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Memorable Manitobans: Iva Jettie Stewart Leins (1900-1999)

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Iva Jettie Stewart Leins
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Born at Cloyne, Ontario on 14 January 1900, daughter of Violet Stewart (1878-?) and Robert Stewart (1875-?), and sibling of Charles Burton Stewart, she accompanied her family to Manitoba in 1912 and grew up on their homestead at 12-5-22W, west of Elgin in the Rural Municipality of Cameron. She attended Wesley College in Winnipeg, graduating with a BA (1926) and serving as Lady Stick (1925-1926) for the Faculty of Arts of the University of Manitoba.

While attending university, she taught at General Byng School (1924-1925) in the Fort Garry School District, followed by Fork River School (?-?), Boissevain School (1927-1928), Medora School (?-?), Basswood School (1929-1931, Principal), Warren School (1931-1932, Principal), and Stonewall School (?-1934). She did postgraduate studies at Columbia University (New York City) in late January 1935, from which she earned an MA degree.

In 1936, she married Arthur Leins (1902-1990) and lived in New York, New Jersey, and Washington State. Late in life, she returned to Manitoba and resided at the St. Norbert Nursing Home. She died there on 10 July 1999 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

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

“Results of matriculation and teachers examinations [Teachers - Grade IX - Honor List],” Manitoba Free Press, 16 July 1914, page 3.

“Examination results [Grade X Examinations - Teachers’ Course - Honors List],” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 20 July 1915, page 8.

“[First Year Arts],” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 May 1923, page 7.

“Mid-term results given by university [Second Year Arts],” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 1 January 1924, page 6.

“Girl students take honors,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 May 1924, page 9.

“Results of Manitoba University examinations [Third Year Arts],” Manitoba Free Press, 21 May 1925, page 16.

“Wesley notes,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 October 1925, page 4.

“University notes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 October 1925, page 22.

“Wesley College notes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 March 1926, page 9.

“Results of summer school examinations are issued [First Class Professional A],” Manitoba Free Press, 20 August 1926, page 18.

“South-Eastern teachers end sessions here,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 November 1931, page 11.

“Social and personal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1934, page 6.

“To study at Columbia,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 January 1935, page 9.

“Society [Miss Iva Stewart ...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 January 1935, page 6.

“Eastern visitors share tea honors during week-end,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1937, page 8.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1999, page B7.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), PR99-01-51393 Iva S. Leins, GR14253, Archives of Manitoba.

Elmwood Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 October 2021

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