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Memorable Manitobans: Lottie Jean Chapman Duncan (1887-1978)

Home economist.

Born on a farm near Brandon on 26 May 1887, daughter of Jane Chapman (1861-?) and James Chapman (1862-?), She received a degree from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Home Economics from the University of Manitoba. She was Director of the Home Economics Department at the Manitoba Agricultural College (1922-1935).

She was married twice, first on 18 December 1909 to farmer Francis “Frank” Duncan (1883-1918) with whom she had a daughter, Jean Isabel Bernice Duncan (1910-1936). On 8 June 1935, she married Howard Bruno Sommerfeld at Winnipeg and moved with him to Yorkton, Saskatchewan. She had a son, S. F. Sommerfeld. She was a member of the Women’s Canadian Club, University Women’s Club (President, 1939-1941), and St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church. She was Secretary of the Canadian Federation of University Women and a member of the PEO Sisterhood and patron of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

She died at Beamsville, Ontario on 11 June 1978 and was buried in the Souris Glenwood Cemetery.

Sources:

1901, 1906, and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Nuptial event solemnized in St. Stephen’s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1935, page 10.

“Home Ec. teachers want changes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 August 1970.

Obituary [Lottie Sommerfeld], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 1978, page 54.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 January 2022

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