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Memorable Manitobans: Olive Marion Evelyn Crookshanks (1892-1984)


Born at Rossburn on 27 May 1892, daughter of Reverend James Johnston Crookshanks and Jennie “Jane” MacDonald [McDonald] (1864-1942), she graduated from Carberry High School, passed University of Manitoba entrance examinations (1912), and attended the Central Normal School. In Winnipeg, she reportedly taught at Wesley College and several schools in rural Manitoba including Maple Leaf School (1916-1918) and Ninga School (1919-1921, Principal). After joining the Winnipeg School Division, she worked at Mulvey School (1924-1926), Gordon Bell Junior High School (1926-1929), and Lord Roberts School (1929-1952), as well as the Correspondence Branch of the Department of Education before retirement. She was a member of Young United Church and St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church, with pastimes including weaving and painting chinawear. She died at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on 10 May 1984 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Local and General News,” Grandview Exponent, 16 May 1912, page 16.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1984, page 40.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 December 2021

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