Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Laidlaw (1865-1926)
Born at Dumfrieshire, Scotland on 18 December 1865, he emigrated to Manitoba in 1886 and worked on a farm. He then spent three years in the Winnipeg High School and Normal School, graduating in 1891. After teaching for a few years at Portage la Prairie and Carberry School, he served successively as the Principal of Carlton School (1899-1905), Alexandra School (1905-1913), and Greenway School (1913-1926) where he remained until his death. He was President of the Schoolmasters’ Club and also the Manitoba Educational Association, and a member of the Board of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Retirement Fund. He died at Winnipeg on 11 April 1926 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Thomas Laidlaw, well known teacher, dies”, Manitoba Free Press, 12 April 1926.
“Many friends attend burial of T. Laidlaw,” undated newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 August 2015
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