Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 143 years

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 (b 1909), Kenneth John Duncan (b 1912), and Neil Duncan. He died at Winnipeg on 25 July 1938 and was buried in Hillside Cemetery at Portage la Prairie.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Swan River School No. 1047 (1900-1976)


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Development of Education in Swan River Valley by J. N. R. Clark, MEd thesis, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, 1949.

“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: 24 July 2014

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Send corrections and additions to this page
to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Help us keep
history alive!

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2022 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.