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Memorable Manitobans: George Henry Blackwell (1864-1941)


Born at Anoka, Minnesota on 14 May 1864, his family moved to Wingham, Ontario when he was young. In 1892, he came to western Canada and taught school at Whitewood, North West Territories [now Saskatchewan], and later at Glendale School, Gordon School, and Osprey School. After marrying, he farmed for a brief time but soon resumed teaching as Principal of Russell School (1899-1908), later moving to Franklin School (1908-1911), Brooklands School District (1911-1918), Stony Mountain School (1919-1924), Darlingford School (1924-1927), Elkhorn School (1927-1928), Deleau School (1928-1931), and Transcona School (1930s). He retired in 1938 and moved to Neepawa.

On 2 August 1899, he married Mary Maud Sirett (1875-1942, daughter of William F. Sirett) in the RM of Langford. They had five children: George Alwin Blackwell (1900-1977), Emily Maud Blackwell (1902-?, wife of Harold A. Nelson), Margaret Ruth Blackwell (1905-?, wife of Earl Stinson), William Franklin Blackwell (1909-?), and Harry W. Blackwell (?-?). He served on the executive of the Manitoba Teachers’ Federation and was a charter member of the Emerson Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the IOOF, Methodist Church, and later the United Church.

He died at Neepawa on 18 April 1941 and was buried in Neepawa Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1941, page 4.

“George H. Blackwell, veteran principal, buried at Neepawa,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1941, page 5.

“Mrs. G. H. Blackwell, 66, dies Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 1942, page 2.

A Short History of Brooklands Elementary Schools including Woodsworth, Cressey, Krawchyk, Butterworth, St. James Assiniboia School Division.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 September 2018

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