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


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, where she was residing at Ponoka as of October 1982. Her whereabouts after this time are unknown.


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.

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.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 November 2016

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