Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Milton Bell (1903-1977)
Born in the RM of Dufferin near Carman on 12 April 1903, son of Alfred James Bell and Amelia Ann Brown (1868-1940), in 1928 he received an Arts degree from Wesley College then pursued graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, receiving an MA degree in English. During the Second World War, he served overseas in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
He became a teacher in 1921, serving at Havelock School (1921-1922), Spruce View School (1926), and Buffalo Lake School (1926), among others, before joining the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Division in 1936. He taught at Robert H. Smith School (1936-1939), Gordon Bell High School (1939-1941), and the Collegiate of United College (?-?). He served successively as the Principal of Fort Rouge School (1953-1954) and Lansdowne School (1954-1968). He retired in June 1968.
On 7 February 1942, he married Elizabeth Stanbury Ferguson (?-?) at Winnipeg and they had a daughter, Kathleen Bell. He was a member of the Masons (Prince Rupert Lodge), Royal Canadian Legion, and St. Andrews River Heights United Church.
He died at Winnipeg on 4 June 1977.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Herbert Milton Bell, Elizabeth Stanbury Ferguson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Three principals retiring,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1968, page 16.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1977, page 24.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 17 December 2022