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Memorable Manitobans: Eva Calverley (1895-1988)

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Eva Calverley
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Educator, historian.

Born on a farm in the Rural Municipality of Oakland on 6 October 1895, daughter of Isabella Jane Overend (1872-1955) and Charles Calverley (1863-1955), she attended high school at Orillia, Ontario (c1911-1913), graduated from the Brandon College (BA, 1922), and attended classes at the Success Business School (1933) in Winnipeg. She became a rural school teacher and served as the Principal of Ninette School (1917), Fisher River School (1921), Bethany School (1923-1924), Brookdale School (1924-1925), and Oakville School (1926-1927), and taught at Sanford School (1925-1926). Within the Winnipeg School District, she worked at Lord Nelson School (1929-1931), Faraday School (1931-1932), Ralph Brown School (1932-1935), and Strathcona School (1935-1944). Around 1944, she returned to rural Manitoba, including teaching at Belmont School (1954-1955), before retiring to Ninette by the 1960s. It was there she wrote a memoir about the early pioneers of the area entitled And So ... Ninette, 1879-1919. She died on 9 March 1988 and was buried in the Ninette Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Ninette locals,” Belmont News, 22 August 1912, page 18.

“Ninette locals,” Belmont News, 3 August 1916, page 13.

“College students busy next week members graduating class to fore nineteen graduates this year,” Brandon Daily Sun, 20 May 1922, page 2.

““Success” standards and environment attract,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 August 1933, page 5.

“Trustees of Belmont School hold meeting,” Belmont News, 17 June 1954, page 1.

And So ... Ninette, 1879-1919 by Eva Calverley, circa 1966.

Obituary [Edna Pearl Thiessen], Brandon Sun, 6 November 1984, page 5.

“20 years ago,” Baldur Gazette, 19 March 2008, page 6.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 November 2019

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