Memorable Manitobans: John Alexius Peterson (1885-1959)

Educator, school inspector.

Born in Sweden in 1885, he emigrated to the United States at an early age and was educated at Kalamazoo College (Michigan). He came to Manitoba where, in 1912, his first teaching job was at Cartwright School. He served as Principal of Boissevain School (1914-1918), Melita School (1918-1923), Treherne School (1923), Deloraine School (1923-1934), and Russell School (1934-1941). He received an Arts degree from the University of Manitoba (1924).

In 1941, he was appointed a School Inspector based at Carman, serving there until 1951. He then returned to teaching as the Principal of Grandin School (1951-1952) and Pembina Crest School (1952-1953), and teaching at Viscount Alexander High School (1953-1954) and Carman School (1954-1956), retiring in 1956.

On 22 July 1922, he married fellow teacher Ila Mina Pollock (1896-1972) in the RM of Arthur. They had two children: John Hubert “Hub” Peterson (1923-2012) and Joanne Peterson (?-?, wife of ? Anderson).

He died at Carman on 28 October 1959 and was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration [John Alexius Peterson, Ila Mina Pollock], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Birth registration [John Hubert Peterson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Ex-School Inspector John Peters, 74, dies at Carman,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1959, page 40.

Obituary [Ila Mina Peterson], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1972, page 27.

Deloraine Scans a Century by Deloraine History Book Committe, 1980, page 766.

Obituary [John Hubert Peterson], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 2012.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2024

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