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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Leitch McColl (1880-1954)


Born at Eagle, Ontario on 18 December 1880, daughter of Ella Mongomary Beebe (1854-1909) and Ebenezer McColl, her family moved to Winnipeg in her infant years. She attended South Central School / Carlton School and Mulvey School, graduated from Manitoba College (1902, BA), and attended teacher training at Central Normal School (c1902-1904) en route to attaining her First Class teaching certificate (1904). She taught in Norwood and St. Boniface, at St. Joseph’s Academy (1906-1908, 1911), Tache School (1909, 1912-1924; Acting Principal 1919, where she also taught with her sister Flora), and Norwood Collegiate (?-1933) before retiring in 1933. She was a member of the Women’s Canadian Club and resided with her mother and siblings at 178 Langside Street (c1904-1954). She died unmarried at the Misericordia General Hospital on 28 April 1954 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations [Flora Ella McColl], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

“The good students [Carlton School],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 25 December 1890, page 2.

“[Mulvey School],” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 30 June 1892, page 4.

“Promotions [South Central School],” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 30 June 1893, page 5.

“And now for the holidays [Mulvey School],” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 29 June 1894, page 4.

“Manitoba College lists,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 29 December 1899, page 3.

“Previous ...],” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 8 June 1900, page 2 & 3.

“University examinations [Degrees - BA],” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 16 May 1902, page 3.

“Normal School sessions opened,” Manitoba Free Press, 19 August 1903, page 12.

“Successful in examinations [First Class],” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 3 August 1904, page 2.

“Teacher in St. Boniface quits,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 August 1919, page 9.

“Norwood teachers ask new salary schedule,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 October 1919, page 2.

“Clubs,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 31 May 1923, page 7.

Death notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 30 April 1954, page 29.

“Retired school teacher, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 1954, page 36.

McColl’s Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

School records collection, St. Joseph’s Academy Daily Registers, Le Centre du patrimoine of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 August 2019

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