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Memorable Manitobans: Marjorie Lovering Forrester (1900-1983)

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Born at Emerson, Manitoba on 4 November 1900, daughter of James Lovering and Emily Gilbert, the family moved to a farm near Dominion City in 1905 where she attended school. She later attended Brandon Normal School and taught school prior to her marriage on 18 December 1924, to Willo Sterritt Forrester. They had five children: William, James, Jean, Leslie, and Ruth.

In the 1950s she made Manitoba history a hobby. In 1957, she received a travel grant from the University of Manitoba to do research at the national archives in Ottawa, and at the British archives in London, on the Canada-US Boundary Commission. She had articles published in The Beaver, Manitoba Pageant, and the MHS Transactions. In 1974 she received a Pioneer Historian Award from the Red River Historical Society “for distinguished service in the preserving of the heritage of the valley”. She served on the Council of the Manitoba Historical Society and, in 1970, received its Manitoba Centennial Medal.

She died at Altona on 24 June 1983 and was buried in the Emerson Cemetery.

Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

The Rise and Fall of Emerson
Manitoba Pageant, April 1957

Markers on the Forty-Ninth
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1959-60 Season

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1983, page 57.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 August 2010

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