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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Emerson Snyder (1891-1984)


Born at Listowel, Ontario on 8 October 1891, he began teaching in 1909, first at Rainy River, Ontario and later at Wilkie, Saskatchewan. He completed his education at Wesley College, graduating in 1912 and taking graduate studies at the University of Chicago. He served briefly as Principal of Stony Mountain School (1915-1916) then he enlisted with the Royal Air Force during the First World War.

Following his return from military service, he taught mathematics at St. John’s High School then was Principal of Riverview School (1936-1938), Lord Selkirk School (1938-1947), and Isaac Newton School (1947-1957). He then worked as a personnel director at the Monarch Life Assurance Company until returning to teaching as a guidance counsellor at Miles Macdonell Collegiate. He was President of the Winnipeg Schoolmasters’ Club. He was the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Elmwood constituency in the 1959 provincial general election but was defeated in a close race by Steve Peters.

He died at Winnipeg on 9 October 1984 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1984, page 46.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 January 2018

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