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Memorable Manitobans: Duncan Alexander Baxter (1872-1964)

Educator.

Born at Caledon Hills, Ontario in July 1872, he began teaching at the age of 19 years, in a one-room school at Caledon. He later came to Manitoba where he was Principal at Binscarth School (1905-1908), East Ward School (1908-1912) at Portage la Prairie, Holland School (1912-1913), and Transcona High School (1913-1938). He quit in 1938 following a dispute with the Transcona School Board, having missed only two days in his entire teaching career. He married Margaret Maud McLaren (1878-1959) and had three children; Alexander McLaren Baxter, Verna Campbell Baxter (1917-?), and Margaret Odell Baxter (1920-?). He died at Georgetown, Ontario on 11 April 1964 and was buried in St. Andrew’s Cemetery at Caledon, Ontario.

Sources:

Birth [Alexander McLaren Baxter, Verna Campbell Baxter, Margaret Odell Baxter] registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Binscarth [Mr. Baxter, a former Principal of the school here...],” Russell Banner, 27 August 1908, page 8.

“Social and personal [Mrs. J. H. McQuay ...],” Portage la Prairie Weekly, 4 November 1908, page 10.

“Local and general news [Mr. D. A. Baxter, Principal ...],” Glenboro Gazette, 24 June 1909, page 1.

“Portage School Master resigns,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 June 1912, page 37.

“Ratepayers' delegation wait on School Board,” Portage la Prairie Weekly, 12 June 1912, page 2.

“Portage School Board re-arranges teaching staff,” Portage la Prairie Weekly, 26 June 1912, page 3.

“Local notes [D. A. Baxter ...],” Manitoba Free Press, 19 July 1913, page 15.

“Baxter backers, 500 out of 1,150 join strike of Transcona school pupils,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 June 1938, page 1.

“Teacher absent only two days in 50 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1956, page 4.

“Mrs. Margaret Baxter,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1959, page 37.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 1964, page 26.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2021

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