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Memorable Manitobans: Emma Irene Steen Fyles (1899-1985)


Born at Carberry on 1 February 1899, daughter of William C. Steen (1849-1936) and Ann Jane “Annie” Irwin (1858-?), she taught in rural and urban Manitoba. She was Principal of Westfield School (1918-1919) before joining the Winnipeg School Division and teaching at Lord Roberts School (1921-1924). She resigned her position and, on 15 July 1924 at Carberry, married William Astley Tearle Fyles. They had three children: Elizabeth “Betty” Fyles (wife of Ralph Mitchell Jell), Dr. T. William Fyles, and John Manning “Jack” Fyles (1931-1982). She died at the Health Sciences Centre on 3 October 1985.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Accepted resignations of several teachers,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 July 1924, page 7.

Obituary [William C. Steen], Winnipeg Tribune, 4 July 1936, page 6.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1985, page 40.

Winnipeg estate file PR85-01-03177, Emma Irene Fyles, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 July 2017

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