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Memorable Manitobans: Eva May Calder (1894-1989)

Educator, writer.

Born in the United States on 2 June 1894, granddaughter of pioneer resident Alexander Calder, she worked as a teacher at the Knowles School for Boys (1939-1955) and I. L. Peretz School (1963-1964), and in 1956 was elected a life member of the Manitoba Educational Association. She wrote short stories for publication, one of which was “Song of Bohemia” (circa 1932), and skits. Active in the Canadian Writers’ Club, she was President of the Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Women’s Press Club (1940-1941, 1959-1960). She died unmarried at the Misericordia Hospital on 27 June 1989 and was buried with her grandparents in the Elmwood Cemetery.


1901, 1906, and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

“Personal [Mrs. Alex. Calder],” Manitoba Free Press, 29 May 1907, page 11.

“Venerable Winnipegger receives felicitations,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1930, page 4.

“Alexander Calder, 90 today, says hard times now do not compare with those of 1883,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 April 1932, page 3.

“Alberta writer wins Canadian Club prize, Winnipegger honoured,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1932, page 4.

“In honor of Mrs. A. V. Thomas [...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 May 1932, page 10.

“Woman author is speaker at Writers’ meeting,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 November 1937, page 28.

“Writers’ Club discusses two stories at meeting,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 February 1938, page 10.

“Writers discuss stories at meeting,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 May 1938, page 9.

“Air prairie people home-conscious?” by Eva Calder, Winnipeg Tribune, 23 July 1938, page 7.

“A central meeting of the Book Group Guild,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1940, page 7.

“Women’s Press Club elects Miss Eva Calder President,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 May 1940, page 8.

“Women’s Press club names Miss Amy Roe President,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 May 1941, page 9.

“On the air [Eva Calder, teacher at Knowles School],” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 February 1943, page 2.

“Present executive of Women’s Press Club will remain till Fall,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 April 1948, page 15.

“First time in 40 years, no resolutions offered,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1956, page 13.

“Press Club holds dinner,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1957, page 17.

“Miss Eva Calder,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 1959, page 16.

“Women of Press choose officers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1960, page 20.

“A special day for a special school,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 May 1964, page 9.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1989, page 55.

Winnipeg estate file PR89-01-17100, Eva (Ethel) May Calder, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 May 2019

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