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Memorable Manitobans: William Wallace Kingdon Maxwell (1884-1972)

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William Wallace Kingdon Maxwell
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Born at Moore’s Mill, New Brunswick on 9 May 1884, son of William Sidney Maxwell and Joanna Campbell, he graduated with a BA (?) from the University of Manitoba and later completed, via correspondence, a BPaed (1926) from the University of Toronto. He arrived at Winnipeg as early as March 1907, staying in the Brunswick Hotel, and was Secretary-Treasurer of the Winnipeg Enjoyment Club (1908-?). On 6 August 1910, he married Mabel Cleora Sherwood (1883-1976) at Winnipeg and had three children: Wallace Kingdon Maxwell, Eleanor Sherwood Maxwell (1919-?), and Gerald Maxwell (c1920-?).

Between 1911 and 1916, he worked locally and in Selkirk as a confectioner, followed with employment as an accountant for Continental Oil (1918), a vocational instructor at the Manitoba College (1919), and teacher at Success Business College (1920) before joining the Winnipeg School District in May 1920. He taught (1920-1945), was Acting Principal (fall 1943, covering during an illness to James S. Little), and Vice-Principal (1945-1949) of Kelvin High School. He succeeded James C. Pincock as Secretary-Treasurer (1921-1922) of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association, and served as its President (1935-1936). Following retirement during the summer of 1945, he moved to British Columbia, residing at Victoria. He died at Pine Crest Private Lodge at Burnaby on 24 October 1972.


Birth registrations, New Brunswick Vital Statistics.

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1911, 1916, 1921, & 1926 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

“Personals [W. K. Maxwell],” Manitoba Free Press, 6 March 1907, page 12.

“City and general [A most successful meeting of the ...],” Manitoba Free Press, 8 jan 1908, page 9.

“2 vocational school instructors are mauled,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 January 1919, page 2.

Births [Maxwell], Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1919, page 21.

“42 teachers are added to staff,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 May 1920, page 19.

“Braille library will honor memory of Mrs. D. M’Intyre,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 November 1921, page 1.

“Degree in Pedagogy for Winnipeg teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 June 1926, page 10.

“Manitoba teachers win degrees,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 June 1926, page 11.

“Prove value of public school business course,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 May 1927, page 1.

“Head of schools denies excessive homework charge,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1935, page 3.

“W. K. Maxwell city teachers' new president,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 November 1935, page 6.

“Miss Eleanor Maxwell,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 June 1941, page 11.

“Kelvin team gets trophy,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 November 1943, page 16.

“School trustees in deadlock on request for more holidays,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1943, page 18.

“Board approves school principals,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 June 1945, page 2.

“Vice-Principals named,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 June 1945, page 5.

“Tea honors 29 retiring school board teachers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1949, page 3.

“Occupational classes get approval ‘for year only’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1949, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 october 1972, page 31.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Johnston family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 October 2019

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