Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Stewart Bryan (1889-1972)
Born at Wexford, Ireland on 12 July 1889, son of Ephriam John Bryan and Annie Whittaker, he was educated at Ranelagh School (Athlone). He came to Canada in 1907 and attended the Provincial Normal School at Winnipeg, then taught school at Strathclair School (one year), Moore Park Consolidated School (four years), and Perry School (1913). In 1915, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a Lieutenant in the 78th Battalion under Colonel, later Brigadier-General Kirkcaldy. He was in France in August 1916 and served at The Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Arras, Last Hundred Days, Amiens, Cambrai, Canal du Nord, and Valenciennes. Promoted to the rank of Major at Amiens, he was mentioned in dispatches.
After his return from military service, he taught at Evergreen School (1920) and was Assistant-Principal of Gimli High School (1921). He next served as Principal of Warren School (1923-1924), Rapid City (1924-1926), Griswold School (1926-1928), Ethelbert School (1928-1933), Pipestone School (1933-1939), and taught within Brooklands School District (1939-1940), before continuing as Principal of Gunton School (1940-1942), Bethany School (1942-1945), Cypress River School (1945-1951), Balmoral School (1951-1953), Cartwright School (1953-1954), Crandall School (1954-1957), and Belmont School (1957-1959). He was a member and President of the Rapid City Branch for the Great War Veterans Assocation, and a member of the Masons, Manitoba Teachers’ Association, and Anglican church. His recreations included curling and tennis. On 18 July 1928, he married Margaret Arthur (1899-1978) at Winnipeg.
He and his wife moved to Blenheim, Ontario where he was living in retirement as of 1968. He died in 1972 and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery at Blenheim.
Attestation Papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.Error processing SSI file
“Crandall news,” Miniota Herald, 29 July 1965, page 1.
Voter lists, Ancestry.
“Cypress River district news,” Glenboro Gazette, 13 December 1978, page 6.
Evergreen Cemetery burial transcriptions, Blenheim, Chatham-Kent Municipality, Ontario, FindAGrave.
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