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Memorable Manitobans: William Horatio Musick (1880-1960)


Born on Prince Edward Island on 21 March 1880, son of Peter Music (1836-?) and Catherine Music (1840-?), he was teaching school by 1901 and was Principal of Uigg School (?-1905). In 1905, he moved to Saskatchewan to become Principal of Golden Plains School (1905-?), later teaching at at Broadview (1907). He was Principal at Kipling for nine years (c1916) and Principal of Roleau High School for seven years (c1921). He earned a BA degree and was appointed a Saskatchewan School Inspector (1938-?). During the Second World War, he came to Winnipeg, residing first at 1054 Downing Street and then at 1502 St Mary’s Road. He was Principal of St. Germain School (1942-1945) in the Rural Municipality of St. Vital, after which he returned to Saskatchewan. He married Gertrude Ripley (?-1914) and had a daughter, Gertrude Rosellen Musick (1914-?), losing his wife less than two weeks later. By 1921, he had married Sarah May Musick (1898-1967) and had a son who died in infancy. He died in Saskatchewan in 1960 and was buried in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery at Regina.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Birth [Gertrude Rosellen Musick] and death [Gertrude Musick] registrations, Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.

“The Guardian local news [W. H. Musick],” Charlottetown Guardian, 26 April 1905, page 1.

“Saskatchewan teachers convene,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 October 1907, page 9.

“Changes in Inspectors,” Shellbrook Chronicle, 31 August 1938, page 1.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), GR1629, St. Germain School District No. 969 - Miscellaneous, Archives of Manitoba.

Rouleau Cememtery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

Riverside Memorial Park Cememtery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 September 2020

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