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Memorable Manitobans: George Isaac Herman Garrett (1884-1977)


Born near London, Ontario on 17 April 1884, the second child of twelve born to Alexander Garrett and Sarah Knox, he attended the London Public School, London High School, and the London Normal School. He studied mathematics at the University of Western Ontario then taught school at Dorchester, Ontario. In 1914, he moved to Manitoba where he taught school at Langruth where he met his wife, marrying Runa Johannson on 17 July 1917.

He was Principal of Benito School (1916-1922), Sifton School (1922-1923), Glenboro School (1923-1928), Melita School (1928-1934), Killarney School (1934-1936), and Portage Collegiate (1936-1949). In 1949, he retired to a farm at Langruth but in 1954 was persuaded to return to Portage Collegiate as a physics teacher. He retired again in 1960 but continued to work as a substitute teacher into the early 1960s.

He died at his home in Portage la Prairie on 1 November 1977 and was buried in the Langruth Cemetery.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Marriage registation, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1977, page 50.

Ante Nos Scientia: Portage Collegiate Institute, 1882-2005 by Lisa Pao with Barry Bills, Portage Collegiate Institute Reunion Committee, 2005.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 March 2013

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