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Memorable Manitobans: James Alvin Leslie (?-1973)

Educator.

In 1920, he began a 44-year teaching career at several rural schools, including Hathaway School (1921-1922), before being appointed Principal of the Swan Lake School (1925-1926). He was later Principal of Miami School (1926-1933), Cypress River School (1933-1941), and Carman School (1941-1951). In 1951, he joined the staff of Souris Collegiate and, after two years as a teacher, became its Principal, a position he held at retirement in 1964. He was President of the Souris Teachers’ Society. In 1966, he was given a life membership in the Manitoba Teachers’ Society. On 7 August 1929, he married teacher Frances Ruth Owens (?-1997). They had two children, Barbara Leslie Hansen and Robert Leslie. He died in 1973.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Teachers honour educationists,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 1966, page 5.

Obituary [Frances Ruth Leslie], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1997, page 35.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2015

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