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Memorable Manitobans: John Sanderson Crawford (1837-1916)

Farmer, municipal official, immigration agent.

Born in Halton County, Ontario on 14 February 1837, one of eleven children, he came to Manitoba in the summer of 1879. He farmed land that subsequently became the site for the Town of Birtle. He induced settlers from Ontario to move to the region then, in 1898, was appointed a Canadian immigration agent at Kansas City, Missouri. He was transferred to Syracuse, New York in 1913. He and wife Sarah Lundy (c1824-1900) of Portage la Prairie had one daughter. An unsuccessful candidate in a 1882 provincial by-election, he served as Mayor of Birtle (1884-1890, 1892-1897). He died at Birtle on 24 June 1916 and was buried in the Birtle Cemetery.

Uncle of T. C. Norris.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Leacock House “The Castle” (Birtle, Municipality of Prairie View)


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Birtle pioneer called by death,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 June 1916, page 1.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Hasselstrom for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 April 2020

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