Memorable Manitobans: Laura Vivian Asselstine Singleton (1888-1968)
Born at Kingston, Ontario on 14 December 1888, daughter of Jessie Asselstine (c1853-?) and Peter Asselstine (1841-?), she became a teacher and arrived in Manitoba sometime between 1901 and 1911, rooming at 571 Furby Street at Winnipeg. After teaching at Brucefield School (1907-1909), she moved to the Winnipeg School District at Strathcona School (1912-1914) and was the Principal of St. Charles School / Charleswood School (1915-1917).
On 4 October 1913, she married Leo Singleton (1885-1935) at Winnipeg and had a daughter; Margaret Louise “Peggy” Singleton (1918-?). They later resided along Princeton Boulevard in Charleswood (1926) and worked as an agent of the Dominion Life (c1935). After her husband’s death, she moved to 384 Hargrave Street in Winnipeg and worked at the Rose Bowl Cafe.
Around 1943, she moved to British Columbia, where she died at the Vancouver General Hospital on 8 July 1968. Her cremains were interred at the Mountain View Cemetery.
Birth [Margaret Louise Singleton], marriage, and death [Leo Singleton] registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1891 & 1926 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
1901 & 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
“[Mrs. J. V. Dillabough ...],” Manitoba Free Press, 25 October 1913, page 13.
“[Mrs. J. V. Dillabough ...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 October 1913, page 7.
“L. Singleton drops dead early Monday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1935, page 7.
“Funeral service for Leo Singleton [...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 October 1935, page 8.
Obituary [Leo Singleton], Winnipeg Tribune, 3 October 1935, page 4.
Obituary [Mrs. Gertrude Beatrice Adair], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1954, page 16.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 8 July 2022