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Memorable Manitobans: James Willard McNabb (1875-?)


Born in Ontario on 13 August 1875, he graduated from Manitoba College with a BA in 1895 along with a Governor General’s Silver Medal for Classics and obtained a first class teaching certificate (1896) from Winnipeg Normal School. He taught within rural Manitoba and was Principal of West Treherne School (1899-1903) and Brandon Central School (1904), resigning his position in December 1904 on account of failing health. Having recovered, he left Brandon to become Principal of Swan River School (1905-1907) in March 1905. During this period, he also served as an Examiner (1903 & 1906) for collegiate grade entrance examinations and non-professional teachers certificates.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Results of toil,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 7 June 1895, page 1.

“The advisory board,” Winipeg Daily Tribune, 31 December 1896, page 5.

“Examiners at work,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 16 July 1903, page 11.

“New teachers for city schools,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 15 December 1904, page 24.

“A special meeting of the school board [...],” Brandon Weekly Sun, 29 December 1904, page 24.

“Local news,” Swan River Star, 31 March 1905, page 8.

“Appointment of sub-examiners,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 April 1906, page 11.

“Examinations for teachers,” Winipeg Tribune, 30 June 1906, page 15.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 June 2021

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