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Memorable Manitobans: Anna Margaret Ruth Whitely Garven (1888-1960)


Born at Winnipeg on 6 March 1888, eldest daughter of Thomas Whitely (1844-1914) and Isabella Gemmnell “Isabel” McNichol (1857-1938), she grew up in Township 5 Range 6W (1901) and attended teacher training. She taught at Sharon School (1908-1909, 1910), Utopia School (?-?), and was Principal of Birds Hill School (1912-1914). While at Birds Hill, she met Francis Ernest Garven (1877-1954, son of Aexander B. B. Garvin [Garven]) and married in the Rural Municipality of Thompson on 7 October 1914. By 1926, they adopted a son, Mark Borthwick Garven (c1919-?) and lived in Birds Hill for many years before retiring to Winnipeg. She died at Winnipeg on 20 July 1960 and was buried in the Sunnyside Cemetery.


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

1901 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Winnipeg estate file #7950, Thomas Whitely, Archives of Manitoba.

“Davidson - Whitely,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 18 February 1916, page 6.

“Dance and social given by members of Bird's Hill School District,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 11 December 1934, page 6.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1954, page 19.

Winnipeg estate file #50119, Francis E. Garven, Archives of Manitoba.

Winnipeg estate file #61360, Anna M. R. Garven, Archives of Manitoba.

Moose Nose Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 June 2019

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