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Memorable Manitobans: Edna Alexandra Medd (1919-2008)

Nurse, community activist.

Born on 5 April 1919, daughter of Alfred Ernest Medd and Mary Agnes McArthur and granddaughter of Peter MacArthur, at the age of 13, she entered a province-wide contest to name the town on the shore of Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park. She proposed Wasagaming, a Cree word for “clear water,” and won a $50 prize. As an adult, she worked as a nurse in Toronto for many years before returning home to Winnipegosis where she curated the community museum. In 1992, she worked with her sister-in-law Valdene Mae Medd to edit and publish MacArthur Family Letters 1854-1934, a collection of letters exchanged between her grandfather and his brothers. She died on 25 September 2008 and was buried in the Winnipegosis Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Medd House Museum (Winnipegosis)


“Manitobans’ legacy a better province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2016

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