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Memorable Manitobans: George James Elliott (1868-1948)

Educator, cleric.

Born at Emily, Victoria County, Ontario on 13 December 1868, he came to Manitoba in the 1890s. He obtained a first-class teaching certificate in 1894 and, while attending Wesley College, he was posted as a theology student at several Methodist missions, including Gilbert Plains (1894-1895), Louise Bridge Methodist Mission (1897), and the Neepawa district (1897). He graduated from Wesley College (Arts and Divinity) around 1898, later returning to obtain his Master of Arts (1928) from the University of Manitoba.

Following ordination as a minister at Zion Methodist Church in June 1898, he served a Methodist congregation at Pincher Creek, Alberta and was in Saskatchewan by 1903, later at Weyburn (c1906-1907). He returned to Winnipeg in 1909 and entered the teaching profession. He was the Principal at Britannia School (1910-1912), Ninga School (1915-1916), Manitou School (1916-1918), and McKenzie School (1920-1921), and Centennial School (1921-1931). In addition to serving on the executive of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, he was also Secretary of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation for four years. He edited the Manitoba Teachers’ Society publication, The Manitoba Teacher, and collaborated in the writing and editing of textbooks.

On 27 December 1899, he married Marguerite “Margaret” Maley at Neepawa and they had one son: Thomas Maxwell Maley “Tom” Elliott (1903-?). At the time of his death, they resided at 318 Kingsway Avenue, Winnipeg. He was a member of the United Church and Masonic Order.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 26 August 1948 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Marriage registrations [Marguerite Males & Geo Jas Elliott], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Birth registration [Tom Maxwell Maley Elliott], Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.

“University council,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 March 1895, page 5.

“Conference stations [VII. Neepawa District],” Manitoba Free Press, 21 June 1894, page 5.

“Methodist Ministers [VI. Neepawa District],” Manitoba Free Press, 14 June 1895, page 3.

“University exam’s,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 May 1896, page 6.

“Wesley College,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 May 1897, page 8.

“Methodist Conference [Winnipeg District],” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 June 1897, page 4.

“Methodist meeting,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 May 1898, page 6.

“Annual district meeting of the Methodist Conference,” Gladstone Age, 2 June 1897, page 1.

“Methodist Conference,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 June 1898, page 5.

“Methodist Conference [XIII. Calgary District],” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 June 1900, page 6.

1901, 1906, and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“The West a land of Churches [Weyburn Methodist Church],” Manitoba Free Press, 30 April 1907, page 21.

“Teacher denies Canada becomes Americanized,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 October 1930, page 3.

“Retired teacher, G. J. Elliott dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1948, page 11. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 37]

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 26 August 1948, page 26.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden, Nathan Kramer, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 March 2018

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