Memorable Manitobans: John Albert Christilaw (1872-1934)
Educator, physician, merchant.
While teaching at Meadow Lea School, he met Mary Haney (1878-?), and they wed at her parents’ residence in Rural Municipality of Woodlands on 18 July 1900. They had twins: Emerson Goldwin Christilaw and Blanche Alberta Christilaw (1904-?, wife of Frederick Cecil Moore), both whom became teachers. The family lived in the Rural Municipality of Westbourne (1904), and then near (1906) and at (1908-1912) Keyes where he operated a general goods, clothing, and hardware store, in which period he may have also taught in the vicinity. He sold his business in the latter half of 1912 and then underwent medical training, becoming a physician at Brandon (1916). By 1921, he had moved his practice to Treherne. He later retired to 195 Lyle Street in St. James.
He died at his St. James residence on 23 January 1934 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Birth [Blanche Alberta Christilaw], marriage [John Albert Christilan [sic] & Mary Haney, Blanche Alberta Christilaw & Frederick Cecil Moore], and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901, 1906, and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
1916 and 1921 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
“Meadow Lea,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 4 January 1900, page 6.
“Matrimonial,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 July 1900, page 6.
“We say it without fear,” Gladstone Age, 22 February 1906, page 4.
“A man is known by his hat,” Gladstone Age, 19 April 1906, page 4.
“Keyes [Mr. Christilaw and family ...],” Gladstone Age, 18 June 1908, page 4.
“Keyes,” Gladstone Age, 23 May 1912, page 4.
“Retiring from business sale,” Gladstone Age, 20 June 1912, page 7.
Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1934, page 20.
Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #22746 John Albert Christilaw, GR3211, Archives of Manitoba.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 14 July 2022