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Memorable Manitobans: Sarah Eliza “Sadie” Sharpe (c1848-1928)


Born around 1848, she was an early teacher of the Winnipeg School Board, first named to the staff of Dufferin School in 1882, working there briefly before being transferred to Central School No. 2 [Albert School] where she taught (?-1888) and served as Principal (1888-1899). She was granted a medical leave of absence in November 1899, eventually returning to the classroom in January 1902, at the newly opened Somerset School. After teaching there for the remainder of the school year, she again became Principal, at Wellington School (1902-1905).

She retired in December 1905 on account of failing health and moved to the Pacific coast where he operated a hobby ranch near Eburne, Lulu Island, British Columbia. She died at her residence on 17 March 1928 and was buried at San Diego, California, alongside her sister Miss Annie Sharpe.


Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Cost of education,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 February 1900, page 3.

“Need more schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 October 1905, page 8.

“Miss S. Sharpe, former school principal, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 March 1928, page 5.

“Miss Sadie Sharpe, former teacher, dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 March 1928, page 6.

Winnipeg Estate file# 20098, Sarah E. Sharpe, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 April 2016

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