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Memorable Manitobans: Edgar Kenny Marshall (c1876-1956)

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Edgar Kenny Marshall
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Born in Scotland around 1876, he came to Manitoba in the 1890s and taught at Arbroath School (?-?), South Rossendale School (?-?), Fairmount School (?-?), Sidney School (1901-1905), and Portage Collegiate Institute (c1908-c1919) before moving to Winnipeg where he taught at Elmwood School (1924-1925). In July 1918, he attended the founding meeting of the Manitoba Teachers’ Federation, which he later served as President (1921-1922), General Secretary (1922-1945), and Bulletin Editor.

He was a member of the advisory board for the Manitoba Department of Education, and was a member of Manitoba Educational Association (President, 1924-1925). He collaborated with William Arthur Cowperthwaite to compile a two-volume anthology of English verse called Treasury of Verse. He was a member of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, St. Andrew’s Society, and Rotary Club, and was an elder of Westminster United Church.

On 18 December 1901, he married Agnes Crawford Culbert (1879-1964) in the RM of South Norfolk and they had four children: Edgar Culbert Marshall (1908-1982), Wilma Jean Kenny Marshall (1911-?, wife of James Gordon Fyfe), Margaret Elizabeth Marshall (1914-?, wife of Ralph Pilkington), and David Crawford Marshall (1919-?).

He died at Winnipeg on 22 December 1956 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“E. K. Marshall dies, was active in educational field,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 1956, page 22.

The History of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society by Haraldur Victor Vidal, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1958.

Obituary [Agnes Crawford Marshall], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 1964, page 29.

Rossendale Through the Years, 1982. [Copy at Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.R685Ros]

Obituary [Edgar Culbert Marshall], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1982, page 64.

We thank Mireille Theriault (Manitoba Teachers’ Society) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 January 2021

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