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Memorable Manitobans: George Cecil Speers (1886-1958)


Born in the RM of Woodworth on 2 January 1886, son of Esther Jane “Essie” Thomlinson (?-1926), he taught at Ninga School (1909) and Elkhorn School (c1910) then received an MA degree from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Cupar, Saskatchewan (c1918), Redberry, Saskatchewan (c1921), and was Principal of Sanford School (1924-1926). On 26 June 1918, he married Octevia Cook (1888-1975) at Winnipeg. He died on 14 December 1958.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Speers – Cook,” Brandon Sun, 28 June 1918, page 10.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 March 2019

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