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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred White (1869-1955)

Educator, administrator.

Born at Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England in May 1869, son of Reverend J. Metcalfe White, he immigrated to Canada in the latter 1880s and homesteaded on NW2-5-15-West near Belmont in 1892. After several years, he abandoned farming and took up teaching, working at Marringhurst School (1899), Souris School (?-?), and Griswold School (1902-1903, Principal) before moving to Brandon. There, he was Music Supervisor (1904) for the Brandon School District, Principal of New Central School (1905-1908), and succeeded Alexander Rose as Superintendent of the Brandon Public Schools (1908-1922).

He then moved to Norwood where he was Principal of Tache School (1923-1928), an instructor at the Manitoba Agricultural College (circa 1930), and Superintendent of the Norwood School District (?-1932). He retired in 1932 and took up residence at 122 Worthington Avenue in St. Vital, serving as Trustee (10 years) of the local School Board, including tenure as its Chairman. He was Provincial Supervisor of the United Church Sunday School Home Movement from its founding until 1953 and was active member of the Canadian Christan education movement, Mentors’ Club, and St. Vital United Church. While in Brandon, he met fellow teacher Jean Hyslop McQueen and they married at Brandon on 7 July 1909. They had no children.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 25 March 1955 and was buried in the St. Vital Cemetery.

Sources:

1901, 1906, and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Western Land Grants, Library and Archives Canada.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“The city schools reopen Thursday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1904, page 4.

“A special meeting of the school board [...],” Brandon Weekly Sun, 29 December 1904, page 24.

“White - McQueen,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 8 July 1909, page 9.

“Alfred White,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1955, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1955, page 33.

“Alfred White, educationist, dies at 86,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1955, page 30.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 June 2021

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