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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 married Ethel Louella Winnifred Walker (1892-1974) on 27 June 1917 at the home of her parents at Hallboro.

He taught in rural Manitoba 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 mid-year, following the Brandon Ultimatum, his contract was terminated. He then moved to Winnipeg where he was Principal of Woodhaven School (1922-1923) and a teacher at Success Business College (1924-1925). In July 1918, he was a founding member of the organization that ultimately became the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.

The family moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan by 1932 and later to Vancouver, British Columbia. He eventually returned to Saskatoon where he died on 29 December 1953.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Social and personal,” Manitoba 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: 2 May 2022

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