Memorable Manitobans: Martin Stamler (?-2007)
Born the son of Martin Stamler (c1895-1974) and Anna Stamler (c1901-1988), he grew up on the family farm at Sprague, attended Sprague School, and took grades 11 and 12 at Steinbach High School. His career in education began on permit at Middlebro School (1941-1942), prior to attending the Central Normal School. During the Second World War, he enlisted with the Canadian Army and served as an infantryman. Upon demobilization, he returned to Middlebro School (1945-1946) and attended two years at the University of Manitoba. He resumed work in the classroom as a teacher (1948-1951) and Principal (1949-1951) of Erickson School, Principal of Teulon School (1951-1952), and Vice-Principal of Pine Falls School (1952-1955). In 1955, his career took him to Atikokan, Ontario, working as a teacher (1955-1959), Guidance Department Head (1959-1966), Vice-Principal (1966-1972), and Principal (1972-1978) at Atikokan High School, after which he retired. In retirement, he volunteered as a senior’s councillor in Winnipeg and Kelowna, British Columbia. He was President of three Manitoba Teachers’ Society locals and enjoyed trailer-traveling around the world. On 27 June 1952, he married Olive Hafdahl (?-?) at the John Black Memorial Church in East Kildonan and had four children. He died at Winnipeg on 14 June 2007 and was buried in the Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.
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“Engagements [Mr. and Mrs. John Hafdahl],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1952, page 20.
“Sprague,” Steinbach Carillon News, 8 April 1955, page 6.
“[Martin Stamper Jr.],” Steinbach Carillon News, 2 September 1955, page 11.
“Atikokan High School Principal named,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 September 1972, page 67.
Obituary [Martin Stamler], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1974, page 41.
“Sprague,” Steinbach Carillon News, 10 May 1978, page 18.
Obituary [anna stamler], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1988, page 44.
“Condolences [Mrs. Anna Stamler], Steinbach Carillon News, 21 September 1988, page 10.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 2007, page 30.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 11 July 2020