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Memorable Manitobans: Howard Robert Haines (1891-1974)


Born at Birtle on 14 October 1891, son of John Byron Haines (1846-1930) and Ann Joynt (1853-1917), he taught at Lakeside School (1908) and was Principal of Foxwarren School (1914-1915), Birtle School (1915-1918), and Shoal Lake School (1918-1920) before moving to Killarney as Principal of the Killarney School (1920-1927) then to Dauphin as Principal of MacKenzie School (1927-1928). In 1928, he moved East Kildonan and was Vice-Principal of East Kildonan Collegiate (1928-1942), Principal of Prince Edward School (1942-1954) and Melrose Junior High School (1955-1956), and Superintendent of the East Kildonan School District (1956-1957) after which he retired.

On 12 July 1916, he married Elizabeth Myfamwy James (1893-1964) at Brandon and they had two daughters: Jane Myfamwy Ann Haines (1917-1999, wife of Alex McGuire) and Elizabeth Kathleen “Betty” Haines (1922-2002, wife of Leonard Pateman). He served as President of the Inspectorial Division No. 20 Teachers Association (1937-1938) and the East Kildonan Community Club (1945).

In 1957, he left his Winnipeg residence, 170 Hazel Dell Avenue, for Huntsville, Ontario and died there on 26 December 1974.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“H. R. Haines elected head by teachers at closing session,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1937, page 30.

“East Kildonan in readiness for new community centre,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1945, page 3.

“E. Kildonan teaching staff announced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 September 1953, page 22.

“Haines named E. Kildonan School Superintendent,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1955, page 9.

“The Municipal School district of East Kildonan No. 14,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1957, page 37.

Obituary [Bessie C. Rankin], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1962, page 43.

A View of the Birdtail: A History of the Municipality of Birtle, the Town of Birtle, and the Villages of Foxwarren and Solsgirth 1878-1974. History Committee of the Municipality of Birtle, 1974. Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.B57.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1974, page 28.

Obituary [Jane Myfamwy McGuire], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1999, page 31.

Obituary [Elizabeth Kathleen Pateman], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 2002.

Hendir Hueglin family tree, Ancestry.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 June 2021

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