Memorable Manitobans: William John Gordon Scott (1885-1953)
Born at Dominion City on 25 December 1885, son of Thomas Hempton Scott (1857-1924) and Janet Mitchell Dickson (1866-1951), he attended Central Normal School (1906) at Winnipeg and obtained a BA from Queens’ University. On 27 June 1917, he married Ethel Louella Winnifred Walker (1892-1974) at the home of her parents at Hallboro and they had a son, Kenneth Gordon Scott.
He taught in rural Manitoba, including at Suthwyn School (1906-1907), Brant School (1908), and Medora School (1912-1913), and later was Principal of Minto School (1914-1915), Roland School (1916-1919), Brickburn School (1919-1921), and Whitemouth School (1922), after which he moved to Brandon where he taught History at the Brandon Collegiate. In July 1918, he was a founding member of the organization that ultimately became the Manitoba Teachers’ Society and served as the Western Section representative (?-1922) to the Advisory Board of Education.
In mid-1922, following the Brandon Ultimatum, his contract was terminated. He moved to Winnipeg where he was Principal of Woodhaven School (1922-1923) and a teacher at Success Business College (1924-1925). The family moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan around 1930 and later to Vancouver, British Columbia.
He eventually returned to Saskatoon where he died on 29 December 1953.
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“Qualified to teach,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 June 1909, page 18.
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“Departmental method,” Brandon Daily Sun, 25 August 1922, page 6.
“Educational Instruction [High School & Public School Subjects],” Manitoba Free Press, 29 October 1924, page 20.
“Deaths and funerals [J. W. Walker, who died recently ...],” Manitoba Free Press, 1 June 1928, page 11.
“Social and personal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 February 1932, page 11.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
First Century of Langford, 1891-1991 by the Langford Centennial History Book Committee, 1990.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
Our Simpson family tree again, Ancestry.
We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 24 February 2023