Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Jay Anderson (1901-1968)
Born on a farm near Carroll on 5 January 1901, son of Martha Helen Hamilton, he attended the Brandon Collegiate then took a short normal course conducted by School Inspector J. W. Gordon. He then taught at a small rural school west of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. When the school closed, he enrolled at the Regina Normal School. He served as the Principal of Clearwater School (1923-1925) and Stockton School (1925-1930) before moving to East Kildonan as the Principal of Salisbury School (1930-1940). He was Assistant Principal of Prince Edward School (1940) before teaching at Melrose Junior High School (1954-1955) then back to Prince Edward as its Principal (1955-1965). On 30 December 1925, he married Jeannette Wall (?-?) in the RM of Louise and had two children. During the Second World War, he trained Army Cadet classes at the Fort Osborne Barracks and Minto Armoury in signalling, squad drill, firearms, map reading, and physical training. He died at Winnipeg on 27 January 1968.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“A. J. Anderson, Principal, Prince Edward School,” newspaper clipping dated November 1955. [MMC Alumni, Jim Smith]
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1968, page 25.
We thank Jim Smith and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 November 2022