Memorable Manitobans: Chester MacMillan Fraser (1904-1975)
Born at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on 9 September 1904, son of Thomas Fraser and Mary L. MacMillan, the following year he came to La Riviere with his parents. He attended La Riviere School and the Manitou Normal School, then began his teaching career at Quinton, Saskatchewan. Returning to Manitoba, he taught at Mountain School and La Riviere School then served as the Principal of Snowflake School (1928-1938), Plum Coulee School (1938-1943), Stony Mountain School (1944-1945), Erickson School (1945-1948), La Riviere School (1948-1950), Roseisle School (1952-1953), and Emerson School (1953-1956). He moved to St. James in 1956 where he taught at St. James Collegiate, Silver Heights Collegiate, Transcona High School, Hugh John Macdonald School (1960-1964), and Tec Voc High School (1968-1970). He retired in June 1970. On 4 July 1929, he married Grace Minnie Evans (1905-2006) in the RM of Pembina. They had a daughter, Iris Merle Fraser (1930-1941). He died at Winnipeg on 10 April 1975 and was buried in the La Riviere Riverside Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Turning Leaves: A History of La Riviere and District by the La Riviere Historical Book Society, 1979.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1975, page 44.
Obituary [Grace Minnie Fraser], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 2006.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 January 2016
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