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Memorable Manitobans: Manitoba Order of the Crocus

In June 1967, the Manitoba Centennial Corporation commemorated the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation by issuing a ceremonial scroll to 500 selected citizens over the age of 75 years. Each scroll featured a coloured drawing of a prairie crocus and was signed by Premier Duff Roblin, Provincial Secretary Stewart E. McLean, Manitoba Centennial Corporation Chair Maitland Steinkopf, and a local community representative.

The following persons were inducted as members of the Order of the Crocus. This list is known to be incomplete and an ongoing, long-term effort will attempt to identify more members. If you are aware of an omission, please contact the webmaster@mhs.mb.ca.

Member

Location

Alice Elizabeth Allen (1892-1987)

St. James (Winnipeg)

John Ammeter (1923-2010)

Starbuck

Sydney M. Angus (c1878-?)

Humboldt (South Dakota)

Phoebe Bagley (1874-1972)

St. James

Rachel H. Bateman (1865-1976)

Dauphin

Isabella Henderson Birse (1881-1970)

Fortier (RM of Portage la Prairie)

Elsie Bushby Boulton (1884-1968)

Reston

William Burrows (1888-1971)

Winnipeg

Alfred Buzza (c1886-1979)

Winnipeg

Anne Byman (c1880-?)

Winnipeg

Sarah Annie Cameron (c1880-1969)

Winnipeg

Maria Sikanda Charaton (1898-1993)

St. Andrews

Mrs. Fred Cooper (c1881-?)

Uno (RM of Miniota)

Joseph Czerniewcz (?-?)

Winnipeg

Veronica Czerniewcz (?-?)

Winnipeg

James Joseph Dunn (1882-1975)

Russell

Thomas Eyres (c1872-?)

?

Miss Fisher (?-?)

?

Nancy Rhoda Flanigan (1875-1968)

Winnipeg

Caroline Frank (1877-1975)

Rivers

Henry George “Harry” Franklin (1892-1987)

Winnipeg

Agnes Fleming Stewart Freeman (1889-1981)

Elkhorn

Jack Garland (?-?)

Cleveland (Ohio)

Johanna Hallson (1884-1973)

Brandon

Anne Smith Henley (?-1972)

Winnipeg

John Thomas Henley (c1884-1975)

Winnipeg

Maria “Mary” Hryhorkiw (c1892-1974)

Gimli

Anna May Hunter (1886-1967)

Neepawa

Hannah M. “Molly” Johnston (c1909-2001)

Winnipeg

Victoria Kitler (1886-1973)

Grandview

Nicholas Kofluk (c1890-1969)

?

Sarah Ann Lambert (1885-1975)

Winnipeg

Victor Alfred Joseph Leclerc (1891-1968)

St. Eustache

Alice Lee (1880-1967, wife of S. C. Lee)

Winnipeg

Simon “Sam” Lotecki (1887-1976)

Melrose (RM of Springfield)

Anna Lywicki (Lewicki) (1887-1974)

Winnipeg

Wasyl Malech (1885-1972)

Dugald

Joseph Masinda (?-?)

Fraserwood

Marie Masinda (?-?)

Fraserwood

Mable McDiarmid (?-1977)

Winnipeg

Agnes Louisa McDonnell (c1889-1968)

Winnipeg

Edward John McElroy (c1872-1969)

Winnipeg

John Cameron McIntyre (?-?)

Culross (RM of Grey)

Robert A. “Bob” McQuarrie (1871-1971)

Minnedosa

Edward Henry Millis (1887-1972)

Manson (RM of Archie)

Jessie Morison (?-1968)

Winnipeg

Everette Dexter Morse (1886-1970)

Starbuck

Rose Nash (1882-1968)

Winnipeg

Frances Sophia Owens (1872-1972)

Winnipeg

Thomas Paisck (1869-?)

St. Boniface (Winnipeg)

John Pfiefer (c1875-1968)

Winnipeg

Mary Edna Lawrence Phillips (1893-1985)

Winnipeg

Bertha Gertrude Rand (1895-1981)

St. James-Assiniboia

Edward Clifford Rosborough (1895-1976)

Winnipeg

Myrtle A. Rose (1886-1971)

Ochre River

Martha Ross (c1872-1969)

RM of Tache

Raymond Jesse Sellen (1883-1974)

Oakbank

Marie Payette “Mary” Sellers (1888-1976)

Lac du Bonnet

Margaret Simon (c1881-1974)

Ostenfeld

Ellen “Nellie” Sinclair (1895-1988)

Oak River

Joseph Sneddon (1892-1970)

St. Vital

Johannes “Joseph” Sparman (1893-1977)

Lac du Bonnet

Blance Ethel Spear (?-?)

Winnipeg

John Taylor (?-?)

RM of Daly

William J. Thompson (?-?)

Winnipeg

Mrs. William J. Thompson (?-?)

Winnipeg

Robert Edgar Tindall (1884-1972)

Dauphin

Emily Towle (1887-1970)

Lavenham

Aloys “Alex” Trost (?-?)

St. Ambroise

Emily “Amye” Verschoot (?-1981)

East St. Paul

Joseph Adelard Villebrun (1884-1980)

Winnipeg

Edith Salway Waldie (1886-1969)

Winnipeg

George Forbes Willett (1888-1976)

Treherne

Daniel John Howard Wood (1888-?)

Winnipeg

Victor Adwin Wilson Woods (1886-?)

Winnipeg

Catherina Zanewich (1890-1983)

Selkirk

See also:

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Inductees to the Order of the British Empire

Manitoba Recipients of the Canadian Centennial Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal

Manitoba Members of the Order of Canada

Members of the Order of Manitoba

Members of the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt

Recipients of the Manitoba Centennial Medal

Members of the Manitoba Order of the Crocus

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Preservation and Promotion

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame

Sources:

“Province fetes pioneers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1967, page 2.

“Order of the Crocus for Rivers pioneers,” Rivers Gazette, 26 October 1967, page 1.

“Dinner honors senior citizens,” Brandon Sun, 30 October 1967, page 9.

“100 pioneers are honoured,” Brandon Sun, 30 October 1967, page 9.

Obituary [Emily Towle], MacGregor Herald, 9 April 1970, page 4.

Obituary [George Willett], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1976, page 37.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Marlene Anderson, Hedy Burke, Carol Burrows, Jessica Campbell, Beth Canart, Lesley Deane, Diane Dornez-Laxdal, Shel Finnen, Tammy Fisher, Bernice Forster, Chantel Kowalchuk, Yvonne Krahn, Marvin Millis, Marlys Morse, Rae Panayi, Sharon Peters, Catherine Ruta, Dianne Sellers, Sharon Simms, Brenda Trost, Lori Vondyck, and Kenda Wood for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 March 2017

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