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Memorable Manitobans: Christopher H. Newton (1871-1953)

Winnipeg police chief (1919-1934).

Born at Ranceby Lodge, N. Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, son of W. G. I. and Eleanor Newton, he was educated at Trent College (Nottingham), Moravian College (Neuweid am Rhein, Prussia). He came to Manitoba in 1891, working as a merchant in Rounthwaite, Manitoba (1891­1893) then he farmed there (1893-1900). He joined the Winnipeg City Police Force in June 1901, rising to patrol sergeant in 1904, sergeant in 1906, and inspector and chief of detectives in 1908. He served as deputy chief from 1911 to 1919 and became chief on 12 June 1919 in the midst of the Winnipeg General Strike, when the striking police force was replaced by temporary constables. He retired in 1934. He was the first president of the Manitoba Football Association in 1892 and an active cricketer.

On 7 March 1894, he married Rebecca B. Marten, with whom he had four sons and two daughters.

He died at his home on Vancouver Island on 7 June 1953.

More information:

A Century of Service by Robert Hutchison (1974).

Sources:

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

“Ex-police chief Newton dies at coast aged 82” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1953.

Page revised: 27 September 2009

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