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Memorable Manitobans: Elsie Rowena Ritchie (1892-1992)


Born in the Rural Municipality of Langford on 12 August 1892, daughter of Elizabeth Jan Watson (1874-?) and Joshua Ritchie (1862-?), she attended the Brandon Normal School and began working in rural Manitoba schools. She taught at Stoney Creek School (1918), at Neepawa (?-?) and Roblin (?-?), and was Principal at Green Bay School (1933-1934). Later, she taught within the Greater Winnipeg area, in the North Kildonan School District (1942-1958) at Lord Kitchener School, and Old Kildonan School District at Red River School (1958-1963), after which she retired. She was a member of the Knox United Church. She died at the Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg on 20 February 1992 and was buried in the Neepawa Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

“Husband speaks to Red River Valley teachers," Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1949, page 7.

Winnipeg estate file PR92-01-25304, Elsie Ritchie, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1992, page B25.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 16 October 2019

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