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Memorable Manitobans: Edith Annie Lawrence (1875-1956)


Born at Newbury, Ontario on 4 December 1875, daughter of Arminella Davis (1856-1906) and Jamin Lawrence (1844-1916), she lived at Dresden [Ontario] by 1891 and taught locally prior to 1901. Between then and 1905, she and her family moved to Winnipeg and took up residence at 421 Furby Street. During this period, she may have worked in rural Manitoba classrooms before joining the Winnipeg School District staff in September 1905. She worked at Wellington School (1905-1907; Principal 1906-1907) and Mulvey School (1907-1913). In October 1912, she was appointed to the Department of Dressmaking and Millinery, and within a year transferred to St. John’s Technical High School (1913-1937), teaching there until retirement in June 1937. She was a member of the Knox United Church and Manitoba Teachers’ Society. She died at her Winnipeg residence, Suite 29 - 859 Grosvenor Avenue (Ritz Apartments), on 25 March 1956 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Ontario birth registrations, Ancestry.

Death registrations [Jamin Lawrence], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Need more schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 October 1905,page 8.

“Want compulsory education,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 October 1906, page 9.

“New school building,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 October 1906, page 8.

“School Board will spend a million [Appointments approved],” Manitoba Free Press, 9 October 1912, page 32.

Obituary [Jamin Lawrence], Manitoba Free Press, 2 December 1916, page 5.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #9207 Jamin Lawrence, GR0170, Archives of Manitoba.

“Many changes of teachers of city schools [Retiring teachers],” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 June 1937, page 9.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #52408 Edith A. Lawrence, GR4886, Archives of Manitoba.

“Edith A. Lawrence, retired teacher,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 March 1956, page 2.

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

Bale family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 October 2020

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