Memorable Manitobans: Clara Bain Dickson Hughes (1879-1964)
Educator, community activist.
Born at Montreal, Quebec on 15 March 1879, daughter of Jane Fergusson (c1847-?) and Ellis Dickson (1837-?, re-married to Marguerite Dickson), she moved to West Kildonan and was the Principal of Seven Oaks School (1907-1908) after which she taught at Victoria School (1909-1910). On 3 August 1910, she married Fitz-Herbert Hughes (1883-1959) at Winnipeg and had one son, Fitz-Herbert Dickson Hughes (1913-1974). She involved herself with many social, church, community-based groups and charitable initiatives, and was President of the Wesley Women’s Association (1927), the Christian Women’s Union (1940-1944), and a member of St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church. She died at a nursing home in Brandon on 1 February 1964.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1881 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
1901 & 1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Clubdom,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 October 1937, page 23.
Engagement notice [Fitz-Herbert Dickson Hughes], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1941, page 12.
“Plenty of shopping is entailed for Middlechurch Old Folks,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 October 1944, page 10.
“Problem of Old Folks Home discussed at board meeting,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1945, page 10.
“Fitz-Herbert Hughes festival founder, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 January 1959, page 26.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1964, page 32.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 1964, page 21.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #468/64 - Clara B. Hughes, GR4901, Archives of Manitoba.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
We thank Kathleen Dickson for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 22 November 2022