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Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Privat (1899-1963)


Born at Grey, Ontario on 25 May 1899, son of tinsmith Benjamin Privat (1863-1930) and Matilda Marie Pfeiffer (1866-1958), he relocated with his family to Killarney (1911) and, by 1916, to Camp Hughes. Following in the footsteps of his elder sister Pearl Irene Privat (1895-1987), he attended Normal School and taught around 30 years in rural Manitoba including at Erickson School (1918-1919, Principal), Rochedale School (1926-1927), Peguis School (1928-1929), Scandia School (1930-1935, 1938-1939), Sinkerville School (1939), and Mayfield School (1945). He retired to British Columbia around 1953 and died at Prince George on 29 January 1963. His remains were returned to Manitoba for burial in the Killarney Cemetery.


Ontario birth registrations, Ancestry.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Make public results of teachers’ certificate exams and winners of prizes [Combined course],” Manitoba Free Press, 20 July 1915, page 10.

“Normal School news,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 February 1926, page 7.

Killarney Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 October 2018

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