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Memorable Manitobans: Olive Edith Gray (1873-1948)

Educator.

Born at Winnipeg on 20 January 1873, daughter of Thomas Simon Gray (1838-1911) and Mary Jane Benson, she earned her second class teaching certificate in 1891 and joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Board. She was the Principal of Pembina Street School (1895-1896) and taught at Aberdeen School (1897-1898), Mulvey School (1898-1902) and Victoria School (1902-1906), after which she resigned. By the time of her father’s death in 1911, she was teaching at Balgonie, Saskatchewan, and was the Principal at Sanford School (1913-1914). She later took up residence at Dryden, Ontario before returning to Winnipeg by 1947. She died unmarried in 1948 and was buried at Regina Cemetery in Saskatchewan.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1906 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“These are teacher,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 August 1891, page 4.

“Governor thanked by School Board,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 June 1902, page 7.

“Heating for the schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 July 1906, page 8.

“Winnipeg pioneer [Thomas S. Gray],” Manitoba Free Press, 8 November 1911, page 28.

“[Miss Olive Gray],” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 July 1936, page 6.

Obituary [Mrs. Elizabeth Gray], Winnipeg Tribune, 7 May 1947, page 4.

Obituary [Mrs. Thomas S. Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1947, page 25.

Regina Cemetery & Regina Hebrew Cemetery, Olive Edith Gray (1873-1948), Rootsweb/Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 July 2017

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