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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Goodfellow Chisholm (1842-?)

Temperance worker.

Born at St. Catharines, Ontario on 27 December 1842, daughter of Gideon and Bessie Goodfellow, she was educated at Brantford. In 1861, she started worked as a teacher in Brant County and came to Winnipeg in 1877, where she was closely identified with the Womens Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) over a period of thirty years. She served as Manitoba Provincial President from 1888 to 1892, when she moved to the United States. When she returned to Winnipeg in 1900, she was re-elected Provincial President in 1902 and continued in office for several years, representing Manitoba in the World’s WCTU Convention at Boston, Massachusetts in 1906. She was ex-Vice-President of the Dominion WCTU and ex-Vice-President of the Dominion National Council of Women. In 1864, she married architect James Chisholm at Brantford. They had three sons and three daughters. In 1911, the family lived at 294 Furby Street, Winnipeg.

Sources:

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

We thank Susan Bracken for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 April 2019

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