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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Scott Rose (1858-1928)

Educator, School Inspector.

Born at Iroquois, Ontario on 14 June 1858, he was the Principal of Deloraine School (?-1891) and joined the Winnipeg School District around January 1892, as Principal of Central School No. 1 [Albert School] (1892-1893). In September 1893, he stepped down to replace Hugh S. MacLean as School Inspector (1893-1905) for the Southwestern District based in Brandon. Next, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Brandon School District (1905-1908) after which he continued to work for the district through 1910. He was also a founding member of the Brandon Parks Board (?-?, Chairman 1907-1909) and served as the first President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1905-1906).

He married Margaret Emily Imlach (1862-1943) and they had five sons: Charles Donald Rose (1894-1923), Kenneth MacCallum Rose (1897-1911), Grant Alexander Rose (1899-1948), Hugh Paget Rose (1901-1980), and John Murray Rose (1904-?). The family lived at 2315 Rosser Avenue, Brandon.

He left Brandon to work at the Saskatoon Normal School (1912-1921), from which he resigned due to ill health and returned to the family residence in Brandon. Around 1925, he returned to Saskatchewan to be Librarian of the [Saskatchewan] Provincial Mental Hospital (c1925-1928), serving until his death. He died at Weyburn, Saskatchewan on 23 November 1928 and his body was returned to Manitoba for burial in the Brandon Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1906 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Brandon Cemetery transcriptions.

“Western teachers,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 October 1891, page 1.

“Cook County Normal,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 January 1892, page 5.

“An indignant dad,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 November 1892, page 5.

“Corporal punishment,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 16 November 1892, page 5.

“Fire at Central School,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 18 November 1892, page 4.

“Change in school staff,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 February 1892, page 6.

“Normal School teachers,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 25 August 1893, page 8.

“New School houses,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 September 1893, page 5.

“A new principal,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 September 1893, page 8.

“Supervisor for the city schools,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 5 January 1905, page 12.

“New Chairman Parks Board,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 21 November 1907, page 2.

“Parks Board’s new officers,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 6 February 1908, page 20.

“Supt. Rose is seriously ill,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 6 February 1908, page 20.

“Mr. Rose improving,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 13 February 1908, page 1

“Board organized,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 13 January 1910, Part Two page 2.

“Alex S. Rose, pioneer school master, dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 November 1928, page 2.

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

Memoirs of a School Inspector: Edward E. Best, 1888-1932 by Gladys M. Best and Hazel M. McFadyen, c1977. [Copy in library of the Manitoba Historical Society]

Rose family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 December 2020

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