Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Endangered
Top 10
2019

Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

Summer Field Trip 2019
MHS
Summer
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
MHS
Fall
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Evelyn Jane Tanner Burns (1890-1961)

Municipal official.

Born in County Donegal, Ireland in May 1890, she emigrated to Canada in 1906 with her husband James Burns, and took up farming in the area south of Carberry, Manitoba. A daughter Florence Elizabeth Burns was born there in 1907. By 1911, she was divorced from her husband and moved to the community of Rosser, where she became employed as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer in the office of the Rural Municipality of Rosser. In 1926, when Secretary-Treasurer Walter Beachell passed away, she took over his job, becoming one of the first female municipal officers in the province. She died at her desk on 15 February 1961, having worked for the municipality for a total of 48 years. A member of the Rosser Anglican Church, she was known as a “kindly neighbour and friend, always ready to give a helping hand when needed, whether day or night.”

Sources:

Obituary for E. J. Burns, Winnipeg Tribune, 16 February 1961.

Rosser Ripples: A History of the Rosser Municipality, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 September 2008

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.