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Memorable Manitobans: Harold Arthur Bathgate [Batke] (1904-1983)


Born at Winnipeg on 7 May 1904, son of German immigrants, brother of Edward Arthur Bathgate, the family Anglicized their surname soon after his birth. He attended school at Winnipeg and Garson then obtained arts and education degrees from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Overstone School (1931-1941) and Glenmoor School (1948-1949), and was the Principal of Minitonas School (1950-1953), Grandin School (1953-1956), and West St. Paul School (1956-1959). He was a member of the Inter-urban Teachers’ Council, serving as its President for one year. On 8 August 1925, he married Mary Stewart Watson (?-?) at Winnipeg. They had a son and three daughters. During the Second World War, he served with Canadian forces overseas. Active in politics, in 1963 he ran for a seat in the House of Commons, representing the Social Credit party, but was defeated by Gordon Churchill. He was a deacon at Young Street Adventist Church. He died on 8 November 1983.


1906 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“57 candidates seek 15 seats in Manitoba, N.W. Ontario,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1963, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 1983, page 70.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 November 2017

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