Memorable Manitobans: Bethel Harold Stinson (1903-1960)
Born in the RM of Arthur on 17 February 1903, son of Robert A. Stinson (1871-1956) and Emma Thackery (1871-1940), he attended the Manitou Normal School in 1922 to receive a teaching certificate. He taught at North Antler School (1923-1924), Bayview School (?-?), Old Booth School (?-?), Reston School (?-?), Wawanesa School (Principal, 1932-1936), Brandon Collegiate (1936-1937), and Carberry School (Principal, 1938-1939).
On 26 July 1933, he married Kathleen Elizabeth Isabel Hysop (1903-1993) and they subsequently had two sons, Robert Ernest Hartley Stinson and David Stinson. For three years in the early 1940s, Harold was treated for tuberculosis at the Ninette Sanatorium, after which the family moved to Winnipeg and he taught at General Wolfe School (1959-1960). He was the Sunday School Superintendent at Westminster United Church, Secretary of the IOOF Service Board, and Secretary of the Manitoba School Trustees Association (1956).
He died at Winnipeg on 12 April 1960 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park. A collection of his photographs is held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“Ninette man offsets gloomy war prophets,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 August 1940, page 8.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 1960, page 8.
Harvests of Time: History of the R.M. of Edward by Edward History Book Committee, 1983, pages 168, 664.
Obituary [Kathleen E. I. Stinson], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1993, page 41.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Joshua Watt for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 March 2023