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Memorable Manitobans: Jean Hyslop McQueen White (1878-1964)


Born at Selkirk, Scotland on 16 February 1878, daughter of John McQueen (1849-1912) and Helen McTurk (1850-1928), she immigrated to Canada with her family in 1894 and settled on a farm near Cardale. She became a teacher, took up residence in Brandon, and was Principal of East Ward School (1901-1906) and Alexandra School (1906-1909). While working there, she met and married fellow teacher Alfred White around 1910. They had no children and later resided in Norwood and St. Vital, at 122 Worthington Avenue. She was President of the Women’s Canadian Club (1920-1922) and dedicated herself to the work of the United Church. By 1920, she was active in the Manitoba Conference of the Women’s Missionary Society (United Church of Canada), including serving as President (1945-1949). Following her husband’s death, she moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1959. She died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Victoria on 3 April 1964 and her body was returned to Manitoba for burial in the St. Vital Cemetery.


1906 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Personal news [Miss Mary McQueen],” Brandon Daily Sun, 21 August 1906, page 1.

“Personal news [Miss McQueen],” Brandon Daily Sun, 4 September 1906, page 8.

“Personal news [Mr. Gordon McQueen],” Brandon Daily Sun, 19 September 1906, page 8.

“Personal news [Mr. John McQueen],” Brandon Daily Sun, 24 October 1906, page 8.

“Board needs more money,” Brandon Daily Sun, 7 November 1906, page 1.

“Suggests commercial dept. for Collegiate,” Brandon Daily Sun, 5 December 1906, page 1.

“John M’Queen dies suddenly at Brandon,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 November 1912, page 1.

“Brandon street car situation [Late John McQueen’s funeral],” Manitoba Free Press, 8 November 1912, page 17.

“Women conduct service St. Paul’s Sunday morning,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 February 1920, page 3.

“Mrs. Alfred White again President Women’s Canadian Club [...],” Brandon Daily Sun, 21 October 1921, page 14.

“Mrs. John McQueen is interred at Brandon,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 June 1928, page 2.

“Mrs. Alfred White named United Church W.M.S. Head” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 March 1945, page 15.

“Conference branch holds three day meet,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 1947, page 11.

“Conference Branch session in progress at Augustine” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1949, page 15.

“Conference branch faces problem of Mission field leadership” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1949, page 15.

“Pioneers mapped roads to follow,” Brandon Sun, 10 November 1962, page 11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1964, page 24.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 October 2018

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