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Memorable Manitobans: Kenneth Donald Bruce (1892-1968)


Born at Winnipeg on 25 April 1892, son of contractor Donald Bruce (1838-1923) and Margaret Maria Tawse (1854-1927), brother of George E. Bruce, he was educated at the Winnipeg Normal School and the University of Manitoba (BA, MA). He was Principal of numerous schools in rural Manitoba, typically spending only a year or two at each one, including Cardale School (1916-1918), Dominion City School (1918-1919), Hartney School (1919-1920), Prince Albert (Saskatchewan) School (c1923), Franklin School (1924-1925), McConnell School (1926-1927), Lyleton School (1927-1929), Lundar School (1929-1930), Ebor School (1930-1933, 1937-1940), Tummel School (1933-1934), Edrans School (1934-1936), Neelin School (1941-1942), Altamont School (1942-1944), Bethany School (1945-1946), Sidney School (1948-1949), Hiltonmye School (1951-1952), Dand School (1953-1954), and Wellington School (c1950s). On 12 November 1934, he married Annie Grace Inglis (1911-?) at Roblin. They had a daughter, Margaret Bruce. As of 1965, he was reported at living in retirement with his wife and daughter at Elgin. He died at Souris on 1 March 1968 and was buried in the Elgin Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Varsity graduates receive degrees,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 May 1915, page 4.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Donald Bruce had an eventful career,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 November 1923, page 3.

“Bruce - Inglis,” Roblin Review, 15 November 1934, page 1.

“R. D. Bruce, 72, druggist dies; funeral Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 1949, page 9.

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

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 2 March 1968.

We thank Susan Bracken and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 August 2017

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