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Memorable Manitobans: Rosie Lena Collins “Rose” Lang (1883-1944)


Born at Emerson on 20 March 1883, daughter of John Wesley Collins (c1849-1927) and Emily Jane Frazer (c1852-1930), she married widower William S. Lang (1862-1941) at Emerson on 12 August 1908. The couple had a daughter, Florence Beatrice Lang (1910-?, wife of Alexander Robertson “Alex” Milne). They farmed in the Rural Municipality of Wallace until moving to Winnipeg in 1912, living at 202 Evanson Street for many years, later moving to 1479 Wellington Crescent. She joined the staff of the Winnipeg School Board as Principal of Knowles School (1917) and teacher at Aberdeen School (1918-1939). She retired in July 1939. She was a member of St. James Ladies Lawn Bowling Club and Westminster United Church. She died at her daughter’s Winnipeg home, 548 Banning Street, on 11 September 1944 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.


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

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1891 & 1901 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Knowles boys at Fort Garry,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 May 1917, page 5.

Obituary [John Wesley Collins], Manitoba Free Press, 11 August 1927, page 17.

“Lang - Freeman,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 September 1929, page 9.

Obituary [Emily Jane Collins], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1930, page 3.

[Photo caption, Miss Florence Lang], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 August 1930, page 7.

“Aberdeen School honors memory of A. E. Hearn,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1939, page 20.

“Evening ceremony is arranged for Milne - Lang nuptials,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 May 1940, page 9.

“Virden pioneer marks birthday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 November 1940, page 21.

[Photo caption, William S. Lang], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 1940, page 9.

Obituary [William S. Lang], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1941, page 2.

“Mrs. W. S. Lang, former city school teacher, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 September 1944, page 2.

Winnipeg estate file #33273, Rose L. Lang, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [William Henry Lincoln], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1981, page 40.

Obituary [Alexander Robertson Milne], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 October 1988, page 55.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 April 2016

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