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Memorable Manitobans: William Thompson Shipley (1870-1922)

Educator, journalist.

Born at Brampton, Ontario on 30 September 1870, son of Martin and Sarah Shipley, brother of John W. Shipley, he came to Manitoba as a child and resided on the family farm at Wavy Bank. He attended Wesley College in the late 1880s and was one of the first science graduates from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Good Hope School (1894) and was the Principal of the Stonewall Intermediate School then, in 1897, he went to Dauphin as Editor of its first newspaper, the Dauphin Press. He was there less than a year, purchasing in early 1898 the Glenboro Gazette at Glenboro and publishing it until early 1905. He also operated a farm near Teulon. He returned to education at Good Hope School (1905-1906) and was the Principal of Elm Creek School (1906), Cypress River School (1906-1907), and Neepawa Central School (1909-1914). He quit due to ill health but returned to teaching in 1919, as the Principal of Gladstone School (1919-1921). He died at Gladstone, unmarried, on 30 March 1922 and was buried in the Victoria Cemetery.


“City and general,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 May 1897, page 6.

“City and general,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 January 1898, page 8.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Principal Shipley, of Gladstone, dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 March 1922, page 11.

“Gladstone’s tribute to late W. Shipley,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 April 1922, page 7.

Obituary, Stonewall Argus, 5 April 1922, page 8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 April 2018

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