Memorable Manitobans: William Wardell Cross (1860-1939)
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. He also owned and operated a farm near Rosser.
He was married twice, first on 20 December 1893 to Isabella Catherine Nesbitt (1867-1907) at Oakville with whom he subsequently had four children: ? Cross (?-?, wife of Walter E. Carr), Mary Isabel Cross (1895-1973, wife of Paul Guyot DuVal), Charles Gordon Cross (1897-1921), and Elwood Cross (?-?). The family lived at 349 Carlton Street (c1902). On 3 July 1920, he married Catherine Mary McConkey (?-?). 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:
Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.
Obituary [Isabella Catherine Cross], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 March 1907, page 15.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“G. Cross dies after fall on pitchfork,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1921, page 3.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 12 June 1939, page 24.
Rideau Hall Apartments, 85 Kennedy Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2007.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 July 2022