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Memorable Manitobans: James Tod (1869-1930)

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James Tod
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Educator, school inspector.

Born at Brinsley, Ontario on 5 April 1869, brother of David Smith Tod, he was educated at the Lucan High School and the Ottawa Normal School. He came to Manitoba in 1895 and taught at Shoal Lake School, Melgund School (1897-1900), and in Brandon. He was Principal of the La Riviere High School (1909-1913) and Crystal City High School (1912-1916). In 1915, during the First World War, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at Amiens in 1917. On his return from military service, in 1919 he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector in the Interlake district, later serving in the southeastern district.

He and wife Agnes Bertha Mathews (?-?) had four daughters: Christine Tod (1898-?, mother of Marjory McGillivray Gillies), Charlotte Alexandra Tod (1902-?), Bertha Agnes Tod (1903-?), and Genevieve Tod (1906-?).

He died at his Winnipeg home, 115 Queenston Street, on 7 May 1930 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“James Tod dies at his home early this morning,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 May 1930, page 1.

“Many attend funeral of Inspector James Tod,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 May 1930, page 13.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 March 2020

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