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Memorable Manitobans: James Humphrey Plewes (1873-1963)

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James Humphrey Plewes
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Educator, school inspector.

Born at Parkhill, Ontario on 7 September 1873, son of Thomas K. Plewes and Elizabeth Baird, he attended the Toronto Normal School before coming to Manitoba in 1895 where he subsequently received a BA degree from the University of Manitoba. After teaching at several rural schools, being Principal of Baldur School (1903-1905), Carman School (1905-1907), Birtle School (1907-1910), Binscarth School (1912-1916), Russell School (1916-1920), and Foxwarren School (1920-1924), he was appointed a School Inspector in 1924. During the Second World War, he came out of retirement to be the Principal of Dugald School (1939-1942), and later taught war veterans.

On 1 August 1902, he married Margaret Laura Cuddy, daughter of John Cuddy of Sanford (and sister of J. A. Cuddy and W. A. Cuddy). They had five children: Elizabeth Plewes (1904-1904), James Evan Plewes (b 1905), Lillian Ethel Eileen Plewes (b 1911), William Gordon Plewes, and Kathleen M. Plewes. He was a member of the Mentor’s Club and Fort Garry United Church.

He died at Winnipeg on 29 June 1963 and was buried in Sanford Cemetery.

Sources:

Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1963, page 21.

We thank Curt Belton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 April 2017

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