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Memorable Manitobans: Harry Crowson Ashdown (1885-1971)


Born at Winnipeg on 25 June 1885, son of James Henry Ashdown and Susan Crowson (1860-1928), he was educated at Alexandra School, Worcester Academy (Worcester, Massachusetts), and Wesley College. He joined his father’s hardware company and worked there for 58 years until his retirement as President in 1968. On 2 February 1916, he married Grace Vincent Langlois (1896-1980) at Winnipeg and they had two sons, James Harry Ashdown (1922-2009) and Philip Langlois Ashdown. He received an honorary degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1968. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Winnipeg General Hospital, Margaret Scott Nursing Mission, YMCA, and Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature. He was associated with the Boy Scouts organization and the church extension committee of the United Church of Canada. He was a member of the Newcommon Society of England, St. Charles Country Club, and Manitoba Club. He died at Winnipeg on 30 November 1971 and was buried in St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Many active in city’s life today attended Alexandra” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1949.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 December 1971, page 36.

Obituary [James Harry Ashdown], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 2009.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2018

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