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Memorable Manitobans: Claude Elmer Luther Hogarth Law (1881-1959)


Born at Solina, Ontario on 5 March 1881, son of William L. Law (1857-?) and Sarah K. Law (1859-?), he was educated at Queen’s University then came to Manitoba in 1906. He taught school in rural Manitoba from 1906 to 1922, at Marringhurst School (1910) and Reston School, and serving as the Principal of Balmoral School (1917-1918), Cartwright School (1918-1919), and Swan Lake School (1919-1920). From 1929 to 1956, he did substitute teaching in schools of the Winnipeg area, including at Gonor School (1930-1931). He was a life member of the School Masters Club and a President of the Mentors Club. On 11 July 1912, he married Thorunn Sigurjonson (c1894-1955) at St. Boniface. They had two daughters, Ellen May Law (1915-1987, wife of Lionel George “Tiny” Clifford) and Jean Thorunn Law (?-1970). He was a life member of the St. Vital Agricultural Society, President of the Waugh Shield Childrens Garden Committee, President of the Mentors Club of Winnipeg, and member of the Winnipeg Horticultural Society and First Presbyterian Church. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 26 Sherwood Place, on 23 September 1959 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Ellen M. Law becomes bride of L. G. Clifford[,] Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1940, page 8.

“In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Claude E. Law,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1952, page 11.

Death notice [Thorunn Law], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1955, page 27.

“Birthdays,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 1956, page 17.

“Retired teacher Claude E. Law dead at 78,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 1959, page 38.

Obituary [Jean Thorunn Law], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1970, page 32.

Obituary [Lionel George Clifford], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 1999, page 34.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 January 2019

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