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Memorable Manitobans: James Crossley (1886-1970)

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James Crossley
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Born at Todmorden, England in 1886, son of Sam and Jane Crossley, he received a scholarship to attend the University of London, from which he graduated in 1906. He then decided to move to New Zealand and find a job as a teacher. On his way, he passed through Winnipeg and found that a teacher was needed at Altona. He took the job and stayed there for two years.

He was Principal of the Minnedosa North School (1914-1949). When a new high school building opened in Minnedosa, it was named Crossley Collegiate Institute in his honour. He served as President of the Manitoba Teachers’ Federation (1932-1933). On 24 July 1918, he married Winnifred Frances Tew (1898-1986) at Minnedosa.

He died at Minnedosa in 1970 and was buried in the Minnedosa Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

A History of Minnedosa, 1878-1948 compiled by the Minnedosa Women’s Institute, 1948.

The History of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society by Haraldur Victor Vidal, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1958.

We thank Marilyn and Jack Crossley for providing additional information used here.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 May 2021

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