Memorable Manitobans: William Joseph Cram (1861-1940)
Educator, school inspector, journalist.
Born at Carleton Place, Ontario on 15 November 1861, son of David Cram and Anne Nicholson, he came to Manitoba and taught at Balmoral School (1886-1888). He served as Principal of Stonewall School (1890-1892) and Morden School (1898-1900) before becoming a School Inspector based at Morden from 1901 to 1906. He returned to teaching and was Principal at Birtle School (1906-1907), Neepawa School (1907-1908), Killarney School (1909-1910), and Morden Collegiate (1912-1926). While residing at Morden in 1902, was the proprietor and editor of the Morden Empire newspaper.
On 16 August 1892, he married Annie McKillop (?-1895). They had no children. After her death, he married again, to Maddie May McKay (1876-?) on 23 September 1902. They had seven children: William Henry Cram (1903-?), Eva Margaret Cram (1905-?), Helen McKay Cram (1907-?), Murray Alexander Cram (1909-?), Grace Caroline Cram (1911-?), John Samuel Cram (1916-?), and King Albert Cram (1918-?).
Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary [Maddie May Cram], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 1959, page 39.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 October 2022