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Memorable Manitobans: Jessie Isabella Ptolemy (1870-1931)


Born near Hamilton, Ontario on 8 December 1870, sister of W. J. Ptolemy, she came to Manitoba with her family in the early 1880s. She started teaching in 1885, at the Belle Plain School near Portage la Prairie. Coming to Winnipeg in 1887, she taught at Mulvey School until September 1892 when she transferred to Carlton School. Two years later, she was appointed Principal of Argyle School, holding the position until March 1905 when she became Supervisor of Primary Classes for the Winnipeg School Board. She was a member of Westminster United Church, Women’s Canadian Club, and IODE (Prince Rupert Lodge). She died at Winnipeg on 1 February 1931 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Veteran school teacher expires,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 February 1931, page 3.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 July 2015

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