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Memorable Manitobans: Ruth Alma Watson Emisch (?-2018)


Born on a farm in the RM of Westbourne, she attended Deseronto School, Plumas School (1939-1940), and Gladstone School (1940-1941). After attending the Central Normal School (1941) and Gimli (1942), she began a long teaching career. She taught at Ivanhoe School (1942-1944). In 1944, she married Jake Emisch (1914-1995) and they had three children, including Penny Emisch Ham. To support her family, she returned to teaching in 1953, working at Mill Creek School (1953), Hazel Glen School (1953-1955), Palestine School (1955-1957), Gladstone School (1957-1958), West Tupper School (1958-1962), Pembroke School (1962-1963), Riverside Hutterite Colony School (1963-1965), Winchester School (1965-1967), Arden School (1967-1973), Peguis Central School (1973-1975), Minitonas School (1975-1977), and Ste. Rose du Lac School (1977). For a time, she worked as a special education coordinator for the Turtle River School Division and a resource teacher at Altona. She was later an instructor in the Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Program (BUNTEP). In 1993, she published a memoir entitled Over the Rainbow about her teaching career in rural Manitoba schools. She died at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in July 2018 and was buried in the St. Helen’s Cemetery.


Over the Rainbow: Memories of a Country School Teacher by Ruth Emisch, 1993.

Obituary [Jake Emisch], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 1995, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 July 2018

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