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Memorable Manitobans: Evelyn Jane Tanner Burns (1890-1961)

Municipal official.

Born in County Donegal, Ireland in May 1890, she emigrated to Canada in 1906 with her husband James Burns, and took up farming in the area south of Carberry, Manitoba. A daughter Florence Elizabeth Burns was born there in 1907. By 1911, she was divorced from her husband and moved to the community of Rosser, where she became employed as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer in the office of the Rural Municipality of Rosser. In 1926, when Secretary-Treasurer Walter Beachell passed away, she took over his job, becoming one of the first female municipal officers in the province. She died at her desk on 15 February 1961, having worked for the municipality for a total of 48 years. A member of the Rosser Anglican Church, she was known as a “kindly neighbour and friend, always ready to give a helping hand when needed, whether day or night.”

Sources:

Obituary for E. J. Burns, Winnipeg Tribune, 16 February 1961.

Rosser Ripples: A History of the Rosser Municipality, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 September 2008

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