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Memorable Manitobans: Louis Erwin “Lewis” Gendron (1896-1973)


Born at Frontenac, Ontario on 30 (20?) September 1896, son of John Joseph Gendron (1861-1947) and Rachel Clarke (1862-1934), he grew up in Ontario and took teacher training via summer school in Manitoba, later earning a BA degree from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Spruce View School (Fall 1924) and was Principal of Stockton School (1924-1925), Mowat School (1926), Wilson River School (?-1928), Ochre River School (1928-1931), and Dominion City School (1933-1934). He next moved to Transcona where, between circa 1937 and 1949, he taught collegiate grades at Central School before being the Principal at Charleswood School (1949-1950). He was active in the Manitoba Teachers’ Society as Secretary Treasurer (1938-1939, a member of the Executive (1945-1946) of the Transcona local and President (?-1940) of the Suburban Composite Local, as well as serving as President (c1948) of the Red River Valley Teachers’ Association. He was also involved with the Native Sons of Canada, serving as the organizations National Secretary while living at Winnipeg during the 1950s. On 6 July 1928, he married May Elizabeth Sholdice (?-?) in the Rural Municipality of Roblin and they had two children: Arthur Gendron and Jean Gendron. He died at Arden, Ontario in 1973.


1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Ontario Roman Catholic birth registrations, Ancestry.

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Results of Summer School examinations are issued [First Year Algebra, Grade XII],” Manitoba Free Press, 20 August 1926, page 18.

“The local round [L. E. Gendron],” Dauphin Herald and Press, 24 May 1928, page 10.

“Collegiate show in Transcona wins warm approval,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 1937, page 34.

“Teachers’ officers,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 20 April 1938, page 2.

“Teachers’ local in annual meet,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 March 1940, page 3.

“Manitoba teachers are told grave social problems loom,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 1945, page 3.

“S. Quelch heads Transcona teachers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1945, page 4.

“Transcona news,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1946, page 14.

“Teachers told first duty welfare of their pupils,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 October 1948, page 3.

“Transcona notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1948, page 20.

“Charleswood children back to school Monday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1949, page 3.

“A. Paul, national historian of the Native Sons of Canada [...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 August 1950, page 12.

“Nationhood under the Maple Leaf,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 July 1956, page 15.

Stein family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 November 2019

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