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Memorable Manitobans: Agnes Ellen Martin Sisler (1899-1981)


Born at Carnoustie, Scotland on 22 January 1899, daughter of Elizabeth Christie Martin (1873-1964) and James Kidd Martin (1870-1948), she came to Canada with her mother and sister in 1906, following their father who arrived in 1905. She grew up at Birtle, attended Birtle School, and graduated from Normal School around 1914. She taught at Harrison School / Newdale School (1910s) and Rembrandt School (?-?) and was Principal of Highland School (1918-1920).

On 17 August 1921, she married fellow teacher William James Sisler at Winnipeg. They had six children: William Wallace “Bill” Sisler (1922-1991), George Cooper Sisler, James Martin Sisler (1927-2015), Barbara Elizabeth Sisler (?-?, wife of Maurice Wilfred Smith), Roderick Myles Sisler (?-?), and Sandra Sisler (?-?, wife of Nicholas Schjerning), and moved a few times in their early years together, taking up residence at 238 Inkster Boulevard (c1921) and 242 Machray (c1922-1923) before settling at 11 Silvia Street around 1924. They resided there until 1932, when they move down the street into the newly-built residence at 39 Silvia. In addition to raising her family, she was an active member of the Gordon-King Memorial United Church.

She died at the Health Sciences Centre on 1 August 1981 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.


Marriage and death [James Kidd Martin] registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1916 & 1921 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

“Results of matriculation and teachers’ examinations [Teachers’ Course - Grade X - Pass List],” Manitoba Free Press, 16 July 1914, page 14.

“Results of examinations for teachers’ certificates [Grade IX - Pass List],” Winnipeg Tribunem 21 July 1913, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 Agust 1981, page 48.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #2008/81 - Agnes Ellen Sisler, GR6415, Archives of Manitoba.

Jackson family tree, Ancestry.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Assessment and Taxation, Property Information, City of Winnipeg.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 16 July 2020

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