Memorable Manitobans: Octavius T. Gamey (1877-1963)
Born in Osprey County, Ontario on 6 August 1877, he came to Manitoba around 1893 and taught at Rosemount School (?-?) and Ravens Glen School (1898). He later served as the Principal of Boissevain School (1904-1906). On 25 June 1915, he married Viola May McDonagh (c1890-1920) of Brandon and taught there until 1917 when, due to ill health, he took up farming so he would be out of doors. They moved to a farm two miles east of Strathclair where their first son, Gordon Crawford Gamey (1918-2001) was born. His wife died due to the flu pandemic shortly after the birth of their second son, Kenneth Alexander Gamey (1920-?).
In 1924, he returned to teaching at Strathclair School until retirement in 1947, most of the time serving as Principal. He farmed concurrently with teaching until 1935. That year, he married Jean McDonald (?-?) of Strathclair.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Foot Prints & Chalk Dust by Cardale Reunion Book Committee, circa 1981.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 1963, page 32.
Our Story to 1984 by RM of Strathclair Centennial History Committee, 1984, page 277.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 November 2021