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Memorable Manitobans: Lee John Cranston (1880-1924)


Born at Ontario on 23 May 1880, son of John Cranston (c1842-?) and Ellenora Cranston (c1848-?), he moved to Manitoba after 1901 and attended the University of Manitoba, graduating in Natural Sciences (1905). He moved to Virden where he married Margaret Milne Rothnie (1883-1974, sister of James Rothnie) on 25 December 1907. The couple had one daughter, Margaret Eleanor Cranston (wife of Lawrence N. Paynter). He taught at Virden School (1906) then was Principal of Park School (1906-1909) at Brandon. He died at Virden on 21 January 1924.


1881 Canada Census, Library and Archives Canada.

1901 and 1906 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Diligent students get their reward,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 May 1905, page 8.

“Cranston-Rothnie,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 December 1907, page 3.

“Paynter-Cranston,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1935, page 6.

The Virden Story by Ida Clingan, Virden: Empire Publishing Company, 1957, Manitoba Legislative Library.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 November 2014

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