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Memorable Manitobans: Rebecca Walker Rodgers (1858-1939)


Born at Tilsonburg, Ontario on 25 December 1858, she came to Winnipeg in 1885 and worked as a teacher at Carlton School. She was appointed Principal of Isbister School in 1898, serving until 1902. After a leave of absence, she taught at the Central Collegiate until becoming Primary Supervisor in 1911, a position that she held until retirement in 1927. She served on the original board of the Winnipeg YWCA, formed in 1897, and was a long-time member of Knox United Church. She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 18 October 1939 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


“Work after two months holidays,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1903, page 3.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Rebecca Rodgers, teachers, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 1939, page 7.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 May 2021

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