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Memorable Manitobans: Ethel Margaret Gillespie (1885-1970)


Born in Manitoba on 18 July 1885, the daughter of James Gillespie (1844-?) and Mary Rebecca Gillespie (1852-1932), she grew up in Winnipeg and attended South Central School, Aberdeen School, and Central Normal School, earning her first and second class certificates in 1903. She taught at Grassmere School (1904) before joining the staff of the Winnipeg School Board in July 1906. She taught (1907-1914) and was Principal (1914-1915) of Albert School, then continuing her career in the classroom at Isaac Brock School (1915-1916), Carlton School (1916-1920), Alexandra School (1921-1927), and Machray School (1927-1946) before retiring. She was a member of the Knox United Church and a charter member of the Genevieve Irwin Unit. She died at her Winnipeg home, Suite 6 - 193 Furby Street, on 28 February 1970.


1901 & 1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Honor roll,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 30 June 1892, page 4.

“And now for the holidays,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 29 June 1894, page 4.

“A list of promotions,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 30 June 1896, page 5.

“Results of recent exams,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 30 July 1903, page 1.

“Advisory Board passes few appeals,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 1 October 1903, page 2.

“Opening of the Normal School,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 16 August 1904, page 11.

“[Miss Gillespie [...] Grassmere school],” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 18 January 1904, page 5.

“Heating for the schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 July 1906, page 8.

“Mrs. J. Gillespie, old-time resident of Winnipeg, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 September 1932, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 March 1970, page 26.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 29 September 2015

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