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Memorable Manitobans: Annie Minette Milligan “Nettie” Crosthwaite (1871-?)


Born in Ontario on 3 February 1971, one of nine children to Thomas Milligan (c1836-?) and Jane Milligan (c1841-?), she accompanied her family to Winnipeg by the 1880s, where she attended the Girl’s Central School, Winnipeg Collegiate Institute (1886-?), and Central Normal School. She earned her First Class Diploma in 1890 and joined the staff of the Winnipeg School Board, teaching at North Central School (1891-1893) prior to becoming Principal of Machray School (1893-1899). During her tenure as Principal, she was active in the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association and served as its Vice-President in 1896. She had resigned by April 1899 and, within a few weeks, married James Herbert Crosthwaite (1873-1911) at Winnipeg on 25 May 1899. The couple had three children: John Caswell Crosthwaite (1900-?), Laurence Herbert Crosthwaite (1903-?), and Marion Crosthwaite (1907-?) before moving west. By 1911, the family had moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. She later resided at Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington. Her whereabouts after 1935 are unknown.


1891, 1901, and 1911 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“City Schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 February 1885, page 4.

“Collegiate School,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 February 1886, page 4.

“Provincial Schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 February 1890, page 5.

“The Public School Board,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 April 1899, page 7.

“Barefoot boys: Days of real sport at Machray recalled,” by Lillian Gibbons, Winnipeg Tribune, 22 May 1943, page 11.

“Winnipeg 10 years ago: Feb. 21, 1896 [The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association],” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 February 1906, page 10.

“Mrs. Crosthwaite bereaved,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 July 1911, page 5.

“Dr. R. Milligan dies in Chicago at age of 64,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 February 1934, page 15.

Obituary [Mrs. Eliza Milligan Van Camp], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 February 1934, page 8.

Obituary [George Alexander Milligan], Winnipeg Tribune, 29 April 1935, page 8.

“J. B. Milligan, pioneer railway engineer of Western Canada, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1935, page 11.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 September 2016

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