Memorable Manitobans: John Smith Duncan (1877-1938)
Born at Hastings, Ontario on 5 August 1877, son of John Duncan and Sophia Eliza Scales, he came to Manitoba with his family in the 1880s. He taught at Stonewall School, Grandview School (1909-1915), and Portage la Prairie before coming to Swan River where he served as Principal of the Swan River School from 1917 to shortly before his death in 1938. The facility was later renamed Duncan School in his honour.
On 22 August 1908, he married Jemima Grace Munro (1885-1961) at Westbourne. They had three sons, Conrad Munro Duncan (1909-?), Kenneth John Duncan (1912-?), and Neil Duncan (?-?). He died at Winnipeg on 25 July 1938 and was buried in the Hillside Cemetery at Portage la Prairie.
Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Deaths and funerals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1938, page 16.
Obituary [Grace Duncan], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1961, page 20.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 13 February 2023