Memorable Manitobans: William Dakin (c1873-?)
Born at Nova Scotia around 1873, son of George Dakin (1849-?) and Margaret Dakin (1847-?), he came to Manitoba and taught in rural schools. He was the Principal of Wawanesa School (1913-1917) and Souris School (1917-1920), and served on the executive of the Western Manitoba Teachers Association (1917). During the 1920 Christmas break, he moved to British Columbia where he was the Principal of Revelstoke High School from January to March of 1921. There, three months into his tenure, law enforcement caught up with him and he was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued by the Manitoba Provincial Police. He was returned to Manitoba, tried before Magistrate Alexander Cumming Fraser, convicted of assault (that took place at Souris during the Christmas break), and sentenced to six months of imprisonment in the Provincial Jail. His later whereabouts are unknown.
1881 & 1916 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“Canadians respond call for sacrifices,” Brandon Daily Sun, 20 October 1917, page 2.
“Manitoba teachers are in convention,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 October 1920, page 33.
“Sport notes,” Brandon Daily Sun, 16 November 1920, page 14.
“Former Souris School teacher arrested at Revelstoke by police,” Brandon Daily Sun, 4 March 1921, page 7.
“Dakin was sentenced to serve six months,” Brandon Daily Sun, 15 March 1921, page 1.Error processing SSI file
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