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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest James Motley (1868-1940)


Born at Hayden, Ontario on 23 August 1868, he came to Winnipeg at the age of 16 years, finishing his education at the Normal School. Then he taught at Carman School, Crystal City School, and Neepawa (c1898-1902). Returning to Winnipeg, he was Principal of Isbister School, Alexandra School, and finally John M. King School (1922-1935). He retired in 1935 and volunteered at the Institute for the Blind. He and wife Abby Anna McKibbin (1865-1941) had two daughters: Aileen Motley and Edith Bertha Motley (b 1902). He was a member of the Schoolmasters’ Club, Granite Curling Club, and Assiniboine Golf Club. He died at his Winnipeg home, 197 Langside Street, on 1 June 1940 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Noted teacher dies, aged 72,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 June 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 94]

“E. J. Motley dies; was teacher half a century,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1940, page 2.

“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940”, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2014

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