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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Nelson Bell (1870-1946)

Educator.

Born at Wellesley, Ontario in January 1870, son of William R. Bell, he came to Manitoba in the 1890s and taught at Markham School (circa 1897) and was the Principal of Brickburn School (1905-1917) and Grandview School (1917-1931). He retired in 1931. On 20 December 1893, he married Harriet Cunningham (1873-1955) at Waterloo, Ontario. They had eight children: Blanch Bell (1894-?), Perry Bell, Nelson Bell (1900-?), Irene Kathleen Bell (1901-?), Ketureh Bell (1903-?), William Horatio Bell (1904-?), Gilbert Harry Bell (1907-?), and Mary Georgina Bell (1911-?). He died at Winnipeg on 17 July 1946 and was buried in the Grandview Cemetery.

Sources:

Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Joseph Nelson Bell,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1946, page 8.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 June 2021

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