Memorable Manitobans: Margaret “Maggie” Underhill (1898-1986)
Born on a farm in the Rural Municipality of Strathclair on 28 June 1898, the ninth of twelve children born to Margaret “Maggie” McGregor (1864-1944) and John Underhill (1855-1922), she attended Strathclair School and was in the school’s first graduating class, finishing Grade 11 in the 1915-1916 school year. She taught at several rural schools including Swan River School (?-?) and Starbuck School (1921-1925) before teaching at Transcona School (1927-1956). She taught at Westview School (1953-1956) and was its Principal (1956-1957), becoming the first female, full-time Principal in Transcona before transferring to the Principalship at Radisson School, serving there until her retirement in 1963. In retirement, she resided part-time in Winnipeg and part-time with her brother Arthur McGregor Underhill (1903-1994) in the RM of Strathclair. In November 1965, she cut the ribbon to officially open the newly-constructed Margaret Underhill School in Transcona, presently known as École Margaret Underhill. She died unmarried at Strathclair on 23 September 1986 and was buried in the Strathclair Cemetery.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 & 1916 Canada censuses, Library and Archives of Canada.
“Lady teacher honored in new elementary school,” The Transcona News, 25 November 1965, pages 1 and 12.
Our Story to 1970 by the Rural Municipality of Strathclair, Centennial History Committee, 1970. [Legislative Library of Manitoba]
Our Story to 1984 by the Rural Municipality of Strathclair, Centennial History Committee, 1984. [Legislative Library of Manitoba]
Margaret Underhill, Winnipeg Estate file PR86-01-06306, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituary [Arthur Underhill], Brandon Sun, 12 December 1994, page 8.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 4 September 2020