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Memorable Manitobans: Clifford Knox Rogers (1889-1968)

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Clifford Knox Rogers
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Educator, school inspector.

Born at Aitkin, Minnesota on 18 July 1889, son of lumberman Harrison Wilmot Rogers (1859-1945) and Emily Elizabeth Knox (1865-1941), they returned to the Rogers family farm near Northampton, New Brunswick where he spent his childhood. After attending the Woodstock High School, where he met his future wife, and the Fredericton Normal School (1906-1907), he taught school in New Brunswick for one and a half years. He moved to Manitoba in January 1909 and taught at several rural schools for 16 years, including Gretna School (1909), Tyndall School (1909), Rathwell School (1912-1917), Glenboro School (1918-1923), and Carman School (1923-1925).

In 1925, he was appointed a School Inspector at Gladstone and later served as Deputy Minister of Education. In 1956, he was Chief School Inspector for Manitoba, later becoming Registrar for the Manitoba Department of Education. He also served as Supervisor of Teacher Supply, Editor of the Manitoba School Journal, Secretary of the Boundaries Commission, and a member of the Board of Reference. He was President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1947-1948).

On 20 August 1912, he married fellow teacher Alice Ethel Hanson (1887-1978) at the First Baptist Church in Winnipeg. They had a son, Francis Knox Rogers (1917-2000).

In June 1960, he moved back to Woodstock, New Brunswick where he died on 20 February 1968.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census [C. K. Rodgers], Ancestry.

Black & Gold, Gretna School, 1937. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5649.G74 Gre]

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“City inspector will head Normal School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 1957, page 3.

“Education department honors C. K. Rogers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 34]

“Friends pay tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Rogers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 June 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 34]

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Tyndall, Manitoba: 1893-1993 by Tyndall History Book Committee, Steinbach: Derksen Printers, 1993, page 58.

Clifford Knox Rogers, Geni.

We thank David W. Rogers for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2019

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