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Memorable Manitobans: Catherine Annie Dohaney (1877-1960)


Born at Chipman, New Brunswick on 29 July 1877, daughter of John Dohaney (1846-1921) and Margaret Dohaney (1849-1938), she came to Manitoba and taught at Broomhill School (1906) and Graham School (1909). Moving to the RM of Assiniboia, she was the Principal of Kirkfield Park School from 1910 to 1930, having particular success with her students at spelling competitions. In 1930, she moved to Edmonton, Alberta, returning two years later and, on 9 January 1932, marrying widower John Watson Blair (1861-1949) at the St. Mary’s Rectory. She resided at Winnipeg until at least 1949. She died in 1960 and was buried in New Brunswick. She is commemorated by Dohaney Crescent in Winnipeg.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [John Dohaney], Winnipeg Tribune, 13 July 1921, page 16.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Blair – Dohaney,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 1932, page 8.

Obituary [Margaret Dohaney], Winnipeg Tribune, 3 February 1938, page 5.

Obituary [John Watson Blair], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1949, page 17.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2015

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