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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Rose Elson Calrow (1913-1998)


Born near Paris, Ontario on 20 February 1913, the oldest of ten children of James and Emily Elson, she attended the Anglican Women’s Training College at Toronto and, following graduation, worked in church-operated residential schools in northern Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. In 1941, she married Eric Calrow (?-1961) and they continued to work in residential schools until the late 1940s. After a short time spent in England and southern Ontario, they came to Manitoba and taught at Lavenham School then, in 1951, at Red Rose School. From 1956 to 1957, she attended the Manitoba Normal School to become a fully qualified teacher. In the fall of 1957, she and her family moved to the Lake St. Martin First Nation and, the following year, to the Little Saskatchewan First Nation where she served as School Principal for 20 years. She retired to Ashern, Manitoba in 1978 and died there on 7 January 1998. She was buried in the Gypsumville Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 January 1998, page B4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 September 2013

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