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Memorable Manitobans: David Iverach (1871-1946)

Educator, cleric.

Born at Halkirk, Caithness, Scotland on 8 September 1871, he came to Canada and taught at Greenwood School (1892) and was Principal of the Dominion City School (1899-1901) and Birtle Indian Residential School (1913-1916). In 1916, he went to Rossburn as cleric of the Presbyterian Church there, serving until 1917. He then returned to education as the Principal of Oakburn School (1917-1918), Strathclair School (1918-1923), and Melita School (1923-1924). Starting in 1924, he served successively as minister at Griswold United Church and Clanwilliam United Church then was the Principal at Cromer School (1939-1940). During a teacher shortage after the Second World War, he taught for a time at Garson School and Sandy Lake School (1942).

On 15 March 1905, he married Catherine Mary Esther Matheson (1880-1919) in the RM of Rockwood. They had seven children: Jessie Matheson Iverach (1907-1975, wife of Roy Gunn and a teacher at Headingley School), David Waters Iverach (1909-1979), Isla Margaret Iverach (1910-2001, wife of Philip George Penner), Donald Munro Iverach (1912-1942), Catherine McArthur Iverach (1914-1997, wife of Harold Henry Button), John Iverach (?-?), and Peter Arthur Iverach (1919-1919). His wife and their youngest son died during the 1919 flu pandemic.

He died at Winnipeg on 28 December 1946 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 1946, page 14.

A View of the Birdtail: A History of the Municipality of Birtle, 1878-1974 by Marion Abra, Birtle, 1974, page 169.

Obituary [Jessie Matheson Iverach Gunn], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1975, page 16.

David Iverach, WikiTree.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 May 2021

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