Memorable Manitobans: William Joseph Cram (1861-1940)
Educator, school inspector, journalist.
Born at Carleton Place, Ontario on 15 November 1861, son of David Cram and Anne Nicholson, he came to Manitoba and taught at Balmoral School (1886-1888). He served as Principal of Stonewall School (1890-1892) and Morden School (1898-1900) before becoming a School Inspector based at Morden from 1901 to 1906. He returned to teaching and was Principal at Birtle School (1906-1907), Neepawa School (1907-1908), Killarney School (1909-1910), and Morden Collegiate (1912-1926). While residing at Morden in 1902, was the proprietor and editor of the Morden Empire newspaper.
On 16 August 1892, he married Annie McKillop (?-1895). They had no children. After her death, he married again, to Maddie May McKay (1876-?) on 23 September 1902. They had seven children: William Henry Cram (1903-?), Eva Margaret Cram (1905-?), Helen McKay Cram (1907-?), Murray Alexander Cram (1909-?), Grace Caroline Cram (1911-?), John Samuel Cram (1916-?), and King Albert Cram (1918-?).
He died at Minnedosa on 10 October 1940 and was buried in the Morden Cemetery.
Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary [Maddie May Cram], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 1959, page 39.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 October 2022