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Memorable Manitobans: Elmire Jay Harwood Duncan (1873-?)


Born at Lambton, Ontario on 13 April 1873, son of Park Duncan and Margery McMurray, he obtained a BA degree, became an educator, and married fellow teacher Sue Belle Duncan (1873-?), both working in Medonte Township (1911). Moving west, they taught at Lumsden, Saskatchewan (1921-1922) prior to settling in Brandon at 410 Third Street. He joined the Brandon School District staff, first as a teacher (1922-1923) and then as Principal (1923-1927) of the Brandon Collegiate Institute. He resigned in June 1927, after which his whereabouts are not yet determined.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1921 & 1926 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

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

“Have provided much needed accommodation,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1923, page 1.

“New enrolment records for public schools and collegiate almost doubled in thirteen years,” Brandon Daily Sun, 11 September 1923, page 2.

“Only one new principal for public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1924, page 1.

“Principal and teacher of Collegiate Institute honored by staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 25 June 1927, page 5.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 July 2021

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