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Memorable Manitobans: Sarah Edith Gowan “Sadie” Ross (1893-1978)

Educator.

Born at Horning’s Mill, Ontario on 5 May 1893, she lived at Wesley and graduated from the Toronto Normal School. Moving west, she taught at St. Andrews North School (1912-1913) and joined the staff of the Winnipeg School District, working at Lord Roberts School (1914-1921). While in the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews, she met Norman Ross (c1882-1972) who worked for the Federal Department of Public Works at the St. Andrews Lock and was later its Superintendent (1934-1952). They were wed at Winnipeg on 20 September 1921, bought a new residence at 160 Luxton Avenue in 1922, and raised two daughters; Winona Ross (wife of Dr. Kenneth M. Edwards) and Marion Ross (wife of William Zonneveld) before moving to Lockport. During the 1940s, she returned to the classroom at her native St. Andrews North School [since renamed Lockport School] and served as its Principal (1944-1945, 1947). They resided at Lockport until 1952 when they retired to Winnipeg where she was a member of the Augustine United Church. In 1976, she took up residence at the Middlechurch Home where she died on 6 November 1978.

Sources:

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 & 1926 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

Obituary [Norman Ross], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1972, page 25.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1978, page 55.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), 2498/78 Sarah/Sadie E. Ross, GR5048, Archives of Manitoba.

Assessment and Taxation Department, Property Assessment - 160 Luxton Avenue, City of Winnipeg.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 May 2023

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