Pomeroy, Elsie May

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Elsie May Pomeroy was born in Fullarton, Ontario in 1886, the daughter of Richard H. Pomeroy (1859-1944) and Susan (Davis) (1860-?). She had a long career as a teacher in St. Thomas and Toronto secondary schools, being employed by the Toronto Board of Education from 1914 until her retirement in 1949. She also briefly worked as an exchange teacher in London, England following the First World War. She was a member of the Women Teachers Federations of Toronto and Ontario, the Federation of Women Teachers Association of Ontario, and the Toronto Local Council of Women, and wrote and published several articles on education, educators, and lesser known Canadian authors (many of whom were women). She was close friends with poet Sir Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943) and published Sir Charles G.D. Roberts: A Biography in 1943. The two met in 1926, when Roberts convinced Pomeroy to join the Toronto branch of the Canadian Authors Association, of which he was president. Pomeroy herself would go on to serve as the branch’s president between 1947 and 1950. Pomeroy was a great admirer of Roberts’ work and was chosen by Roberts himself to write his biography. She continued to write articles and give talks about him well after his death in 1943. Pomeroy also wrote biographical works and essays on G.B. Lancaster (Edith Joan Lyttleton) (1948), Mary Electa Adams (1949), Arthur Stringer (1962), and Archibald Lampman (1964), all of whom feature prominently in her records. Elsie Pomeroy died in Newmarket, Ontario in 1968.


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