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Memorable Manitobans: Elwood A. Garratt (1859-1950)

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Elwood A. Garratt
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Born in Prince Edward County, Ontario on 6 April 1859, son of Richard and Mary Jane Garratt, he attended village schools at Stockdale and Haliburton then taught school in Ontario for five years before receiving formal teaching credentials from the Ottawa Normal School. He came to Winnipeg in 1880, received a second-class teaching certificate, and began teaching in local schools the next year.

In 1886, he was made Principal of the Central School for Girls (Albert School) and, the following year, became science master of the Winnipeg Collegiate Institute. He succeeded F. H. Schofield as Principal of the school in September 1909. He was promoted to Principal of the Kelvin Technical High School in September 1912, staying there two years before returning to the Winnipeg Collegiate where he remained until retirement in 1920. He then moved to Toronto, Ontario where he edited the magazine The Canadian Friend. He served as President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1912-1913).

On 3 January 1882, he married Elizabeth C. Oliver (?-?) of Prince Albert, Ontario and they had one son, Harold Roy Garratt (1890-?).

He died at Toronto, Ontario on 16 April 1950.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Ontario birth records, Ancestry.

“Duncan chosen to assist M’Intyre,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 September 1912, page 28.

“Graduating exercises at city high schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1920, page 4.

“Ex-students of collegiate to honour former principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1931, page 14.

“A poem by E. A. Garratt,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1934, page 2.

“Garratt to be honored at luncheon on Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1943, page 6.

“Former principal here, Elwood A. Garratt dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 1950, page 9.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 April 2020

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