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Memorable Manitobans: Duncan Alexander Baxter (1872-1964)


Born at Caledon Hills, Ontario in July 1872, he began teaching at the age of 19 years, in a one-room school at Caledon. He later came to Manitoba where he was Principal at Binscarth School (1905-1907), Portage la Prairie (c1911), Holland School (1912-1913), and Transcona High School (1913-1938). He quit in 1938 following a dispute with the Transcona School Board, having missed only two days in his entire teaching career. He died at Georgetown, Ontario on 11 April 1964 and was buried in St. Andrew’s Cemetery at Caledon, Ontario.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Baxter backers, 500 out of 1,150 join strike of Transcona school pupils,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 June 1938, page 1.

“Teacher absent only two days in 50 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1956, page 4.

“Mrs. Margaret Baxter,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1959, page 37.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 1964, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 March 2013

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