Memorable Manitobans: Helen Sarah Leitch (1889-?)
Born at Brandon on 29 June 1889, daughter of Emma Louisa McLachlan (1871-?) and Archibald MacMillan Leitch (1848-1914), she grew up locally and attended schools in the Brandon School District before completing teacher training. She was Principal of Assiniboine School (1911-1912) and taught at New Central School (1912-1913, 1915-1916) and Park School (1916-1919).
In Fall 1919, she was granted a year’s absence by the Brandon School District on account of poor health, during which she and her mother spent time at Vancouver, British Columbia. She returned around August 1920 and resumed classroom teaching at the New Central School (1920-1922). Following the Brandon Ultimatum, her employment was terminated in April 1922. She and her mother moved to the United States and had settled in California by 1928. Her whereabouts after this point are unknown.
Birth, marriage [Emma L. McLachlan and Archibald Leitch], and death [Archibald MacMillan Leitch] registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 & 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
Brandon estate files (ATG 0064A), 3074 Archibald Leitch, GR0394, Archives of Manitoba.
Burial transcriptions [Alexander M. Leitch], Brandon Municipal Cemetery.
“Collegiate examinations,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 3 January 1906, page 10.
“Public school teachers enjoy summer holidays,” Brandon Daily Sun, 4 July 1917, page 1.
“School children,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 14 August 1919, page 15.
“Changes in the teaching staff public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 September 1919, page 1.
“[Mrs. E. L. Leitch and daughter],” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1920, page 9.
“Around town [Mrs. E. L. Leitch],” Brandon Daily Sun, 29 June 1922, page 5.
“Normal School notes,” Brandon Daily Sun, 22 May 1923, page 15.
“Around town [Mrs. A Leitch],” Brandon Daily Sun, 15 June 1928, page 5.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 2 May 2022