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Memorable Manitobans: Sidney Merlin Spidell (1900-1997)


Born at Parkdale, Nova Scotia on 19 December 1900, he was educated locally before moving to Saskatchewan where he continued his education at Mortlach, Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan. In mid-1944, he was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature for the CCF and served until December 1945 when he resigned for “personal reasons” and planned to move to Ontario. He later came to Manitoba where he was the Principal of Inglis School (1950-1963) and Oakburn School (1965-1967). He died at Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan in February 1997.


“Elected candidates,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 June 1944, page 2.

“Sask. C.C.F. member resigns, moving east,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 December 1945, page 14.

“Morse by-election voting begins Thursday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 June 1946, page 3.

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

“Inglis and district news,” Russell Banner, 18 February 1997, page 12.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 November 2017

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