Memorable Manitobans: Florence Ada Harris (1903-1983)
Born at Selkirk on 19 March 1903, daughter of Nina May Harding (1873-1926) and Percy Dewart Harris, she moved with her family to Winnipeg in 1906 and was educated locally. She received an MA degree in Latin and English from the University of Manitoba. She taught at Lord Roberts School (1928-1929), Lord Selkirk School (1929-1942), and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (1945-1962), being at the latter the head of the English Department for ten years.
After early retirement due to ill health, she wrote several English textbooks for grades seven, eight, and ten: The Art of Poetry (1965), Read Think and Write (1965), The Art of Poetry Teachers Manual (1966), Packet of Prose (1967) and Packet of Prose Illustrated (1972). The books were widely used in Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick. In recognition of her service, she received the Centennial Medal (1967).
She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 10 February 1983.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1983, page 61.
We thank Evelyn Ward de Roo for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 April 2021