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Memorable Manitobans: Eleanor Bell Garwood “Nellie” McDowell (1891-1974)

Educator.

Born at Winnipeg on 17 September 1891, the eldest of nine children of Harry Russell Garwood (1864-1934) and Sarah Annie Hunter (1867-1926), she attended Wellington School, Isbister School, Somerset School, and the Central Normal School. After graduation, she began teaching for the Winnipeg School Board, where she taught (1910-1912, 1913-1915) and was Principal of Albert School (1912-1913), followed by tenure at Somerset School (1915-1920). On 5 November 1921, she married Harry McDowell (c1892-1973) at Winnipeg. The couple who had two sons: Harry Russell McDowell and James William McDowell. They moved to the Sanford area where she resided for the rest of her life and was a member of the Ferndale United Church. She died in Winnipeg on 12 April 1974 and was buried in the St. Vital Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“The pupils promoted [Wellington School],” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 June 1899, page 5.

“[Isbister School],” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 June 1901, page 6.

“The pupils advanced [Somerset School],” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 June 1902, page 5.

“Many pupils pass [Somerset School],” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 June 1903, page 3.

“Examination of teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 July 1906, page 15.

“Garwood - Bartley,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 July 1933, page 5.

“St. Vital home is ravaged by flames [Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Garwood],” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1933, page 1.

“Harry Garwood, veteran printer, dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1934, page 3.

“Harry Garwood, Free Press staff, succumbs Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1934, page 13.

“McDowell - Wurmnest,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 June 1945, page 11.

“McDowell - Brown wedding event at Wasagaming,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1952, page 15.

Obituary [Harry McDowell], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1973, page 33.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1974, page 33.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 October 2016

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