Memorable Manitobans: John Nellson “Jack” Belton (1906-1981)
Educator, school inspector.
Born at Birtle on 28 February 1906, son of Francis Henry “Frank” Belton and Ellen Maria Scott (c1878-1909), he was educated at Roblin and attended Normal School at Yorkton and Saskatoon [Saskatchewan]. From 1923 to 1927, he taught at several rural Saskatchewan schools. After living at Shortdale for a year, he became a high school teacher and Principal at Grandview School, serving there for 28 years, until he became a school inspector at Swan River, in June 1955. He retired in June 1971. On 27 December 1932, he married Olive Pearl Bowes (1913-2007) at Grandview. They had a daughter, Iona Belton (wife of Andrew Kozak). He was a member of the United Church of Canada, Masons, Odd Fellows, and Grandview Curling Club. He died at Winnipeg on 3 June 1981 and was buried in the Birchwood Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Retiring school inspector honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1971, page 70.
Obituary, Roblin Review, 17 June 1981, page 7.
Obituary [Olive Pearl Belton], Swan Valley Star and Times, 18 December 2007, page 27.
We thank Sheila Dresen, Curt Belton, and Iona Kozak for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 April 2017
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