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Memorable Manitobans: James William Beer (1896-1978)


Born at Kropp, Germany in 1896, son of Rev. Frederick and Katherine Beer, the family immigrated to Winnipeg when he was one year old, later moving to Saginaw, Michigan where he attended elementary school. The family moved to Ottawa (Ontario) then to Brandon where he attended Brandon College. He later received a BA degree in languages from Queen’s University (Kingston). He taught at Bagot School and Pipestone School then was the Principal of Miniota School (1922-1924) and Benito School (1924-1926). In 1926, he moved to Winnipeg where he taught successively at Lord Roberts School, Machray Junior High School, St. John’s High School, and the University of Manitoba. He retired in 1969. On 29 June 1923, he married Lillian Mildred Borland at Miniota. He was a member of Westminster United Church, the Wildwood Club, and the Tuxedo Lawn Bowling Club. He moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1975 where he died on 20 December 1978 and was buried.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 September 2013

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