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Memorable Manitobans: Christopher Roscoe “Rossie” Brown (1868-1946)


Born in Ontario on 10 September 1868, son of teacher Michael Brown (c1840-?) and Mary Jane Brown (c1844-?), he was the Principal of Neepawa School (1891-1892), East Poplar Point School (c1894) Stonewall School (1898-1901), Oakwood School (1902-1904), and Gladstone School (1904-1909). He moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1910 and later (by 1921) to Asquith, where he worked as a Principal until retirement in 1931. While teaching in Neepawa, he met and married Alice Armenilla Sophia Phinney (1868-1938) at the Neepawa Methodist Church on 8 August 1894. They had at least nine children: James Harold [Percival] Percy “J. P.” Brown (1895-?), Marion Alice Brown (1898-?), Bessie Catherine Isabel Brown (1899-?), Grace Blanche Brown (1900-?), Mary Eleanor Brown (1902-?), Roscoe Brown (c1904-?), Ethel Georgina Brown (1905-?), Murray Brown (c1908-?), and Margaret Brown (c1915-?). He returned briefly to Gladstone in 1938 and died in Saskatchewan in 1946.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901, 1906, & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1871 & 1916 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Local news,” Gladstone Age, 10 August 1894, page 4.

“We talk about people [Mr. C. R. Brown],” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 9 August 1984, page 5.

“Engagement notices,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1943, page 11.

“After 44 years absence, Gladstone still looks good to Roscoe Brown,” Gladstone Age Press, 27 October 1954, page 4.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 December 2018

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