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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Arthur Bathgate [Batke] (1887-1961)

Educator, bookkeeper.

Born in Poland on 12 May 1888, son of Stephen Batke (1959-?) and Agnes Hazelmeire (1862-?), and brother of Harold Arthur Bathgate, he immigrated with his family to Canada in 1890, where they settled at Winnipeg and Anglicized their surname to Bathgate. He became an educator, serving as Principal of North Ward School (1907) and Eunola School (1907-1908), and teaching at Corrall School (1915-1916). Around 1910, he worked as a collecting freight agent for the Winnipeg office of the Canadian National Railways and taught at Garson School around 1919. Later, he was Principal of Stony Mountain School (1924-1927) and Elgin School (1927-1929) before returning to the classroom in Teulon Collegiate (1927-1947). He died unmarried at Winnipeg on 12 November 1961 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


1901 & 1916 Canada Census, Library and Archives Canada.

1906 & 1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Businessmen reveal qualities sought in job applicants,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1939, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1961, page 27.

Brookside Cemetery Listings, City of Winnipeg.

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

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 January 2022

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