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Memorable Manitobans: Howard Robert Haines (1891-1974)


Born at Birtle on 14 October 1891, son of John Byron Haines (1846-1930) and Ann Joynt (1853-1917), he taught at Lakeside School (1908) and was Principal of Foxwarren School (1914-1915), Birtle School (1915-1918), and Shoal Lake School (1918-1920) before moving to Killarney as Principal of the Killarney School (1920-1927) then to Dauphin as Principal of MacKenzie School (1927-1928). He had moved to Winnipeg by 1937 and resided at 170 Hazel Dell Avenue (?-1957) in East Kildonan for many years. During this time, he was Principal of Prince Edward School (1942-1954), Melrose Junior High School (1955-1956), and Superintendent of the East Kildonan School District (1956-1957) after which he retired.

On 12 July 1916, he married Elizabeth Myfanwy James (1893-1964) at Brandon and had two daughters: Jane Myfanwy Haines (c1918-?, wife of Alex McGuire) and Betty Haines (wife of Leonard Pateman). He served as President of the Inspectorial Division No. 20 Teachers Association (1937-1938) and the East Kildonan Community Club (1945).

In 1957, he moved to Huntsville, Ontario and died there on 26 December 1974.


Birth and marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“H. R. Haines elected head by teachers at closing session,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1937, page 30.

“East Kildonan in readiness for new community centre,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1945, page 3.

“E. Kildonan teaching staff announced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 September 1953, page 22.

“Haines named E. Kildonan School Superintendent,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1955, page 9.

“The Municipal School district of East Kildonan No. 14,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1957, page 37.

Obituary [Bessie C. Rankin], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1962, page 43.

A View of the Birdtail: A History of the Municipality of Birtle, the Town of Birtle, and the Villages of Foxwarren and Solsgirth 1878-1974. History Committee of the Municipality of Birtle, 1974. Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.B57.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1974, page 28.

Hendir Hueglin family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 July 2017

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