Memorable Manitobans: Lottie Jean Chapman Duncan (1887-1978)
Born on a farm near Brandon on 26 May 1887, daughter of Jane Chapman (1861-?) and James Chapman (1862-?), She received a degree from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Home Economics from the University of Manitoba. She was Director of the Home Economics Department at the Manitoba Agricultural College (1922-1935).
She was married twice, first on 18 December 1909 to farmer Francis “Frank” Duncan (1883-1918) with whom she had a daughter, Jean Isabel Bernice Duncan (1910-1936). On 8 June 1935, she married Howard Bruno Sommerfeld at Winnipeg and moved with him to Yorkton, Saskatchewan. She had a son, S. F. Sommerfeld. She was a member of the Women’s Canadian Club, University Women’s Club (President, 1939-1941), and St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church. She was Secretary of the Canadian Federation of University Women and a member of the PEO Sisterhood and patron of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
She died at Beamsville, Ontario on 11 June 1978 and was buried in the Souris Glenwood Cemetery.
1901, 1906, and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Nuptial event solemnized in St. Stephen’s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1935, page 10.
“Home Ec. teachers want changes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 August 1970.
Obituary [Lottie Sommerfeld], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 1978, page 54.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 January 2022