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Memorable Manitobans: Sadie Mildred Grimm (1895-1970)


Born at Milverton, Ontario on 27 March 1895, daughter of Sarah Maria Kertcher (1859-1932) and Henry Theodore “Harry” Grimm (1858-1923), her family lived at Gretna and St. Francois Xavier before settling at Winnipeg. In June 1914, she rode a motorcycle to Winnipeg Beach and back to claim a prize offered by the Manitoba Motorcycle Club for the first person to complete this arduous trip. On 9 September 1914, she married James Roland “Jim” Cruikshank (?-?) and they had a daughter, Katherine Dorothy Cruikshank (1920-1981, wife of Ken Taylor). She died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 8 February 1970. She was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame (2017).

See also:

Sadie Grimm: First Canadian Woman Motorcycle Medalist by Ross Metcalfe
Manitoba History, Number 84, Summer 2017


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Cruikshank - Grimm,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 September 1914, page 6.

Obituary [Sadie Mildred Cruikshank], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1970, page 27.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2021

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