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Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Martin “Archie” McNicholl (1907-1977)


Born in Peel County, Ontario on 30 April 1907, son of William G. McNicholl (1877-?) and Mary Jennie Martin (1881-?), he accompanied his family to Manitoba by 1911 and grew up in Winnipeg. He attained BA and MEd degrees from the University of Manitoba and taught in rural and urban Manitoba. On 3 November 1941, he married fellow teacher Lovisa Gudrun Sigridur “Lou” Bergson (c1908-1992) at her parents’ Banning Street residence and they had two children: Martin Keli McNicholl and Sigrid Louise McNicholl (wife of Mr. Zueff). During the Second World War, he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and was posted overseas as an Education Officer attached to the Royal Air Force. His teaching career included tenure at Chapman School (1947-1953; Principal 1952-1953), Ralph Brown School (1953-1954), and Charleswood Collegiate (1956-1962) before retiring in 1971. He was a member of the Mentors’ Club, as well as the First Lutheran Church, serving four years as Secretary for the Board of Trustees, a Sunday School teacher of 20 years, and Superintendent of Sunday School. He died at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg on 13 January 1977 and was buried in the Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Lovisa Bergson beomes bride of Airman,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1941, page 8.

“Little son chirstened in Lutheran Church, ” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 June 1946, page 11.

“Reception follows daughter’s christening, ” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 June 1949, page 11.

Obituary [Rafnkell “Keli” Bergson], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1970, page 30.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1977, page 50.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 September 2019

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