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Memorable Manitobans: William James Henderson (1876-1945)

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William James Henderson
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Educator, school inspector.

Born in Grey County, Ontario in February 1876, he came to the Gilbert Plains area of Manitoba in 1901. He was Principal of the Minitonas School (1909-1913) then moved to Dauphin where he was Principal of public schools until 1942. In January 1943, he was appointed an Acting School Inspector, filling a vacancy created when other inspectors enlisted for military service. In 1905, he married Eva Macdonald (1886-1959) of Gilbert Plains and they had four children: Walter Henry Henderson (1907-?), Jean Harriet Henderson (1911-?), Lillian G. Henderson (1915-?), and Irene Henderson (?-?). He was a member of the Dauphin United Church, Dauphin Agricultural Society, and Dauphin Elks. He died at Dauphin on 3 March 1945 and was buried in the Dauphin Cemetery. He is commemorated by Henderson School in Dauphin.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The Development of Education in Swan River Valley by J. N. R. Clark, MEd thesis, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, 1949.

“W. J. Henderson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 1945, page 4.

“W. J. Henderson dies after lengthy illness,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 8 March 1945, page 1.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 August 2019

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