A Town Named After a Baby
|19 January 2012|
I’ve blogged about babies named after locations before, so here’s something different: a location named after a baby.
The town of Wainwright in Alberta, Canada, was named for Wainwright Marguerite Forster, “the first baby born in the community of 30 settlers in 1908.”
Ms. Forster, in turn, had been named after William Wainwright, who was then the vice president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. (The town was on the Grand Trunk line.)
During the town’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 1958, Wainwright said: “I am very proud of the town and of the fact that it bears my name. It’s a strange first name for a woman and one that has caused quite a bit of confusion, believe me.”
Source: “Gave Wainwright its Name.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 20 Jun. 1958: 8.