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Memorable Manitobans: Sarah “Ruth” Swanson (1904-1976)


Born in the RM of Clanwilliam on 5 October 1904, daughter of James Swanson (1867-?) and Laura Ansina Hanson (1867-?), she became a teacher and worked at Minnetonka School and Radway School. Around 1921, she began teaching in the Selkirk School District at South Ward School, before moving to the Central School, first as a teacher (1935-1946) and later as Principal (1946-1947). She returned to the classroom at Victoria School (1947-1956) and continued her 44-year teaching career until retirement in June 1965, when she was feted by many at an event at Robert Smith School in Selkirk. She moved to Winnipeg, where she died, unmarried, at the Health Sciences Centre on 30 March 1976 and was buried in the Lutheran Cemetery at Mapleton.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

“People and places,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 June 1965, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 1976, page 55.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 1976, page 2.

Winnipeg Estate file #703/77, Sarah Ruth Swanson, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 8 January 2015

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