Memorable Manitobans: Harold Arthur Bathgate [Batke] (1904-1983)
Born at Winnipeg on 7 May 1904, son of German immigrants, brother of Edward Arthur Bathgate, the family Anglicized their surname soon after his birth. He attended school at Winnipeg and Garson then obtained arts and education degrees from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Overstone School (1931-1941) and Glenmoor School (1948-1949), and was the Principal of Minitonas School (1950-1953), Grandin School (1953-1956), and West St. Paul School (1956-1963). He was a member of the Inter-urban Teachers’ Council, serving as its President for one year.
On 8 August 1925, he married Mary Stuart Watson (1907-1984) at Winnipeg. They had two sons and three daughters. During the Second World War, he served with Canadian forces overseas. Active in politics, in the 1963 federal general election, he was a candidate representing the Social Credit party but was defeated by Gordon Churchill. He was a deacon at Young Street Adventist Church. He died on 8 November 1983.
Birth registration [Harold Arthur Batke], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1906 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
Marriage registration [Arthur Harold Bathgate, Mary Stewart Watson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“57 candidates seek 15 seats in Manitoba, N.W. Ontario,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1963, page 10.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 1983, page 70.
Obituary [Mary Stuart Bathgate], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1984, page 71.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 May 2023