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Memorable Manitobans: Elgin Adams Blakely (1854-1937)

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Elgin Adams Blakely
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Educator, physician, administrator.

Born at Cherry Valley, Ontario on 4 November 1854, son of William Brock Blakely and Lucy Adams, he was educated at the high schools of Picton and Napanee, and the Toronto Normal School. He came to Winnipeg in 1881, passed a teachers’ examination, and taught at Argyle School (1881-1882) and Central School (1882-1883). He later resigned to undertake studies in medicine, graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1889. In November 1889, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Education. He later operated a hospital at Seven Sisters Falls. On 24 September 1890, he married Arminda Myrtle Law (1855-?), daughter of Abraham Law of Richmond Hill, Ontario, who was Manitoba President of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. He died on 8 September 1937 and was buried at Cherry Valley, Ontario.


“The public schools,” Winnipeg Daily Sun, 8 September 1881, page 4.

The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Dr Elgin Adams Blakely, FindAGrave.

We thank Muriel Walton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 November 2019

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