Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Kendall Stratton (1895-1961)
Born at Visalia, California on 3 March 1895, son of John Aaron Stratton (1869-1937) and Netta B. Ledsworth (1870-1954), he came to Manitoba with his family in 1896 and settled at Stonewall. He was educated there and at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1919 from the latter with a degree in Agricultural Science. He later also obtained an education degree. He had a long teaching career, working as Principal of Teulon School (1923-1926), Goose Lake School (1926-1931), Carman School (1931-1936), Stonewall School (1941-1943), Warren School (1947-1950), Morris School (1950-1951), Carman School (1951-1957), Melita School (1957-1959), and Cartwright School (1959-1961).
He was married three times. On 30 June 1920, he married May Emma Lucille Robinson (1897-1934) at Stonewall and they had three sons: Ronald Grant Stratton, Keith Robinson Stratton, and Dr. John Robert Stratton (1925-2018). On 14 November 1936, he married widow Lena Florence Galbraith Lawrie (1901-1948) who had two daughters from her prior marriage: Mary Miriam Lawrie (1927-1993, wife of Dr. Thomas Edward “Ted” Beighton) and Pat Lawrie (wife of Robert Morton). They had two children: Barbara Stratton (wife of George Slutchuk) and David Stratton. At the time of his death, his wife was widow Lyla Winnifred Short Smith (1902-1989) of Cartwright. He was a member of the United Church and the Masons.
He died at Winnipeg on 10 May 1961 and was buried in the Stonewall Cemetery.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary [Mrs. A. K. Stratton], Winnipeg Tribune, 5 November 1934, page 5.
Obituary [Mary Miriam Beighton], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 1993, page 41.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 1961, page 28.
“Arthur K. Stratton dies in hospital,” Stonewall Argus, 17 May 1961, page 5.
Obituary [Lyla Winnifred Stratton], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 1989, page 27.
Obituary [John Robert Stratton], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 2018.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Joyce Costello Rose for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 13 July 2019