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Memorable Manitobans: Elta Horn Atkins Borrowman Larson (1901-1993)


Born at Great Village, Colchester County, Nova Scotia on 23 January 1901, daughter of Maggie Campbell Hayman (1861-1920) and John Atkins (1861-1937), she moved with her family to the Rural Municipality of Pembina, at Township 3, Range 9 West by 1911, and later to a farmstead at Township 4, Range 9W (1916). On 22 January 1919, she married James Borrowman (1888-1942, remarried in 1934 to Dorothy Marie Beatty) in Pembina. The couple had a daughter, Dorothy Isobel Borrowman (1921-1972, widow of Gervase Edward Black, remarried to William Fuller) and moved to Young, Saskatchewan around 1921. They divorced some time prior to December 1934, by which she had returned to Manitoba and worked as teacher (1934-1940) and Principal (1936-1940) of Green Bay School. In 1942, she married Arvid Reid Larson (1901-1985), taught in the the Old Kildonan School District No. 2102 at River School (1942-1944), as well as later working at St. Ouens North School (1950-1952) and was Principal of Whitemouth School (1956-1959) and Tyndall School (1959-1960). She graduated from the University of Manitoba (BA 1963) and continued teaching at Riverton Collegiate Institute (1968-1969). She resided at St. Ouens and Beausejour, the latter where she was Vice-President of the Beausejour Business Women’s Club (1959-?). She died at the Beausejour Hospital on 22 June 1993 and was buried in the Beausejour Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Nova Scotia Vital Statistics.

Birth [Arvid Reid Larson], marriage, & death registrations [Maggie C. Atkins & James Borrowman], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Borrowman - Beatty,” Star-Phoenix [Saskatoon, Saskatchewan], 20 December 1934, page 8.

“Mr. and Mrs. James Borrowman [...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 December 1940, page 8.

“J. Borrowman dies Sunday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 November 1942, page 3.

“Tpr. Gervase E. Black,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1944, page 11.

“Beausejour Bunsiness Women's Club receives charter,” Springfield Leader, 1 November 1959, page 1.

“Number of grads doubles in 10 years [Bachelor of Arts (General Course)],” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 May 1964, page 30.

“Evergreen School Div. announces extension of services and projects [Staff list 1968-1969, Riverton Collegiate Institute],” Arborg Lake Centre News, 30 August 1968, page 8.

Obituary [Dorothy Isobel Fuller], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 Aaugust 1972, page 38.

Obituary [Sadie Phyllis Walker], ” Brandon Sun, 17 February 1982, page 8.

Obituary [Arvid Reid Larson], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1985, page 37.

“Auction sales [moving away auction sale for Mrs. Elta Larson ...],” Selkirk Journal 18 September 1985, page 28.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1993, page C7.

Anderson family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 August 2020

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