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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Isaac Crisp (1849-1927)

Click to enlargeFarmer, real estate and commission agent.

Born at Swaffham Prior, England on 8 November 1849, he was educated at the Commercial School (Cambridge) after which he was employed by a wholesale grain dealer, auctioneer and realtor. In 1880, he came to Canada and farmed at the Plum Creek Settlement, Manitoba. He represented the Rural Municipality of Whitewater, was a ticket, telegraph and land agent for the Canadian Pacific Railway and a proprietor of the Bell Telephone System in the Town of Souris.

On 8 January 1895, he married Cynthia Ella Way (1867-?). They had a daughter, Lorraine Louise Crisp (b 1895). He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Glenwood for several years and was Secretary-Treasurer of the Glenwood Agricultural Society. He moved to Winnipeg around 1902.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 154 Arnold Avenue, on 29 August 1927 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 30 August 1927, page 20.

“Deaths and funerals”, Manitoba Free Press, 5 September 1927, page 10.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 July 2010

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