Memorable Manitobans: Florence Edith McTavish Rogers (1876-1947)
Born at Norway House on 26 April 1876, daughter of HBC Chief Factor D. C. McTavish and Lydia Christie (?-1886), great-granddaughter of Alexander Christie, niece of A. M. Campbell. In the 1920 general election, she became the first woman to be elected to the Manitoba Legislature, as a Liberal representing Winnipeg. In 1921, she introduced the legislation that incorporated the Winnipeg Foundation. An active advocate of the Child Welfare Act, she was re-elected in 1922 and 1927. During the First World War she was very involved in volunteer work, and was particularly active in social-welfare work, including a term as President of the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg (1919-1933). She served as the only woman on the Winnipeg General Hospital Board, and was secretary of the Central Council of the Battalion Auxiliaries.
On 1 June 1898, she married Robert Arthur Rogers with whom she had four children: Margaret MacTavish Rogers, Jean Emily Rogers (1901-?, wife of Arthur Gorham Lawson), Enid Rogers (1903-1990), and John A. Rogers.
Birth and marriage registrations [Jean Emily Rogers], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Enid Rogers dies,” Colborne Chronicle, 25 July 1990.
From Women’s Hands: An Object Biography of the McTavish Collection by Angela Fey, MA (Native Studies), University of Manitoba, 2017.
We thank Anne Lindsay for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 June 2019
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