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Memorable Manitobans: Alice Elvira Talbot Matheson (1867-1949)


Born in Minnesota on 25 March 1867, she came to Canada in 1879 and attended St. Mary’s Academy with her sister Emma Talbot (1868-1938; who later married cleric M. T. M. Harding). She served as Principal of Fort Rouge School (1891-1899), Machray School (1899-1904), and Carlton School (1905-1906). On 18 October 1906, she married cleric Samuel Pritchard Matheson. They had two daughters: Margaret Talbot Matheson (1907-2006, wife of Edmund Henry “Harry” Botterell, daughter-in-law of John Esterbrooke Botterell) and Mary Matheson (?-?). She died at her Winnipeg home, 91 Kingsway Avenue, on 5 July 1949. She is believed to be commemorated by Talbot Avenue in Winnipeg.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Archbishop Harding’s wife dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 1938, page 1.

“Archbishop Matheson dies at age of 89,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1942, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1949, page 21.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by Wilfred Gilbert Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

Obituary [Edmund Henry Botterell], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 1997, page 29.

Obituary [Margaret Talbot Botterell], The Globe and Mail, 28 February 2006.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 November 2021

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