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Memorable Manitobans: Ellen “Nettie” Parsons (1863-1938)


Born at Elora, Ontario, on 5 July 1863, daughter of Elinor “Ellen” Parsons (1835-1903) and James “Richard” Parsons (1830-1905), she moved with her family to Winnipeg in 1881 and was enrolled in the first Winnipeg Normal School session, graduating with teaching qualifications. In 1883, she gained employment in the Winnipeg School District, teaching at Central School No. 2 / Girls Central School (1883-1900), Euclid School / North Central School / Norquay School (1900-1913), and Alexandra School (1913-1917). In July 1917, she retired following 34 years of service and was given a formal letter of appreciation on behalf of the School Board.

In retirement, she offered private tutoring (c1924) and, for at least one extended period, returned to the classroom setting with the Fort Garry School District No. 1024 as Principal of General Steele School (1921-1922). She resided with her sister Phoebe Parsons (wife of Horace Crafts Howard) at 654 Langside Street in Winnipeg. She was a member of St. John’s Guild of the Children’s Hospital, Local Council of Women, Winnipeg Bible Institute, Elim Chapel, and a charter member of the Canadian Club.

She died unmarried at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 26 January 1938 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Death registrations [Ellen Parsons, James Parsons], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Richard Parsons], Winnipeg Tribune, 31 May 1905, page 3.

“School board to borrow $100,000 to finance work,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 July 1917, page 5.

“Educational - Private tuition in all public and high-school subjects [...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 April 1924, page 11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 27 January 1938, page 18.

Death notice [Ellen Parsons], Winnipeg Tribune, 28 January 1938, page 19.

“Deaths and funerals [The funeral of Miss N. Parsons ...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1938, page 4.

“School Board’s sinking fund has surplus earnings,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 February 1938, page 4.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #25854 - Ellen Parsons, GR4868, Archives of Manitoba.

Elmwood Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 June 2021

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