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Memorable Manitobans: Laura Elfreda Shanks (1909-1996)


Born in the RM of Blanshard on 21 June 1909, daughter of Annie Graham (1866-1948) and John Shanks (1861-1959), she was educated at Medina School, Rivers School, Brandon College (BA, 1930), the University of Saskatchewan (1931), McGill University (MA, 1959), and at the Sorbonne and other French universities. She taught school for 40 years, specializing in French and Mathematics, at Birtle School (?-?), Rosebank School (1932-1934), Douglas School (?-?), Steep Rock School (Principal, 1936-1938), Belmont School (?-?), Strathclair School (Principal, 1943-1949), Brandon Collegiate (?-?), Teulon High School (?-?), Nelson McIntyre High School (?-?), and Kelvin High School (1967-1969). She died at Winnipeg, unmarried, on 15 July 1996 and was buried in the Pettapiece Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1996, page 36.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2019

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