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Memorable Manitobans: John Cameron Saul (1869-1939)


Born in Ontario on 6 January 1869, son of John Saul and Helen Cameron (1841-1925), he came to Winnipeg with his family in 1880, where his father worked as a building contractor. He was educated in Winnipeg, eventually receiving a BA degree in modern languages from Manitoba College. He later received an MA degree.

In 1887, began teaching in a country school near Virden then studied briefly at Boston, Massachusetts before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia. He returned to Manitoba as the Principal of Emerson School (1889-1890), later Principal of the Carberry School (1892). By 1901, he was back in Winnipeg working as a teacher. Within a couple of years, he moved to Toronto where he was active in editing and publishing books.

He and wife Lilian Kate Ponton had one child, daughter Shirley Isabel Saul (b 1898).


“Personal,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 August 1889, page 4.

“City and country,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 August 1890, page 8.

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. John Saul will be laid to rest Friday,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 January 1925, page 4.

“Funeral of John Saul to take place today,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 January 1928, page 3.

“Seventy years ago,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 1957, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 July 2015

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