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Memorable Manitobans: Jessie Isabel Grant McDermott (1870-1950)

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Jessie McDermott
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Teacher, community activist.

Born at Blyth, Ontario on 10 June 1870, one of eleven children of Hugh Grant and Ann Ross, the family moved to Manitoba in 1871 and took up a farm near Burnside. She was educated locally then completed high school in Portage la Prairie. She attended Normal School in Winnipeg then, in 1886 at the age of 16, she had her first teaching job in a rural school near Dundonald, Manitoba.

In 1900, she married farmer Robert McDermott and they had three children: Winifred McDermott (b 1904), Frances Isabel McDermott (b 1907), and Hugh McDermott (b 1913). She was active in community affairs.

She died on 1 November 1950 and was buried in Burnside Cemetery.

See also:

Three Manitoba Pioneer Women: A Legacy of Servant-Leadership by Carolyn Crippen
Manitoba History, Number 53, October 2006.

Sources:

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 June 2012

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