Memorable Manitobans: Elsie Elizabeth Moore (1880-1965)
Born at Hamilton, Ontario on 10 December 1880, daughter of John Samuel Moore (1845-1911) and Mathilde Marie Bulmer Moore (1851-1933), she moved to Winnipeg at a young age. She attended Wesley College (presently University of Winnipeg) and received her BA (1902). For thirty years she taught in the Winnipeg School Division, first at La Verendrye School and then at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (1923-1942), retiring in 1942. She was a member of the Overseas Education League, founded in 1910 by Frederick James Ney. The organization facilitated teacher exchanges between Canada and countries within the British Empire. She travelled on the League’s first tour to Europe and a few years later served as President of the University Women’s Club (1915-1917). When representatives of the University Women’s Clubs of Canada met in Winnipeg in 1919 to organize the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), she was one of the first eight officers of the Federation and was in charge of membership that year. During the 1930s, she lived with her sister Rosalie Moore (1889-1945) at Suite 15, 44 Hargrave Street (Kenilworth Court), and later at 2A, 1 Roslyn Road (Locarno Apartments). At the Club’s Golden Anniversary in 1959, she was honoured with a life membership and in October 1965 she was recipient of a Past President’s pin at a clubhouse dinner meeting. At age 85, she died suddenly at her Winnipeg residence, 902-71 Roslyn Road, on 3 November 1965 and is interred in a family plot at St. John’s Cemetery. She had been a member at Holy Trinity Church.
Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.
“Miss Elsie Moore is new University Women’s Club of Winnipeg, President” Manitoba Free Press, 18 May 1915.
Obituary [Mathilde Marie Bulmer Moore], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1933, page 6.
“University Women’s Club is among twenty-fivers which look backward with pride,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 May 1934 page 13.
“Overseas Education League 25th anniversary observed by large group of teachers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 March 1935 page 15.
Obituary [Rosalie Moore ], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1945, page 21.
“Pin presentation,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1965.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1965 page 32.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
A Brief History of CFUW [Canadian Federation of University Women]. [CFUW Mississauga, Ontario, 2009] 10 pages.
St. John’s Cemetery Records. Winnipeg, Manitoba.
We thank Beverly Sorensen for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by June Dutka.
Page revised: 21 May 2017
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