Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Manitoba History No. 89

No. 89

AGM 2019

Spring Field Trip 2019
Field Trip

Summer Field Trip 2019
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth H. Donaldson “Bessie” Maguet (1912-1997)

Educator, editor.

Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 10 May 1912, she immigrated to Canada with her mother around 1925, following the death of her father. Following disembarking at Montreal, they made their way to Winnipeg where she attended St. Charles Academy and the Central Normal School. She began teaching at Sandridge School (1931-?) before joining the Winnipeg School Division at Lord Nelson School (1933-1939, Elementary Department), Dufferin School (1939-1943), Central Normal School (1943-1944), Aberdeen School (1944-1945, Elementary Department), and Isaac Brock School (1945-46, Elementary Department). She was the Principal of Sir Sam Steele School (1946-1947), Pennarun School (1947-1948), and Makinak School (1956-1957). She was involved with the expansion of the Child Guidance Clinic. Within rural Manitoba schools, in addition to her educator career, she was also a custodian, nurse, and councillor. She completed her teaching career in the St. James School Division, after which she was editor and publisher at Pemican Publications. In 1947, she married farmer Emmanuel Augustin Maguet (1896-1990) and moved to Ste. Rose du Lac. The couple and had three sons. She was President (1954) of the St. Rose du Lac Catholic Women’s League subdivision. For her translation work on Hold High Your Heads, she received the Canada Council Award. She died on 3 November 1997 and her cremains were interred in Ste. Rose du Lac Roman Catholic Cemetery.


“Secularism great scourge of today Portage CWL told,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 1954, page 30.

“Woman’s overreaching ambition defeats itself IODE told at Dauphin,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 October 1956, page 24.

Obituary [Emmanuel Augustin Maguet], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1990, page 49.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1997, page C7.

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

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 October 2014

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.