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Memorable Manitobans: Eleanor Bell Garwood “Nellie” McDowell (1891-1974)


Born at Winnipeg on 17 September 1891, the eldest of nine children of Harry Russell Garwood (1864-1934) and Sarah Annie Hunter (1867-1926), she attended Wellington School, Isbister School, Somerset School, and the Central Normal School. After graduation, she began teaching for the Winnipeg School Board, where she taught (1910-1912, 1913-1915) and was Principal of Albert School (1912-1913), followed by tenure at Somerset School (1915-1920). On 5 November 1921, she married Harry McDowell (c1892-1973) at Winnipeg. The couple who had two sons: Harry Russell McDowell and James William McDowell. They moved to the Sanford area where she resided for the rest of her life and was a member of the Ferndale United Church. She died in Winnipeg on 12 April 1974 and was buried in the St. Vital Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“The pupils promoted [Wellington School],” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 June 1899, page 5.

“[Isbister School],” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 June 1901, page 6.

“The pupils advanced [Somerset School],” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 June 1902, page 5.

“Many pupils pass [Somerset School],” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 June 1903, page 3.

“Examination of teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 July 1906, page 15.

“Garwood - Bartley,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 July 1933, page 5.

“St. Vital home is ravaged by flames [Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Garwood],” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1933, page 1.

“Harry Garwood, veteran printer, dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1934, page 3.

“Harry Garwood, Free Press staff, succumbs Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1934, page 13.

“McDowell - Wurmnest,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 June 1945, page 11.

“McDowell - Brown wedding event at Wasagaming,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1952, page 15.

Obituary [Harry McDowell], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1973, page 33.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1974, page 33.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 October 2016

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