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Memorable Manitobans: Ethel Alida Paisley (1873-1946)


Born in Ontario on 15 May 1873, daughter of Melissa Elizabeth Bull (1848-1922) and James Paisley (1843-1908), sister of Aleta Elizabeth Paisley, she accompanied her family from Petrolia (Ontario) to Brandon in early 1880s, possibly as early as 1882, and there attended the Old Central School. She graduated from Alma College at St. Thomas (Ontario) and Central Normal School in Winnipeg, the latter from where she received her Second Class (1891, Grade B) teaching certificate and Second Class (1894) teaching certificate.

She taught in rural Manitoba, including at Kemnay School (1894) prior to joining the staff of the Brandon School District by 1900, teaching at New Central School (1901-1905), Park School (1907-1913), and Fleming School (Principal, 1915-1921). Following the Brandon Ultimatum, her employment contract with the Brandon School District was terminated. She moved to Winnipeg where she taught at Bannatyne School (1926-1935). She retired in June 1935 and lived at 454 Campbell Street in Winnipeg.

She died at the Glendale Nursing Home in Winnipeg on 31 December 1946 and was buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Promotion examination of the Brandon High Schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 10 July 1884, page 8.

“These are teachers,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 5 August 1891, page 4.

“List of new teachers,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 27 February 1894, page 6.

“James Paisley [ad],” Brandon Daily Sun, 18 September 1884, page 3.

“City topics [Miss Ethel Paisley],” Brandon Daily Sun, 8 March 1894, page 14.

“Brandon news,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 11 September 1900, page 3.

“Brandon pioneer has passed away,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 January 1908, page 1.

“Death comes to a pioneer,” Brandon Daily Sun, 23 January 1908, page 2.

“Teachers should give longer notice,” Brandon Daily Sun, 12 August 1915, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1947, page 11.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Burial transcription, Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

We thank Sheri Bailey (Brandon Teachers' Association) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 May 2022

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