Memorable Manitobans: Janet Louisa May More (1896-1986)
Born on the family farm in the RM of Winchester on 3 July 1896, one of two children of David Donald More (1864-1957) and Janet Victoria McDougall (1864-1938), she was educated at the Chain Lakes School, Hartney High School, and the University of Manitoba (BA 1961). She taught at Tilston School (1917-1920), Lauder School (1920-1923), Ninette School (1926) and Dand School (1927) then, in 1928, she became the first Principal of Oakburn Consolidated School, teaching in grades 7 to 11, and remaining there until 1935. She was Principal of Oakner School (1935-1937) and Minto School (1939-1944). She returned to Dand School (1944-1946) and was at Napinka School from 1951 to 1953. From the late 1950s to 1963, she was a member of the teaching staff of Boissevain Collegiate. She moved to Winnipeg in September 1963 where she was a teacher (1963-1964) and librarian (1964-1967) of Charleswood Collegiate. She retired in June 1967.
She was a member of the Manitoba Educational Association, Manitoba Library Association, Turtle Mountain Teachers’ Association (of which she was first President), Manitoba Teachers’ Society (of which she was made a Life Member), University Women’s Club of Winnipeg, Westworth United Church, and Deloraine Rebekah Lodge. In the early 1970s, she served on the Council of the Manitoba Historical Society.
She died at her Winnipeg home, unmarried, on 8 May 1986 and was buried in the Hartney Riverside Cemetery. Some of her papers are held at the S. J. McKee Archives.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
History of the Ninette School by Keith Worden, 1956.
Golden Memories: Dand, Manitoba, Canada by Dand Women’s Institute, 1967.
“Studd speaks at graduation”, Brandon Sun, 29 May 1961, page 11.
Echoes: Oakburn, Manitoba, 1870- 1970 by Oakburn Centennial Committee. Oakburn: The Committee, 1970.
Reflections of Time: A History of the RM of Albert by RM of Albert History Book, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.A43 Ref]
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1986, page 44.
Burial record, Ancestry.
We thank Christy Henry and Gerald R. Brown for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 November 2022