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Memorable Manitobans: Alice Leone Mitchell (1874-1946)

Educator.

Born at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 24 August 1874, daughter of John Mitchell and Susan Morley, she was educated at the Halifax Normal School, Ladies’ College (Halifax), and the Emerson College of Oratory. She was a pupil of Miss Noyes and Oscar Eagle (Paris). She graduated from Emerson in 1906 and taught at Mount Allison University for six years. She came to Winnipeg in 1912 where she taught drama and voice from her apartment in the Camden Court, and was considered one of the best in Canada, even the continent. One of her star pupils was Elsie McLuhan who insisted that her son Marshall McLuhan take lessons. She was a member of the IODE (Assiniboine Chapter), Women’s Canadian Club, and Maritime Association Club. She moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in June 1945 where she died on 29 April 1946.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Miss Alice Mitchell, voice teacher, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 May 1946.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Christian Cassidy.

Page revised: 28 April 2013

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