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Memorable Manitobans: Ruth Annie Fairlie Henderson (1904-1992)


Born in the Rural Municipality of Pipestone on 6 January 1904, daughter of Alexander “Alex” Fairlie (1858-1910) and Margaret Forsyth (1860-1957), following grade school she attended Normal School and became a teacher. She taught at many rural Manitoba schools, including Paramount School (1927-1929), Cameron School (?-?), and McConnell School (?-?), before serving as Principal of Douglas School (1939-1940), Grosse Isle School (1940-1941), Warren School (1941-1942), Sandy Lake School (1942-1943), and Newdale School (1943-1945). On 27 March 1951, she married former Winnipeg resident Robert Henderson (?-?) at Strathmore United Church. Though the couple announced plans of moving to Kamloops, British Columbia, she returned to teaching in Manitoba, serving as Principal at Binscarth School (1952-1954), Franklin School (1954-1958), and Domain School (1958-1959). She later moved to Alberta and resided at Ponoka. She died on 26 April 1992 and was buried in the Pipestone Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Examination results throughout Manitoba,” Manitoba Free Press, 19 July 1917, page 4.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

“Henderson - Fairlie,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 1951, page 13.

Obituary [George David Fairlie], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1982, page 40.

We thank Sharon Simms for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2018

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