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Memorable Manitobans: James Crawford (1848-1928)


Born in Pittsburgh Township, Ontario on 18 April 1848, he served in the Kingston militia during the Fenian raids. He came to Winnipeg in 1877 but returned to Ontario the following year, coming west again in 1884. During the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, he was in charge of telegraph units east and west of Winnipeg. He also installed the first electric light plant in Winnipeg under the direction of C. J. Brydges, later George H. Campbell, and the North West Electric Company. He then worked as assistant engineer with the Ogilvie Flour Mills and, for a period of five years in the early 1890s, was in charge of the mechanical equipment of the Calgary Fire Brigade. He died at Winnipeg on 4 June 1928.


“James Crawford dies in eighty-first year”, Manitoba Free Press, 5 June 1928.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 August 2012

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