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Memorable Manitobans: Miriam May Somerville (1903-1987)

Educator.

Born at Chicago, Illinois in January 1903, only child of Henry Herbert Somerville (1871-1942) and Mary Honour Somerville (1855-1941), her childhood was spent at Dauphin and Morden. Her family then moved to Winnipeg where she attended high school and the Central Normal School. Her teaching career began in a one-room school near Roland then she moved to Tache School in 1922, working there until becoming Vice-Principal of King George V School (?-1953). She was Principal of Archwood School (1953-1962) and Nordale School (1962-1968) before retiring in 1968. She was a member of Norwood United Church and the Business and Professional Women's Club of Winnipeg. She died unmarried in Winnipeg on 18 June 1987 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

1911 Canada census [May Sommerville], Automated Genealogy.

Death registration [Mary Honour Somerville], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. H. Somerville, here 43 years, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 December 1941, page 11.

Obituary [Henry Herbert Somerville], Winnipeg Tribune, 21 November 1942, page 5.

“Bill Trebicoe’s back,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1968, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1987, page 36.

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

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 May 2021

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