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Memorable Manitobans: Ruth Ardell Bradley Land (1906-1988)


Born at Portage la Prairie on 12 May 1906, daughter of Locke Amsden Bradley (1864-1929) and Jane Elizabeth Floyd (1865-?), she grew up and attended school in the Prospect School District and Portage la Prairie, as well as Wesley College, Central Normal School, and the Toronto Conservatory of Music, graduating with a First Class Teaching Certificate and Grade 8 Piano. Her teaching career began in 1925, working at Euclid School, Culross School, North Plympton School (1929-1930, Principal), and Tilston School (1930-1931, 1968-1970). On 20 October 1932, she married Benn Cooper Land (?-1966) at her parents Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie residence and they had four children. She was active in her community, teaching Sunday School, working for the Red Cross, founding a 4-H Garden Club, and being a correspondent for the Reston Recorder and Melita New Era. She briefly returned to public school teaching before retiring to Winnipeg in 1970. She was a member of the Atlantic-Garden City United Church and continued in educational pursuits, attending classes at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. She died at the Victoria Hospital on 10 February 1988 and her cremains were buried in the Tilston Cemetery.


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

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Sand [sic] - Bradley & Williamson - Bradley,”, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1988, page 48.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1988, page 48.

Obituary [Marian Elizabeth Land], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1992, page B24.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 December 2017

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