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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 (c1868-1938; 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 P. Matheson. They had two daughters: Margaret Talbot Matheson (wife of Dr. E. H. Botterell, daughter-in-law of J. E. Botterell) and Marie 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.

Marriage registration, 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 W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 July 2020

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