Memorable Manitobans: Percy Criddle (1844-1918)
Born at London, England on 21 November 1844, the son of a woman who was a well-known painter, he was educated at the University of Heidelberg and trained in music. Inept in business, he immigrated to Manitoba with his families (an English wife and a German mistress, plus two sets of children) in 1882, homesteading at Aweme. Criddle spent the remainder of his life farming in Manitoba, although a large number of children (including sons Norman Criddle and Stuart Criddle) gradually enabled him to devote most of his time to more gentlemanly pursuits, such as organ playing, composing, and amateur science. For 35 years he was a self-conscious diarist, and his diary, a copy of which is in the Archives of Manitoba, is one of the most revealing documents of the pioneering period in Manitoba. He died at Aweme on 17 April 1918 and was buried in the Criddle Family Cemetery at Aweme.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 June 2015
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