Person:Nellie McLean (1)

Nellie Mabel McLean
m. 21 Nov 1901
  1. Nellie Mabel McLean1903 - 1965
  2. Flora Hannah McLean1906 - 1991
  3. Neil Harvey McLean1909 - 1991
  4. James Lloyd McLean1918 - 1926
  • H.  Robert Brown (add)
  • W.  Nellie McLean (add)
Facts and Events
Name Nellie Mabel McLean
Gender Female
Birth? 31 Mar 1903 Ailsa Craig, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada
Death? 7 Nov 1965 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Burial? 12 Nov 1965 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Written by her father, James McLean, in a Christmas letter, December 1944: Nellie gave up teaching school last June 30th, and on July 18 she became Mrs. Robert Martin Brown. She will continue to live in Biggar where she taught for 12 years. Robert says that he has to watch her, lest she runs away when the bell tolls at 9:00 am. She can both see it swing and hear it toll from her kitchen window. She says “I still feel as if I should go when I hear that first bell.” As a teacher she has been an outstanding success. In the days when students had to pass, by written examination, from public to high school, Nellie passed 43 students out of 43, which constitutes a record for this province. She had a mannerism which sent her pupils into howls of laughter two or three times a day. She could teach incorrigibles as well as the best behaved students. At times Mounted Police would ask her if she could handle boys whom they did not wish to place in a school of correction. She never refused, and she never had trouble with any one of them.

On her retirement from the school staff the Supt. Of Education said to the other teachers, “ I am going to make a statement and I know that you will all agree that Miss. Nellie McLean is the best teacher that ever came to Biggar.” Of course it is Nellie’s gift of humour, inherited I believe, that made her famous as a teacher.

  1.   James McLean. Letters of James McLean to Lachlan McLean.
  2.   1906 Census Image - Archives Canada
  3.   1911 Census Image - Archives Canada