Memorable Manitobans: Norman Criddle (1875-1933)
Born in England, son of Percy Criddle and brother of Stuart Criddle, he came to Manitoba with his family and homesteaded at Aweme. He was a talented artist who illustrated a number of agricultural books, collaborating with Dr. James Fletcher on Farm Weeds of Canada and Fodder and Pasture Plants. He developed the “Criddle Mixture” of poisons to counter the grasshopper menace in 1902 and was employed by the government to demonstrate its use to farmers. He became entomological field officer for Manitoba in 1913 and was appointed provincial entomologist in 1919. He was an expert on grasshoppers. He received an honorary diploma from the Manitoba Agricultural College, was Honourary President of the Natural History Society of Manitoba from 1925 to 1933, and is a member of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. He died at Brandon on 4 May 1933 and was buried in the Aweme Cemetery. His papers are at the Archives of Manitoba.
“Noted western scientist dies at age of 59,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 May 1933.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Graham A. MacDonald for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 December 2017
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