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Memorable Manitobans: Esther Elizabeth Hyndman Short (1887-?)

Teacher, school board trustee.

Born on 15 November 1887 in Dundas County, Ontario, daughter of Alexander Hyndman and Elizabeth Middagh, she moved with her family to Manitoba in 1890. She attended Morrisburg Normal School, and taught for two years in Upland School, south of Oak River, before her marriage to George Short on 13 March 1911.

The Shorts moved to Silver Lake, near Rivers, and began to farm. She became the first woman to serve as a School Board trustee in the area. She also served as secretary treasurer. She was involved with the Ladies Aid Society and the Missionary Society.

Sources:

Esther Short. Voices of Yesteryear. Westman Oral History Collection. Audiocassette. 1982. S. J. McKee Archives.

Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

This profile was prepared by Angela Graham.

Page revised: 7 September 2008

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