Generation V Parent
Robert James (Jim) McClanahan
b. Jan. 11, 1903 - d. Nov. 4, 1998
Gertrude Amy Hilda Gibson
b. Feb. 19, 1903 - d. Mar. 28, 1981
¹The picture above was sent to me by Gertrude's granddaughter, Susan Finlay. The caption clearly says: "Coulson Public School was taught by Miss Gibson in 1926-27." She is in the middle of the back row. This does not fit with Robert's account; perhaps she taught for a year at Coulson before she moved north to teach at Quibell.
²Photo from Wm. T. McClanahan's collection.
³Photo from Elaine Finlay's collection.
(Robert J. McClanahan, 2005)
Jim was born in Belwood, Ontario. He went to Fergus High School and then on to Normal School in 1922. He tried a year of engineering at University of Toronto but this didn't turn out to be his "line" and he returned to the idea of teaching. He taught in several country schools in southern Ontario then at Quibell in northwestern Ontario, near Dryden. He was principal at Quibell when Gertrude Gibson took her first position as teacher there in 1926¹. They were married Jan. 21, 1928. Gertrude was born in Collingwood, Ontario.
Siblings: Tom, Florence and Jim McClanahan²
In 1931 the family moved to Haileybury, Ont. where Jim was principal of the Public School for 15 years or so. After a stint of army duty in North Bay, he moved to Kirkland Lake and taught at several schools in the area. Upon retiring in 1965, he and Gertrude moved to London. A part-time position with the University of Western Ontario map library kept him busy until a second retirement in 1976.
They were bird watchers and enjoyed four trips to Europe. Gertrude died on March 28, 1981 but Jim stayed in their house until Nov., 1995 when he moved to a retirement home, Chelsea Park, in London. He moved to Sun Parlor Home for senior citizens in Leamington on Jan. 3, 1998 to be closer to Bob and Erla. There his leg and foot problems gradually kept him more confined. Bob and Erla were at his side when he died Nov. 4, 1998. He was buried in London beside Gertrude.
Jim and Gertrude on their 50th Anniversary, 1978³.
Robert Joseph McClanahan b. 1929 in Rainy River, Ont.
Florence Elsie McClanahan b. 1929 in Rainy River, Ont.
Gertrude Elaine McClanahan b. 1932 in Haileybury, Ont.