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Memorable Manitobans: James Croft (1884-1968)

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Born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, he came to Winnipeg in 1904 as an engineer. By 1915 he had moved into violin repairing, establishing an international reputation for his work. In 1926 he and his son opened Croft Music, which in 1927 became representative for W. E. Hill & Sons of London. The shop came to carry an extensive collection of musical instruments and classical sheet music. He retired in 1965 and died in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 5 February 2008

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