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Memorable Manitobans: Perry Bell (1897-1956)

Educator.

Born at Perth, Ontario on 13 May 1897, son of John Nelson Bell and Harriet Cunningham, he came to Manitoba with his mother in 1897, joining his father who was at the time teaching at Markham School near Gilbert Plains. He taught school for 28 years, including at Tamarisk School (1922-1924), and was Principal of the McLaren School (1926-1929), Park School (1929-1931), Brandon Central School (1931-1941, 1944-1946) and teaching at the Brandon Collegiate. During the Second World War, he spent four years teaching radio in the Canadian military. He also sold insurance, having sold over a quarter million dollars for two consecutive years. He later moved to Winnipeg and died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 9 May 1956. He was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Grandview Exponent, 17 May 1956, page 1.

Burial transcription, Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

“Anne Bell leads full busy life,” Brandon Sun, 5 March 1966, page 8.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 June 2021

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