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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Crawford Steele (1890-1958)

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Robert Crawford Steele
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Grain merchant.

Born at Enniskillen, Ontario on 12 April 1890, son of John Steele and Ellen Crawford, he worked at grain elevators for the Northern Elevator Company then, during the First World War, he was a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps, serving in the 14 and 111 Squadrons and receiving the Distinguished Service Order. In 1923, he returned to elevator work with the Saskatchewan Co-operative Elevator Company and came to Winnipeg in 1925 to work as a grain inspector with Saskatchewan Pool Elevators. He joined Manitoba Pool Elevators in February 1933 and, in June 1943, he succeeded Daniel Kane as General Manager, serving until 1954. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 9 August 1958.


“Information sought about Winnipeg flier,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 July 1938, page 17.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Steele named Pool Manager,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 June 1943, page 16.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 September 2016

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