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Memorable Manitobans: James Alvin Leslie (?-1973)


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.


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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