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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Henry Clifford Maxwell (1900-1970)

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Gordon Henry Clifford Maxwell
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Educator.

Born at Boissevain on 26 January 1900, son of Henry Maxwell (1859-1904) and Catherine Caraline [Caroline] Hammond (1861-1951), he attended school (1916) in Township 1 Range 17W in the Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain. By 1921, he had moved near Hayfield at 25-8-20W. On 23 September 1926, he married Lily Lucy Eliza Belleau (c1900-1980) at Winnipeg and had a daughter, Lucille Marie Maxwell (1930-?, wife of Gordon E. Miller). By 1929, they took up residence off Burrows Avenue in Winnipeg and he worked as a bookkeeper for the Canadian Watchman Press (c1929). Around 1930, he attended teacher training and subsequently held an observation and practise-teaching role at Machray School (1931). He was Principal of Birds Hill School (1933-1936) followed by teaching at Norberry School (1936-1939, 1945) and Glenwood School (1939-1944). They briefly relocated to Burnaby, British Columbia (where his mother resided) in 1946 before moving to the United States in 1947. He worked at Walla Walla College in Washington state, became a naturalized American citizen in June 1948 and later taught in Oregon. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Loma Linda. He died 16 January 1970 and was buried at Montecito Memorial Park in San Bernardino County, California.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations [Catherine Caraline Maxwell], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

1916, 1921, and 1926 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

“Large attendance at dedication service,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 July 1925, page 10.

“Normal School notes [Gordon Maxwell, Machray],” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 November 1931, page 8.

“D. B. Moorhead is elected to head Teachers’ Assn.” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1933, page 7.

“Lucille Miller -- alone with her memories,” San Bernardino County Sun [Sun Telegram], 6 December 1964, page B1.

“Miller love affair reviewed,” San Bernardino County Sun [Daily Sun], 25 February 1965, page 2.

“Miller trail jurors reach no decision by day's end,” San Bernardino County Sun [Daily Sun], 3 March 1965, page 1.

“Spectarular care fire,” Redlands Daily Facts, 18 October 1965, page 4.

“Mrs. Miller dry-eyes in last baby visit,” The Independent [Long Beach, California], 10 June 1965, page A7.

“Mrs. Miller returned behind prison bars,” Redlands Daily Facts, 11 June 1965, page 14.

“Gordon H. Maxwell, teacher,” San Bernardino County Sun [Sun Telegram], 18 January 1970, page 20.

“Lily Maxwell. Loma Linda,” San Bernardino County Sun, 13 April 1980, page B8.

Glenwood School Daily Registers, Le Centre du patrimoine of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.

United States Border Crossings from Canada to US, Ancestry.

United States Naturalization Records, Ancestry.

Montecito Memorial Park burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 June 2019

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