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Memorable Manitobans: William Wardell Cross (1860-1939)

Building contractor.

Born at Oakville, Ontario on 10 February 1860, he came to Winnipeg in 1890 where he worked as a building contractor. He was responsible for building a diverse range of structures: stores, single family houses, garages, apartment blocks, and a bowling alley. He also owned and operated a farm near Rosser.

He was married twice, first on 20 December 1893 to Isabella Catherine Nesbitt (1867-1907) at Oakville with whom he subsequently had four children: ? Cross (?-?, wife of Walter E. Carr), Mary Isabel Cross (1895-1973, wife of Paul Guyot DuVal), Charles Gordon Cross (1897-1921), and Elwood Cross (?-?). The family lived at 349 Carlton Street (c1902). On 3 July 1920, he married Catherine Mary McConkey (?-?). He was a member of the AF & AM (St. John's Lodge) and Khartum Shriners.

He died at Winnipeg on 10 June 1939 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:





Glamour Terrace

367 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg



Panama Court

785 Dorchester Avenue, Winnipeg



Rideau Hall

85 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg



Prince Rupert Block

376-384 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

Russell House

213 Kingsway, Winnipeg



Chevrier House

22 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Geddes House

33 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



McPherson House

36 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg



Grosvenor Court

161 Stafford Street, Winnipeg



Amulet Apartments

640 Westminster Avenue, Winnipeg



Bannatyne Apartments / Shipman Court

543 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg



Chevrier House

104 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg



Dorchester Court

162-166 Lilac Street, Winnipeg



Ulrich House

54 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg



Erzinger House

50 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg



Aynsley Court

734-738 Dorchester Avenue, Winnipeg



Hugo Apartments

261 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

McBeth House

31 McBeth Avenue, Winnipeg



Fontana Apartments

321 Stradbrook Avenue, Winnipeg



Milan Apartments

890 McMillan Avenue, Winnipeg



Lucerne Apartments

847 McMillan Avenue, Winnipeg




Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

Obituary [Isabella Catherine Cross], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 March 1907, page 15.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“G. Cross dies after fall on pitchfork,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1921, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 12 June 1939, page 24.

Rideau Hall Apartments, 85 Kennedy Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2007.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2022

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