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Memorable Manitobans: Elsie Rowena Ritchie (1892-1992)

Educator.

Born in the Rural Municipality of Langford on 12 August 1892, daughter of Elizabeth Jan Watson (1874-?) and Joshua Ritchie (1862-?), she attended the Brandon Normal School and began working in rural Manitoba schools. She taught at Stoney Creek School (1918), at Neepawa (?-?) and Roblin (?-?), and was Principal at Green Bay School (1933-1934). Later, she taught within the Greater Winnipeg area, in the North Kildonan School District (1942-1958) at Lord Kitchener School, and Old Kildonan School District at Red River School (1958-1963), after which she retired. She was a member of the Knox United Church. She died at the Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg on 20 February 1992 and was buried in the Neepawa Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

“Husband speaks to Red River Valley teachers," Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1949, page 7.

Winnipeg estate file PR92-01-25304, Elsie Ritchie, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1992, page B25.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 June 2022

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