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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Cruise (1868-1932)

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Robert Cruise
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Farmer, MP (1911-1917), MP (1917-1921).

Born at Lachute, Quebec on 11 December 1868, son of Peter Cruise and Margaret Neil, he attended school at Lachute, moved to Manitoba in 1893 and became a farmer and businessman at Dauphin. In 1891, he married Christina McAllister of Broyneberg. They had four sons and four daughters. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1900 but returned to Dauphin, serving as Councillor and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Dauphin. He was elected to the House of Commons for Dauphin in 1911, re-elected in 1917. After his defeat in 1921, he retired to his farm. He died at Dauphin on 19 June 1932 and was buried in the Dauphin Community Cemetery.

Sources:

Northern Who’s Who; A Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women” by Dr. C. W. Parker, 1916.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“R. Cruise, former M.P., dies at his home in Dauphin,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1932, page 2.

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 September 2020

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