Memorable Manitobans: Christopher Hugh Newton (1871-1953)
Born at Ranceby Lodge, N. Grantham, Lincolnshire, England in 1871, 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 (18911893) then he farmed there (1893-1900).
In June 1901, he joined the Winnipeg City Police Force, 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.
On 7 March 1894, he married Rebecca Bess Martin (?-1939) with whom he had four sons and two daughters. He was the first President of the Manitoba Football Association (1892) and an active cricketer.
He died at his home at Victoria, British Columbia on 7 June 1953.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Death registrations [Christopher Hugh Newton, Rebecca Best Newton], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“Ex-police chief Newton dies at coast aged 82,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1953.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
We thank Lyle Brennen for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 September 2022