Memorable Manitobans: Annie Ferguson Playfair (1871-1947)
Editor and publisher.
Born at Fallbrook, Ontario on 24 July 1871, daughter of George William Playfair and Jessie Playfair, sister-in-law to George Walton Brisbin, the family came to Manitoba in August 1880, settling on a farm four miles east of Baldur. She was educated locally and later taught at Rosebank School (1893), Delta School, Excelsior School, Roseberry School, Auburn School (1899), and Baldur School.
Between 1909 and 1921, she owned several rural newspapers, including the Baldur Gazette, Belmont News, Hartney Star, Minto Packet, Elgin Lancet, and Wynyard Advance. She attended the North Western Bible School at Minneapolis, Minnesota for three years. She was active in the temperance movement, was a frequent participant at Women’s Institutes and Sunday School Conventions, and did conservation work for the government during the First World War. In 1924, she spent several months in England in the development and colonization department of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
She moved to Winnipeg in 1927 where she died at her home on 15 July 1947 and was buried in the Baldur Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Annie Playfair dies at 75,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 July 1947. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]
“Former rural editor dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1947, page 2.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 June 2022