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Memorable Manitobans: Wilbur Walter Crosby (1893-1941)

Educator, farmer.

Born in Prince Edward Island on 13 May 1893, son of George and Elizabeth Crosby, the family came to Manitoba from Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1880s and settled on a farm near Elkhorn. By 1911, he was teaching at Elkhorn School and later at Churchbridge and Lanigan in Saskatchewan. He served as the Principal of Kenton School (1920-1925), Oak River School (1925-1929), and Alexandra School (1930-1935). He retired in June 1935 due to ill health and returned to Elkhorn, where he operated the family farm until his death. On 30 July 1913, he married Eva Wadman Davison (1892-1975) at Elkhorn. They had three children: George Frederick Crosby (b 1914), Charles Kenneth Crosby (b 1918), and Anne Elizabeth Crosby (b 1923, wife of George E. Francis). He died at home on 1 February 1941 from complications of diabetes, which he had suffered since 1930. He was buried in the Elkhorn Cemetery.


1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“W. W. Crosby was honored by pupils Alexandra School,” Brandon Daily Sun, 22 June 1935, page 5.

“Francis – Crosby,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1941, page 6.

“Ken Crosby brings back war souvenirs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1944, page 3.

“40 years ago today,” Brandon Sun, 31 December 1969, page 11.

Death registration [Eva Wadman Crosby], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Steel and Grass Roots: 1882-1982 by Elkhorn and District Historical Society, 1982, pages 246-247.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 December 2014

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