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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Rutherford Burch (1867-1945)


Born at Peterborough, Ontario on 16 September 1867, daughter of Arthur Rutherford (c1837-1892) and Maryanne Ford (c1836-1916), she worked as a teacher for at least 30 years. She married Arthur Elvin Burch (1872-1910) in Ontario and had son Herbert Leroy Burch (1898-1987) before moving to Winnipeg in 1900. She taught for the Winnipeg School Division at Gladstone School (1905-1906), Somerset School (1906-1907), Victoria School (1907-1908), Alexandra School (1910-1913, 1921-1925), and Greenway School (1913-1918), and served as the Principal of Lord Nelson School (1918-1919) prior to retirement. She was a member of Grace United Church and Fort Rouge United Church. She died at Winnipeg on 21 September 1945 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Ontario birth registrations, Ancestry.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1881 & 1901 Canada censes, Ancestry.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. Arthur Burch, former teacher, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1945, page 4.

“Mrs. E. Burch dies; was pioneer teacher,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 September 1945, page 7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 24 September 1945, page 7.

Obituary [Herbert L. Burch], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 February 1987, page 36.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank Elizabeth Hubbard for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 March 2019

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