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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Gardner Taylor (1874-1949)

Educator, businessman.

Born at Brampton, Ontario on 11 May 1874, son of William Taylor and Marietta Jane Plummer, he arrived at Swan River in January 1901 where he served as the Principal of Swan River School (1901-1905) and Minitonas School (1905-1906). In 1905, he founded Pioneer Insurance and Land Agency, operating the business until his death in July 1949. On 14 August 1902, he married Joanna Ethel Logan, daughter of Thomas Logan, at Portage la Prairie. They had two children: Florence Taylor (1905-1990, wife of Eric Lee Hinchliffe) and Elmer Logan “Bill” Taylor (1907-1978). Active in community affairs, including the Swan River Board of Trade and Swan River Valley Agricultural Society. He died at Swan River on 19 July 1949. He is commemorated by Taylor Elementary School in Swan River.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Swan River School No. 1047 / Taylor Elementary School (Second Street North, Swan River)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Tread of the Pioneers by Joseph H. Metcalfe, 1932.

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

“Congratulations,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 May 1943, page 19.

“R. G. Taylor dies suddenly at Swan River,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 July 1949, page 13.

Obituary [E. L. “Bill” Taylor], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 1978, page 198.

“Taylor’s Pioneer Agency [advertisement],” Swan Valley Star and Times, 21 July 1983, page 31.

Obituary [Florence Hinchliffe], Swan Valley Star and Times, 11 January 1990, page 2.

Boots, Buggies & Buses: Swan Valley Schools in Quest of Education, Swan Valley School Division No. 35, circa 1998.

“Cook & Cook insurance / financial [advertisement],” Swan Valley Star and Times, 1 March 2005, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 May 2015

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