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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Wilbert “Wib” Emerson (1888-1969)


Born in Ontario on 2 July 1888, son of Matthew H. Emerson (1856-?) and Hannah Emerson (1851-?), he moved with his parents to Manitoba at a young age. He taught school for 42 years, including terms at Brunkild School (1920-1930), Kirkfield Park School (1930-1944), and Spruce Bluff School (1953-1954). On 17 September 1919, he married fellow teacher Jane Nickle (1899-1981) at Russell. They had one child, Elspeth Anne Emerson (wife of Patrick W. Fitzmaurice). He retired to Grandview in the 1960s where he was a member of the Masons (Grandview Lodge), IOOF (Grandview Lodge), and Grandview United Church. He died at Dauphin on 3 October 1969 and was buried in the Grandview Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Church notes [Sturgeon Creek United],” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1933, page 9.

“Sturgeon Creek United,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1939, page 8.

“Elspeth Emerson, P. W. Fitzmaurice exchange vows,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1950, page 15.

“15 years ago – July 1953,” Grandview Exponent, 3 July 1968, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1969, page 34.

Obituary [Jane Emerson], Dauphin Herald, 7 October 1981, page 26.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 April 2015

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