Memorable Manitobans: Charles Francis Czerwinski (1863-1936)
Born at Cashel, Markham County, Ontario on 17 January 1863, son of Mary A. and Louis Czerwinski, Lieutenant in the Prussian army. He was educated at Ontario public schools, then worked as a contractor and brick manufacturer in Wellington County, Ontario, between 1884 and 1895. In the latter year, he came to Winnipeg where he became proprietor of the Czerwinski Box Company, located at Logan and Tecumseh Streets. He was also Vice-President of the Home Builders’ Realty Company.
On 29 December 1886, he married Mary Clarissa Grant of Erin, Ontario. They had three children: Walter G. Czerwinski (b 1887), Lena V. Czerwinski (b 1890), and Harold Francis Czerwinski (b 1897). Interested in social causes, he served as President of the North Winnipeg Hospital and was a prominent temperance advocate for Western Canada, being a Grand Councillor of the RTT. He was a member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, IOOF, and the Methodist church. His recreations included motoring and travelling.
He died at Winnipeg on 1 August 1936 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“C. F. Czerwinski, Winnipeg pioneer, dies at age of 73”, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 August 1936, page 1.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 November 2011
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