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Memorable Manitobans: Catherine Penny Emisch Ham (1946-1993)

Author, historian.

Born at Plumas, daughter of Jake and Ruth Emisch, she graduated from Brandon University in 1966 and taught briefly at Sidney School (1966-1967) and Carberry School. She married Norman Ham and had three children. Over a 26-year period, she wrote columns for the Brandon Sun and other western Canadian newspapers, and she wrote three books: Place Names of Manitoba (1980), The History of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum (1981), and a posthumously published collection of her columns, A Celebration of Rural Manitoba (1993). She died suddenly, at her home at Sidney on 26 August 1993 and was buried in the Carberry Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1993, page 32.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 March 2014

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