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Memorable Manitobans: Ella Bryson Cumming (1899-1985)


Born at Belmont, Manitoba on 14 April 1899, daughter of William Cumming (1861-1938) and Margaret Bryson Campbell (1860-1924), she attended the Brandon Normal School then began a teaching career at the age of 19, at the one-room Victory School near Altamont. Through the 1920s and 1930s, she taught at Gladstone, Holland, and Elgin, and was Principal at Dand School (1930-1933) and Decker School (1933-1937). In 1937, she moved to Winnipeg to work for the Manitoba Department of Education and own a ladies’ dress shop, remaining there until 1944 when, on 3 February, she married Charles E. Madsen. In 1945, she and her husband returned to rural Manitoba, farming first at Regent for three years then at Carroll for eight years. They moved to Neepawa in 1956 where she resumed teaching, working until retirement in 1964. She died at Neepawa on 28 April 1985 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 7 May 1985, page 18.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 March 2013

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