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Memorable Manitobans: James E. Crane (1855-?)


Born in Brant County, Ontario on 25 April 1855, son of John S. and Mary E. Crane, he attended the public school at Paris, Ontario until the age of 15 when he quit to learn the painters and decorators trade. In 1880 he came to Manitoba and took up a homestead near Brandon. Three years later he relocated to Rapid City where he operated a business until moving to Brandon in 1900. There he opened the painting and decorating business of J. E. Crane & Son, located at the corner of Tenth Street and Lorne Avenue.

He was married twice, first to Theresa Tusky (?-1900) of Paris, Ontario. They had nine children Percy Crane, Alice Crane, Alfred J. Crane, Henry Crane, Fred Crane, Charles Crane, Winnifred Crane, Bert Crane, and Harvey Crane. At Rapid City in 1903, he married Agnes Laidlaw of Brandon. They had three daughters: Kathleen Crane, Jean Crane, and Marie Crane. The family lived at 323 Third Street, Brandon.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2010

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