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Memorable Manitobans: Adam Edward Ross (1866-?)

Farmer, police officer.

Born in Leeds County, Ontario on 4 March 1866, son of Hugh Ross and Bessie Wright, he went to Indian Head, North West Territories [now Saskatchewan] in 1883 and took up farming. Soon after he was appointed postmaster at Abernethy which he filled until 1886. In 1887, after a trip to Ontario, he purchases horses at Calgary and brought them to Virden where he bought land and farmed in partnership with James Stearns until 1889. From 1889 to 1893 he conducted a feed and sales stable at Virden and from 1893 to 1897 he continued farming. In 1897 he was appointed chief of police at Virden. He resigned the position in May 1904 to accept a position as provincial constable and license inspector of Manitoba.

In 1893 he married Sarah Stearns of Lanark County, Ontario. They had three children: Bessie Jean, Tena May, and Hugh John. His wife died in October 1903. He was a member of IOOF, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and COF.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 November 2008

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