Memorable Manitobans: Laura Loma Bocock Meiklejohn (1903-1990)
Born at Gilbert Plains on 28 January 1903, second daughter of John Robert Bocock (?-1927) and Alida Ann Rowe (?-1946), she moved with her to Wilkie, Saskatchewan in 1926 where they farmed until 1923. They then moved to a homestead at White Fox, Saskatchewan. After completing her education at the Saskatoon Collegiate, she attended the Regina Normal School before teaching at several rural schools then the public school at Battleford from 1924 to her marriage.
In 1926, she married Edgar Sinclair Meiklejohn (1896-1953) of Wilkie, Saskatchewan and they had a daughter. They farmed there until the spring of 1940 when they moved to the Nipawin area. She resumed teaching in the fall of 1941.
In 1948, they moved to The Pas where her husband operated a pulpwood and lumber business for the Provincial Gravel and Coal Company of Winnipeg. By 1949, they were living at Mafeking where she taught at Mafeking School for three years. After the death of her husband, she moved to Swan River where she taught at Heyes School and was its Principal (1953-1955, 1958-1963) with the exception of one year (1957-1958) teaching at Taylor School. She was the Principal at Kenville School (1964-1965) then retired in 1965.
“Funeral service for E. S. Meiklejohn,” Swan Valley Star and Times, 19 March 1953, page 1.
Obituary, Swan Valley Star and Times, 8 November 1990, page 10.
We thank Ed Dubray for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 June 2022