Memorable Manitobans: William Wallace Pierce (1880-1965)
Born at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on 24 June 1880, he taught there for three years before coming to Manitoba in 1904. He worked in a grocery store in Winnipeg then spent a winter cattle ranching at Fairford. He taught at a rural school near MacGregor (1906-1907) before joining the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Board in 1907, as a woodworking and manual training teacher at Victoria School. Later, he did the same type of work at Dufferin School, Wellington School, Greenway School, and Laura Secord School. In 1920, he was appointed Principal of Victoria School, moving successively to Robert H. Smith School (1922-1930), Victoria-Albert School (1930-1931), Margaret Scott School (1931-1937), and John M. King School (1937-1946). He retired in June 1946.
On 9 August 1910, he married Edith Ella Shantz (?-1964) of Winnipeg. They had four children: Glen Wallace Pierce (1911-2015), Irma Elizabeth Pierce (b 1914, wife of G. Stan Boulter), W. Lloyd Pierce, and Olive Pierce (wife of Andrew T. Karsgaard). He was an honorary member of the Schoolmasters’ Club, and a member of Bethesda Church. He took a keen interest in curling and lawn bowling.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“John M. King losing Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1946, page 3.
Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.
“Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Pierce,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1960, page 14.
Obituary [Edith E. Pierce], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 1964, page 24.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1965, page 38.
Obituary [Glen Wallace Pierce], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 2015, page 31.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 June 2015
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