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Memorable Manitobans: Sarah Ann Sproat (1885-1976)


Born near Virden on 22 July 1885, daughter of William Sproat and Eliza J. Mundell, she was educated at the River Valley School, Virden High School, and Brandon Normal School. She then taught at Daybreak School, Hillside School (1905), and Buckingham School, after which she completed her teacher training at the Winnipeg Normal School.

She joined the teaching staff of Hamiota School (1909-1920) then went to Shoal Lake School. While there, she received her First Class teacher’s certificate that enabled her to teach high school. She taught at Tolstoi School and Gardenton School, and served as Principal of Sidney School (1925-1930), Eriksdale School (1930-1932), Warren School (1932-1933), and Purple Bank School (1935-1937).

Nearing retirement, she accepted a position marking correspondence papers with the Manitoba Department of Education. In 1970, she received a Centennial Medal from the Manitoba Historical Society in recognition of “54 years of dedicated service to education in Manitoba”.

She died at Victoria, British Columbia on 10 June 1976 and was buried in the Virden Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

A History of Hamiota Village and Municipalty by Hamiota Women’s Institute, 1953.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1976, page 41.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 January 2015

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