1970, she was given a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society for “her many years as a Winnipeg school teacher and her research and ingenuity in the field of pedagogy.” After taking an early retirement, she spent time in remedial reading work. She died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 20 October 1986 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Obituary [Ross Lee Asselstine], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 June 1966, page 37.

Obituary [Wilbert Murney Asselstine], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 1969, page 29.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1986, page 40.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 August 2020

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