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Memorable Manitobans: Viola Isabel Duff (1885-1962)


Born at Crystal City on 18 January 1885, daughter of David H. Duff and Isabel Smith, she attended Glenboro School then came to Winnipeg with her family where she taught at Pinkham School (1913-1915) and Albert School and served as its Acting Principal for several years. Later she served as Principal of Julia Clark School (1921-1929) and David Livingstone School (1929-1946). She was a member of Knox United Church and an active volunteer with the Canadian Institute for the Blind. She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 25 March 1962 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Today’s Pinkhamites ‘enjoy’ relating tales of fire” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1949.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1962, page 25.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 February 2015

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