REV. CANON EDWARD K. MATHESON.
In 1912 Rev. Edward K. Matheson was made a Canon of the Church
of England. He has been a minister in the Anglican church for years
and for some thirty-five years has made his home in Battleford. He was
born on the 21st of April, 1855, in Kildonan, Manitoba, a son of Hugh
and Letitia (Pritchard) Matheson, likewise natives of Manitoba. His
father taught school in early manhood and later engaged in farming,
which he followed the remainder of his active life. He died in June,
1864. Mrs. Matheson died on the 26th of February, 1909.
The public schools of his birthplace afforded Edward K. Matheson his
preliminary education and later he attended St. John's College School
and Emmanuel College at Prince Albert, from which latter institution
he was graduated in 1882. It was in that institution that he studied
for the ministry and he was ordained on the 2d of May, 1880, two years
prior to his graduation. He was stationed at Lethbridge two years and
since that time has held various charges in Saskatchewan. He has
resided in the old town of Battleford since 1888. When Mr. Matheson
came west in 1877 he walked all of the way from Winnipeg, driving oxen
who drew Red River carts containing his household goods. There was no
town at Battleford then and he located at Sandy Lake, where he engaged
in school teaching for several years. Later he had charge of the Indian
Industrial School in Battleford, being active in that connection for nearly
twenty years. He was appointed superintendent of Indian Missions in
1914, and has since been active in that position. In 1912 Mr. Matheson
was made Canon of the Church of England. He is one of the most highly
esteemed and respected men in the district and is widely known for his
charity and kindliness.
Mr. Matheson has been twice married. He was married to Miss
Josephine K. Raymond of London, Ontario, on the 15th of June, 1892,
and they had three children, all of whom died young. Mrs. Matheson's
death occurred on the 24th of May, 1903. On the 1st of June, 1905, Mr.
Matheson was married to Miss Eleanor Sheppird, a graduate of the
Church of England Deaconess House, Toronto, Ontario. They were the
parents of one child, who has passed away. Mr. Matheson is an exemplary
member of the Masonic craft, of which he is a past master. He has a won-
derful collection of relics which he acquired from time to time and is
very fond of exhibiting them. As a pioneer citizen of Battleford he has
been influential in the continued growth of the community.
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