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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Jane “Evelyn” Corbett (1882-1955)


Born near Springfield, Manitoba on 17 April 1882, daughter of William Henry Corbett and Jane Wright (1854-1901), she joined the teaching staff of the Martin School District in 1906 but, within a month, it merged with the Winnipeg School Board. She was Principal of the two primary classrooms left in Elmwood from 1909 to 1929. She was appointed Principal of the new Glenwood School when it opened in 1929, remaining there until retirement in 1944 when she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. She died at Regina, Saskatchewan on 23 January 1955 and was buried in Sunnyside Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1881 & 1901 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

“Ex-Glenelm School principal dies in B.C.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1955, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 6 June 2015

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