Memorable Manitobans: Oscar Andrew Wurster (c1884-1963)
Born in the German Empire around 1884, he immigrated to Canada around 1904 and became a teacher in Manitoba. His career including teaching at Niverville School (?-?), Glenella School (c1912), Kronsfeld School (1914-1915), Golden Bay School (1917-1918), Arran School (1919-1920), and was Principal of Bradley School (1925-1929) before teaching in the broader Fort Garry area (c1930). He later taught at Whitemouth School (1945-1950; Vice-Principal 1948-1950) and Oldenburg School (1950-1954) before sailing for Germany aboard the SS Queen Elizabeth in August 1954, some 50 years after having left his homeland. He later returned to Manitoba and resumed teaching at Decker School (1955-1956).
On 27 April 1911, he married Gertrude Margaret Wallace (c1890-1965) at Winnipeg and they had four children: Marjory Wurster (1912-2002, wife of Cecil Robert “Bob” Brennand [?-1949], Harold Payne [?-1957], and Stanley Schofield [?-1991]), Helen Wurster (c1914-2003, wife of Mr. Wallace), Arthur Daniel Wallace Wurster (1916-?), and Dorothea “Dorothy” Wurster (1922-2007, wife of F. D. Mahaffy). In retirement, he lived at 1128 Fairfield Avenue in Fort Garry.
He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 23 April 1963.
Marriage registration [Oscar Andrew Karl David Wurster, Gertrude Margaret Wallace], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registrations [Marjory Wurster, Arthur Daniel Wallace Wurster, Dorothea Wurster], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
“Manitoba University matriculation results [Part II - Matriculation],” Manitoba Free Press, 16 June 1909, page 5.
“Jury finds child’s death accidental,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 July 1930, page 5.
“Whitemouth,” Springfield Leader, 27 June 1950, page 3.
“Whitemouth,” Springfield Leader, 3 August 1954, page 3.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 1963, page 28.
“Whitemouth,” Springfield Leader, 7 May 1963, page 8.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), 835/63 Oscar A. Wurster, GR4900, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituary [Margaret G. Wurster], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1965, page 39.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), 1037/65 Margaret Gertrude Wurster, GR4899, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituary [Marjory Schofield], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 2002, page C7.
Obituary [Helen Wallace], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 2003, page 17.
Obituary [Dorothy Mahaffy], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 November 2007, page 58.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 4 February 2023