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Memorable Manitobans: Norman Horatio Carwell (1877-?)


Born at York, Ontario on 7 November 1877, son of James Lang Carwell (c1843-1910) and Kate Ann Bentley (1844-1929), he accompanied his parents to Manitoba by 1881 and grew up on the family homestead on the east half of 34-6-12W near Cypress River. He lived in the Cypress River area into the late 1890s and graduated from Welsey College (BA 1899) and Normal School (First Class teaching certificate, 1899) at Regina, Saskatchewan. His teaching career included work as Principal of Oakwood School (1900-1901). In December 1901, he enlisted at Virden for military service in the South African War [Boer War] with the Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Regiment). After hostilities ended, he married and had at least one child: Audrey Louisa Carwell (1914-1983). He later died at Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.


Ontario birth registrations, Ancestry.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1881 & 1891 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

Western Land Grants, Library and Archives Canada.

South African War Service Files, Medals, and Land Applications, Library and Archives Canada.

“Pedagogical profession,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 7 July 1892, page 3.

“City and General [Mr. N. H. Carwell],” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 14 June 1897, page 10.

“Examination results [Degrees - B.A. - Wesley College],” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 2 June 1899, page 4.

“The Normal Class,” The Leader [Regina], 7 September 1899, page 1.

“Local & district [Norman Carwell],” Western Sun [Brandon], 7 September 1899, page 15.

“City & General [Mr. N. H. Carwell],” Manitoba Free Press, 29 December 1900, page 16.

“Local and Personal,” Vox Wesleyana, January 1901, Volume 5 - Issue 4. [University of Winnipeg Archives]

“Local and Personal,” Vox Wesleyana, March 1903, Volume 7 - Issue 6. [University of Winnipeg Archives]

Portage la Prairie estate file #3650, James Lang Carwell, Archives of Manitoba.

Opperman family tree, Ancestry

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 December 2018

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