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Memorable Manitobans: Earl Innes Fritch (1891-1983)


Born at Detroit, Michigan in 1891, he grew up in the Valley City district of North Dakota and became a teacher, working at and near Rousseau, North Dakota. He later moved to Winnipeg and taught in the West Kildonan School District No. 8, serving as Principal of Governor Semple School (c1919-1929) and Victory School (1929-1935). He was President of the West Kildonan branch of the Manitoba Teachers Federation.

On 22 December 1915, he married Vida Caroline Huffman (?-1985) at Winnipeg and they had three children: Margaret June Fritch (1916-1968, wife of Elmer L. Axford), Mary Louise Fritch (?-1968, wife of Bruce Empey), and Robert Earl Fritch (?-1975). They moved from their 191 Polson Street residence to become Resident Manager of the Westholme Apartments at 729 Wellington Crescent, later retiring to 1204-505 Rouge Road. He was a life member and Past Master of the King Edward Masonic Lodge, and was active in local bridge circles.

He died at Winnipeg on 3 May 1983 and donated his body to medical science, after which he was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


“Want Winnipeg salaries’ schedule,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 October 1919, page 5.

“Social and personal,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 June 1931, page 10.

“Among the local bridge players,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 December 1940, page 10.

Obituary [Margaret June Fritch Axford], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1968, page 29.

Obituary [Robert Earl Fritch], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 1975, page 42.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 1983, page 42.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Brookside Cemetery Index, City of Winnipeg.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 December 2014

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