Born in Grenville County, Ontario on 13 March 1852, he taught school before coming to Manitoba in March 1879 with his brother Francis Rose and uncle William Rose. Arriving by train at Winnipeg, they headed west by horse and wagon. Upon arriving in the vicinity of Tanner’s Crossing (now Minnedosa), Rose filed a homestead claim for himself and his brother. Running out of money, he returned to Portage la Prairie and filled in for a minister on a visit to Ontario. He then interspersed mission work at Shoal Lake with farming at his homestead.
On 2 October 1884, he married Prudence McKinney (1856-1927), who had came to Manitoba to work as a housekeeper for her brother. They had ten children: William John Rose, Samuel Edgar Rose (1887-?), Arthur Osborne Rose (1888-?), Edith Colidge Rose (1889-?), Mary Rose (1890-?), Albert Rose (1890-?), Florence May Rose (1893-?), Crawford Rose (1898-?), Ruth Ray Rose (1897-?), Emma Victoria Rose (1897-?). He also served as a school trustee and secretary-treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Odanah, and leader in the local Methodist church.
He died at home on 6 June 1923 and was buried in the Minnedosa Cemetery.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Pioneers of Manitoba by Robert Harvey (1970).
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 June 2017
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