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Memorable Manitobans: James Irving Bateman (1911-2000)


Born at Baldur on 31 May 1911, son of Franklin Arthur Bateman (1878-1960) and Emma Mary Murray (1873-1960), brother of Bernice Scott Bateman, his family lived at Baldur, Fort William [Ontario], Duluth [Minnesota], and Portage la Prairie before moving to Brandon. In 1931, he graduated from the Brandon Normal School then taught for a time at Round Lake School and Erickson School. He returned to Brandon in 1936.

His teaching career with the Brandon School Division involved periods at the Central School (1935-1936), David Livingstone School (1936-1939), and Earl Haig School (1939-1941). He was Principal of Fleming School (1941-1942, 1958-1966), McLaren School (1942-1946), Park School (1946-1954), and David Livingstone School (1966-1968). From 1968 to 1974, he taught school at Thompson as Principal of Deerwood School, retiring in 1974. While in Brandon, he received a BA degree from Brandon College (1953) and a BEd degree from the University of Manitoba (1966). He served on the provincial executive of the Manitoba Teachers Society.

On 1 August 1938, he married Ellen Victoria Krantz (c1914-2004), with whom he had three children, Katherine, Murray, and Bruce. In retirement, he prepared a pictorial presentation of the “history of the pioneers in Manitoba” that he presented to elementary and high school classes, and community organizations. Concerned about “the absence of moral values in so many of today’s youth”, he published a list of 600 “maxims” that he lobbied to have placed in elementary schools throughout the province. He was an active member of the Brandon United Church, Brandon Masons, and Brandon Lions Club.

He died at Brandon on 5 July 2000 and was buried in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens.


Birth registration [James Young Bateman], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Brandon Elementary Schools, 1867-1979, Canada-Confederation, Brandon School Division, 1967.

“Ellen & Irving Bateman,” Brandon Sun, 1 August 1998, page 103.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 6 July 2000, page 15.

Obituary [E. V. Bateman], Brandon Sun, 6 August 2004, page 33.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2021

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