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Memorable Manitobans: Norman Ewart Brett (1881-1957)


Born at Alliston, Ontario on 2 August 1881, son of William Brett and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Scott (1855-1943), and brother of William Herman Brett, he accompanied his family to the Dugald area in 1889. Following teacher training, he taught at North Plympton School (1908-1909), Tyndall School (?-?), Oak River School (?-?), Basswood School (1915-1916), and was Principal of Deloraine School (1906-1907), St. James School (1910), Roland School (1910), Cartwright School (1915-1916), and Foxwarren School (1916-1917). He later taught at Weldon, Saskatchewan (1921) and at Aidrie, Alberta (1926). Upon retirement, he returned to Dugald. He died at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on 12 October 1957 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registrations [Newton Percival Brett / Amelia Adelaide Brett / Ena Violet Brett], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901, 1921, & 1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Departmental examinations [First Class Professional],” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1907, page 37.

“Hay from Springfield,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 1910, page 14.

“The Little Red Schoolhouse grows up,” by George S. Belton, Birtle Eye-Witness, 6 September 1955, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1957, page 15.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1957, page 25.

Brookside Cemetery burial transcriptions, City of Winnipeg.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 November 2020

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