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Memorable Manitobans: Ruth Parker (1894-1953)


Born at Sanford on 18 April 1894, daughter of Alexander Parker (1851-1926) and Elizabeth Rogers (1861-1934), she moved to Winnipeg with her parents around 1909. The family took up residence briefly at 41 Dundurn Place before resettling to 845 Westminster Avenue. She graduated from the Central Collegiate in 1914, took teacher training, and joined the Winnipeg School Division (WSD) in November 1916, teaching at Lord Roberts School (1917-1918) and Carlton School (1918-1919). She then returned to Sanford where she was Principal at Sanford School (1920-1923, 1926-1927), and also served as Principal of Alexander School (1923-1924), Sidney School (1924-1925), and La Riviere School (1925-1926). She later returned to Winnipeg and taught at Principal Sparling School (1929-1944) and Laura Secord School (1944-1953). She was a member of the Westminster United Church. She died unmarried at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 24 October 1953 and was buried in the Sanford Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Central High --- class of 1914,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 June 1914, page 7.

“Are well attended,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 November 1916, page 4.

“Veteran of Riel Rebellion dies, aged 74 years,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 May 1926, page 10.

Obituary [Mrs. E. Parker], Winnipeg Tribune, 6 December 1934, page 2.

Death notice [Elizabeth Parker], Winnipeg Tribune, 6 December 1934, page 13.

“Buried today [Elizabeth Parker],” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 December 1934, page 7.

“Aid the sailors,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1942, page 3.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1953, page 29.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1953, page 11.

Winnipeg estate file 48050, Ruth Parker, Archives of Manitoba.

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

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 July 2017

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