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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.

Sources:

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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