Memorable Manitobans: Olive Elsie Knox (1903-1982)
Born at Fort Stewart, Ontario on 21 January 1903, daughter of Elsie Ann Lebeau (1879-1962) and Rev. George David Robinson (1877-1950), sister of Leslie George Robinson, she lived in South Dakota from 1909 to 1915 and Saskatchewan before arriving in Manitoba, where she attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and received BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba.
She taught school for a time then, on 25 December 1924, married fellow teacher Harold Cyrus Knox. They had one daughter, Joy Eileen Knox (?-1993, wife of James Corder Davis). She began writing in the 1940s, including children’s stories, radio plays, newspaper articles, and several books, many on Western Canadian historical themes, including:
Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
She served as President of the Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Authors’ Association. She returned to teaching in the late 1950s, working at Churchill High School (1959-1964). In 1970, she was awarded a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society.
She died at Winnipeg on 12 March 1982.
Birth registration, Ancestry.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, Winnipeg,” Manitoba Calling, May 1944, page 17.
“Mrs. Knox is hostess at trousseau tea,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1949, page 16.
Obituary [Mrs. George D. Robinson], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1962, page 32.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1982, page 37.
Obituary [Joy Eileen Davis], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1993, page 54.
George Leslie Robinson, FamilySearch.
We thank Carrie Guilbault and Mike Murtha for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 February 2023