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Memorable Manitobans: Louise Violet Staples (1899-1988)


Born at Minnedosa on 13 March 1899, daughter of Edward Francis Staples (1862-1935) and Elizabeth Jane Burrell (1875-1940), she moved to Winnipeg as a young girl. She taught at Somerset School (1921-1928), Greenway School (1928-1945), and Hugh John Macdonald School (1945-1951) prior to serving as the Principal of Montcalm School (1951-1964), ultimately working as a teacher for 45 years. In 1936, she founded the Canadian School Safety Patrols program. Since 1964, the Louise Staples Award is given out annually to the most efficient school patrol captain in the Greater Winnipeg area. She served a term as President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She died at Winnipeg on 23 March 1988 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery. A collection of her papers relating to the school patrols is held at the Archives of Manitoba.

See also:

Events in Manitoba History: Elmer the Safety Elephant


Birth registration [Louisa Violet Staples], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Principal honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1964, page 16.

“City teacher Louise Staples began program 50 years ago,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1986, page 37.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1988, page 24.

“Young finest honored for safety patrol duties,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1992, page B14.

“Top school patrols honoured,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 2012, page A7.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 28 April 2020

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