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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Laidlaw (1865-1926)

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Thomas Laidlaw
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Educator.

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.

Sources:

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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