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Memorable Manitobans: Charles W. Crosby (1868-1958)


Born at Cambridgeshire, England on 12 December 1868, son of Dr. F. L. Crosby and Elizabeth Wedge, he attended college at Bury St. Edmunds (England), graduating at the age of 16, then learned telegraphy for a year, after which he emigrated to Canada and took up farming near Elkhorn for three years. In 1910, he rented out his farm and moved into Elkhorn where he became part-owner of the Elkhorn Mercury newspaper, selling the business to F. C. Norris in 1930. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Elkhorn School District, local police magistrate (?-1915), and Secretary-Treasurer for the Elkhorn municipal council (1924-1931).

On 14 October 1897, he married Catherine Margaret Scott (1876-1966), daughter of James and Elizabeth Scott, at Elkhorn. They had six children: Frank Lecombe Crosby (1898-1944), Lorna Crosby (1900-1945), Florence Crosby (1901-?), Irene Crosby (1904-?), Agnes Crosby (1908-?), and Edith Crosby (1910-1966). He served several terms as President of the Elkhorn Agricultural Society and the Grain Growers Association, and was a member of the Masons and St. Marks Anglican Church.

He died at Regina, Saskatchewan on 3 November 1958 and was buried in Regina.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“New police magistrates,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 October 1915, page 12.

Obituary, Brandon Daily Sun, 10 November 1958, page 29.

Steel and Grass Roots: 1882-1982 by Elkhorn and District Historical Society, 1982, page 246.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 March 2017

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