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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph William Butcher (1906-1997)

Educator, school inspector.

Born at Birtle on 13 February 1906, eldest son of William Joseph Butcher and Wilhelmina McIntosh, he began a long teaching career at the age of 18, at Cowan River School, later taking a degree in Education. He was the Assistant Principal of Elkhorn School (1935-1936), Principal of Lenore School (1939-1944), Waskada School (1944-1951), and Hamiota School (1951-1954), where he was known for his kindly disposition. In 1954, he became a Manitoba School Inspector and, five years later, he moved to Neepawa to work in the Beautiful Plains School Division, retiring in 1970. In June 1997, he donated a large sum of money to the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation to establish the “Anne K. and Inspector J. Butcher Scholarship” to enable local students to further their education. He died at Neepawa on 20 November 1997 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Local benefactor donates $100,000,” Neepawa Banner, 30 June 1997, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 November 1997, page 57.

Cowan Then and Now: 1898-2010 by Cowan History Book Committee, 2010, page 309.

We thank Leonard H. Goldsborough and Kelly Walker for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 February 2019

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