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Memorable Manitobans: Ina Margaret Pearson Fraser (1907-1940)


Born at Portage la Prairie on 9 February 1907, the second daughter of Jonus E. Justin “John” Pearson (1874-?) and Matila Rennie (1877-?), she attended local schools. After graduating from Portage Collegiate Institute, she moved to Winnipeg and attended the Central Normal School, following which she taught at Poplar Bluff School for one year. She later returned to Portage la Prairie, where she taught for six years prior to becoming Principal of North Ward School (1934-1940). On 3 July 1939, she married John Andrew Fraser of Bissett at Chalmers Church in Winnipeg. The couple lived at Bissett and had one son. She involved herself with the Red Cross Society and Family Welfare Society, and was a charter member of the Justus Club, holding several offices. She died at Portage la Prairie on 2 August 1940 and was buried at Hillside Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

“Fraser - Pearson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 July 1939, page 9.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 August 1940, page 2.

“Bissett woman dies in Portage,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 August 1940, page 12.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 16 October 2014

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