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Memorable Manitobans: Catherine Penny Emisch Ham (1946-1993)

Author, historian.

Born at Plumas, daughter of Jake and Ruth Emisch, she graduated from Brandon University in 1966 and taught briefly at Sidney School (1966-1967) and Carberry School. She married Norman Ham and had three children. Over a 26-year period, she wrote columns for the Brandon Sun and other western Canadian newspapers, and she wrote three books: Place Names of Manitoba (1980), The History of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum (1981), and a posthumously published collection of her columns, A Celebration of Rural Manitoba (1993). She died suddenly, at her home at Sidney on 26 August 1993 and was buried in the Carberry Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1993, page 32.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 March 2014

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