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Memorable Manitobans: Ida Christine Graham Mills (1901-1982)


Born in the United States in September 1901, daughter of William Graham (1863-1943) and Christina McLaren (1877-1939), sister of Beatrice Graham, she accompanied her family to Canada in 1902 and grew up in East Kildonan. In the 1920s, she was enrolled in the Arts program at the University of Manitoba. She was the Principal of Rosser Village School (1922-1924) and Austin School (1924-1927) prior to marrying Francis Charles “Frank” Mills (c1901-1978) at North Kildonan on 10 September 1928. They had two daughters: Frances Christine Mills (wife of Mr. Sallows) and Isabelle Anne Mills (wife of Mr. Ashmore). They later lived at Glenboro before moving to Winnipeg where she died on 6 March 1982 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


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

1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“University of Manitoba examinations lists published,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 May 1923, page 6.

“College term ends; names of successful candidates,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 May 1925, page 10.

“University of Manitoba examination results,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 May 1926, page 6.

Obituary [Frank Mills], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 November 1978, page 47.

Winnipeg estate file #855/82, Ida C. Mills, Archives of Manitoba.

Burial transcription, Brookside Cemetery, City of Winnipeg.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 December 2017

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