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Memorable Manitobans: James Edwin Scarrow (1902-1982)


Born at Minto on 14 April 1902, son of George Smith Scarrow (1871-1941) and Rosa Maud Newton (1875-1956), he attended grades 1 to 11 at Minto School then he taught at Alcester School in the 1920s before completing his grade 12 education. He attended the University of Manitoba from 1928 to 1931, but poor economic conditions forced him to withdraw before graduation. He returned to teaching, at Riverside School (1931-1934) then served as the Principal of Justice School (1934-1936), Fairfax School (1936-1939), Kelwood School (1939-1942), and Emerson School (1942-1947). He completed his BA degree while teaching. In 1947, he moved to East Kildonan to serve as the Principal of Lord Wolseley School (1947-1952), Miles Macdonell Collegiate (1952-1967), and River East Collegiate (1956-1957). He retired in June 1967. He came out of retirement in January 1968 to serve as the Principal of Regent Park School until final retirement in June 1969. On 28 December 1936, he married Doris Margaret Curle (1916-2011) at Justice and they had two children. He was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters, East Kildonan Kiwanis Club, and School Masters’ Club. He died at Winnipeg on 4 June 1982.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Know your Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1964, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1982, page 48.

Obituary [Doris Margaret Scarrow], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 November 2011.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Jim Smith.

Page revised: 12 April 2020

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