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Memorable Manitobans: William Jonathan Gresham (1903-1978)

Educator.

Born at Perth, Australia on 7 March 1903, son of Jonathan Gresham and Henrietta Grave, brother of Albert Burton Gresham, he emigrated to Manitoba in 1910 with his family and was educated at Elkhorn School and St. John’s High School. He served as Principal of Carroll School (1924-1927) and Pine Falls School (1927-1932), later moving to Winnipeg where he taught at Faraday School (1932-1940), Isaac Newton School (1940-1956), and Kelvin High School (1956-1968).

On 27 July 1927, he married Frances May Dawley (1901-1991) at Carroll and they subsequently had three sons: Burton Gresham, Douglas Gresham, and Glenn Gresham.

He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 20 August 1978.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Frances May Gresham], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1991, page 40.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 June 2022

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