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Memorable Manitobans: William Meldrum (1884-1959)


Born at Grand Valley, Ontario in September 1884, he came to Manitoba where he taught school for 50 years, including service as Principal of Benito School (1911-1914), Gunton School (1917-1929), Gimli School (1929-1935), McCreary School (1935-1955, 1956-1958), and Brookdale School (1953-1956). In 1958, he was made a Life Member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Federation. He and wife Margaret had four children: Florence Meldrum (wife of Thomas Floyde), Jessie Meldrum (wife of J. Bryer), Verna Meldrum (wife of H. Karpenic), and Gordon Meldrum. Active in community affairs, he was Secretary-Treasurer of the McCreary town council and the McCreary hospital board. He died at McCreary on 14 August 1959 and was buried in the McCreary Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The Development of Education in Swan River Valley by J. N. R. Clark, MEd thesis, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, 1949, page 31.

“Teacher 50 years, William Meldrum dies at McCreary,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 August 1959, page 33.

“William Meldrum buried at McCreary,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 1959, page 31.

Obituary, Stonewall Argus, 26 August 1959, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 July 2014

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