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Memorable Manitobans: Christina Kelso Ritchie (1887-1960)

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Christina Kelso Ritchie
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Born at Tummel on 1 April 1887, daughter of Wilson Kelso and Margaret Johnston, she attended the Central Normal School in 1904 and became a school teacher at Rossburn and Fife School (1909-1913), later serving as the first Principal of Tummel School. On 29 March 1915, she married farmer Gibson Ritchie (1881-1960) at Winnipeg and they had three daughters. She was President of the Tummel Women’s Institute, President of the Roblin Hospital Aid, and Superintendent of the Tummel Sunday School. In 1957, she and her husband received a Roblin Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Award in recognition of their community service. She died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 29 November 1960 and was buried in the Deer Park Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Unusually large normal class,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 January 1904, page 11.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Final rites Saturday for Gibson Ritchie,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1960, page 10.

“Mrs. Gibson Ritchie dies in Roblin,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1960, page 5.

Tummel’s History by Tummel 2013 Reunion Committee, 2013.

We thank Violet Joss for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 March 2015

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