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Memorable Manitobans: George Joseph Reeve (1886-1968)

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Born at Leicestershire, England, he graduated from Oxford University, with an honours degree in modern history before coming to Winnipeg in 1912. He taught at St. John’s College (1912-1913), St. John’s High School (1913-1914), and Kelvin High School (1914-1915) then returned to St. John’s where he remained for the rest of his career, including a 26-year stint as Principal (1925-1952). He wrote a textbook on Canadian history for use in schools: Canada: Its History and Progress, 1000-1925 (1926). In 1951, he wrote Canadian Pageant in collaboration with R. O. MacFarlane. He was a member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Winnipeg Schoolmasters’ Club, Granite Curling Club, and St. John’s Anglican Cathedral. He was married with six children. After retirement from teaching in 1952, he was elected as a trustee for the Winnipeg School Division. He died at Winnipeg on 19 November 1968.

See also:

One Hundred Years of History Teaching in Manitoba Schools. Part 1: 1897-1927 by Ken Osborne
Manitoba History, Number 36, Autumn/Winter 1998-1999


“Hot school board fight shaping,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 October 1954, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 November 1968, page 58.

“George Joseph Reeve,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1968, page 19.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 July 2015

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