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Memorable Manitobans: Florence Edith McTavish Rogers (1876-1947)

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Florence Edith MacTavish Rogers
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Feminist, MLA (1921-1922), MLA (1923-1927), MLA (1927-1932).

Born at Norway House on 26 April 1876, daughter of HBC Chief Factor D. C. McTavish and Lydia Christie (?-1886), great-granddaughter of Alexander Christie, niece of A. M. Campbell. In the 1920 general election, she became the first woman to be elected to the Manitoba Legislature, as a Liberal representing Winnipeg. In 1921, she introduced the legislation that incorporated the Winnipeg Foundation. An active advocate of the Child Welfare Act, she was re-elected in 1922 and 1927. During the First World War she was very involved in volunteer work, and was particularly active in social-welfare work, including a term as President of the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg (1919-1933). She served as the only woman on the Winnipeg General Hospital Board, and was secretary of the Central Council of the Battalion Auxiliaries.

On 1 June 1898, she married Robert Arthur Rogers with whom she had four children: Margaret MacTavish Rogers, Jean Emily Rogers (1901-?, wife of Arthur Gorham Lawson), Enid Rogers (1903-1990), and John A. Rogers.

She moved to Ontario in 1942 and died at Colborne on 19 April 1947. She was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. There are papers at the Archives of Manitoba.

See also:

Some Women Candidates for the Manitoba Legislature by Linda McDowell
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 32, 1975-76 Season

Edith Rogers by Gail Konantz, Peguis Publishers, 1981.


Birth and marriage registrations [Jean Emily Rogers], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Mrs. Edith Rogers dies in Colborne,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 1947. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Enid Rogers dies,” Colborne Chronicle, 25 July 1990.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

From Women’s Hands: An Object Biography of the McTavish Collection by Angela Fey, MA (Native Studies), University of Manitoba, 2017.

We thank Anne Lindsay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 June 2019

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