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Memorable Manitobans: Hedwig Margaret Billson Strand (1908-2003)

Educator.

Born at Inwood on 19 February 1908, one of five children born to Swedish immigrants Gertrude Halforsen (1882-1971) and John Hjalmer Billson (1876-1950), she taught at McFarlane School (1930s), Rondeau School (?-?), and Westerham School (1937-1938) before teaching in the Lac du Bonnet area. Next, she moved to the Winnipeg area, working at Kirkfield Park School (1949-1952) in St. James and Princess Elizabeth School (1953-1955) in North Kildonan, prior to becoming Vice-Principal of Maple Leaf School (1956-1960). She married Arthur Strand (c1909-1944) and they had a daughter, Shirley Strand (?-1980, wife of Ken Brown). She died at Selkirk on 27 August 2003.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Car overturns, farmer killed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 1944, page 4.

Obituary [John Hjalmer Billson], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1950, page 35.

Obituary [Gertrude Billson], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1971, page 25.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 2003.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 April 2020

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