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Memorable Manitobans: James Johnston Crookshanks (1859-1940)

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James Johnston Crookshanks
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Born at Millbank, Ontario on 12 December 1859, he graduated from Victoria College at Cobourg before coming to Manitoba in 1888. He was a Minister to Methodist (later United) Church congregations at Killarney (c1888-?), Newdale, Grandview (c1910-1912), Tyndall (1912-?), Crandall Methodist Church (?-?), Ninga, Miami, Glenboro, and Morden (?-1926). He also served as President of the Methodist Conference (1920-1921). He retired to 229 Chestnut Street in Winnipeg and was a member of the IOOF and Loyal Orange Lodge. He married Jennie “Jane” MacDonald [McDonald] (1864-1942) and had three daughters: Olive Marion Evelyn Crookshanks, Eunice Aleda Crookshanks (1895-1988), and Doris Allegra Crookshanks (1900-1978), all of whom taught in the Winnipeg School Division. He died at his Winnipeg residence on 21 August 1940 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“The first draft,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 11 June 1891, page 8.

“Local and Personal Items," Grandview Exponent, 17 November 1910, page 7.

“Local and General Items," Grandview Exponent, 20 June 1912, page 1.

“Elected President of Methodist Conference,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 19 June 1920, page 31.

“Candidates for local ministry are ordained,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 21 June 1920, page 5.

“Pioneer Minister dies, aged 80,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1940, page 11.

Death notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1940, page 16.

Obituary [Mrs. Jennie Crookshanks], Winnipeg Tribune, 25 September 1942, page 5.

Obituary [Doris Allegra Crookshanks], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 May 1978, page 54.

Obituary [Eunice Aleda Crookshanks], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1988, page 64.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 October 2018

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