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Memorable Manitobans: Ada “Aunt Ada” Reive (1884-1978)


Born on a farm west of St. Jean Baptiste on 3 November 1884, daughter of William A. Reive (1852-?) and Gertrude Ranson (1860-?), she grew up at Headingley before moving to Winnipeg in 1896. She attended Headingley School and Victoria-Albert School, and took teacher training at the Central Normal School (1901), after which she taught at Lilyfield School and Dunrea School. Returning to Winnipeg, she was Principal at the Pine Street School (1906-1908) before going to Clifton Street School / Isaac Brock School (1908-1919), Victoria School (1915-1925), and John M. King School (1925-1945), after which she retired. She was known affectionately as “Aunt Ada” by the children of the community around her Waverly Street home. She moved to the Central Park Lodge in Winnipeg around 1968. There she died in her sleep on 18 January 1978.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Successful candidates,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 August 1901, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1978, page 34.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 October 2016

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