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Memorable Manitobans: William Wardell Cross (1860-1939)

Building contractor.

Born at Oakville, Ontario on 10 February 1860, he came to Winnipeg in 1890 where he worked as a building contractor. He was responsible for building a diverse range of structures: stores, single family houses, garages, apartment blocks, and a bowling alley. On 3 July 1920, he married Catherine Mary McConkey (?-?). He had three children: ? Cross (?-?, wife of Walter E. Carr), Mary Isabel Cross (1895-1973, wife of Paul G. DuVal), Charles Gordon Cross (1897-1921). He was a member of the AF & AM (St. John's Lodge) and Khartum Shriners. He died at Winnipeg on 10 June 1939 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:





Panama Court

785 Dorchester Avenue, Winnipeg



Rideau Hall

85 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg



Prince Rupert Block

376-384 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

Russell House

213 Kingsway, Winnipeg



McPherson House

36 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg



Bannatyne Apartments

543 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg



Chevrier House

104 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg



Ulrich House

54 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg



Hugo Apartments

265 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

McBeth House

31 McBeth Avenue, Winnipeg



Milan Apartments

890 McMillan Avenue, Winnipeg




Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 12 June 1939, page 24.

Rideau Hall Apartments, 85 Kennedy Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2007.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 August 2020

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