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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph William Gordon (1868-1954)

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Joseph William Gordon
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Educator, school inspector.

Born at Tweed, Ontario on 4 December 1868, he came to Manitoba in 1892 and worked for a time as a Methodist lay preacher at Wawanesa. He then attended the Brandon Normal School and taught school at Wawanesa School (1897), Arden and Souris. In 1910, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector at Morden. He later became Principal of the Manitou Normal School. In 1931 he was transferred to Winnipeg and worked as a School Inspector in the Kildonan area. He retired in June 1938. He was President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1918-1919), and a member of the Masons (Manitou Lodge No. 30), Mentor’s Club, and Manitoba Educational Association. He died at his Winnipeg home, 288 Niagara Street, on 13 June 1954 and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


“The Indian famine fund,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1897, page 4.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Former principal of Normal School J. W. Gordon dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1954, page 43.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

We thank Curt Belton and Al Thorleifson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 May 2017

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