Memorable Manitobans: David Bruce Huggins (1879-1955)
Born at Woodstock, Ontario on 27 November 1879, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1889 and lived at Birtle. He taught at Blenheim School (1900), Crewe School (?-?), and Virden School (1906-1907), and served as Principal at Winnipegosis School (?-?), Russell School (1903-1904), Minnedosa South School (1904-1905), and Glenboro School (1907-1910) before moving to Winnipeg in 1911. Following a period on the teaching staff of Kelvin High School, he was appointed Principal of the Collegiate Institute for a year (1920-1921) then moved to Norquay School where he remained until his retirement in 1945.
On 29 December 1909, he married Margaret Jean Hossack (1880-1965). They had a daughter, Donalda Margaret Huggins. One of his hobbies was the management and direction of the Pala Camp at Minaki, Ontario, which he operated for 30 years. He was a member of Westminster United Church, Masons (St. John’s Lodge No. 4), and Granite Curling Club.
He died at Winnipeg on 2 December 1955 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.
“D. B. Huggins, former Norquay principal, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1955, page 42.
Obituary [Margaret Jean MacKay Huggins], Winnipeg Tribune, 19 May 1965.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 August 2022