Memorable Manitobans: Manitoba Order of the Crocus
In June 1967, the Manitoba Centennial Corporation commemorated the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation by issuing a ceremonial scroll to 500 selected citizens over the age of 75 years. Each scroll featured a coloured drawing of a prairie crocus and was signed by Premier Duff Roblin, Provincial Secretary Stewart E. McLean, Manitoba Centennial Corporation Chair Maitland Steinkopf, and a local community representative.
The following persons were inducted as members of the Order of the Crocus. This list is known to be incomplete and an ongoing, long-term effort will attempt to identify more members. If you are aware of an omission, please contact the email@example.com.
“Province fetes pioneers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1967, page 2.
“Order of the Crocus for Rivers pioneers,” Rivers Gazette, 26 October 1967, page 1.
“Dinner honors senior citizens,” Brandon Sun, 30 October 1967, page 9.
“100 pioneers are honoured,” Brandon Sun, 30 October 1967, page 9.
Obituary [Emily Towle], MacGregor Herald, 9 April 1970, page 4.
Obituary [Anna Pochinko], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 1971, page 10.
Obituary [Donald Gunn Matheson], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 November 1972, page 41.
Obituary [George Willett], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1976, page 37.
Obituary [Margaret A. Matheson], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1982, page 50.
Obituary [Mary Edna Lawrence Phillips], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1985, page 39.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Marlene Anderson, Hedy Burke, Carol Burrows, Jessica Campbell, Beth Canart, Barbara Charney, Robert Davidson, Lesley Deane, Diane Dornez-Laxdal, Kevin Dyer, Shel Finnen, Tammy Fisher, Liz Fleming, Bernice Forster, Patti Gair, Ros Hanes, Chantel Kowalchuk, Yvonne Krahn, Marvin Millis, Marlys Morse, Susan Nicholson, Rae Panayi, Donna Passey, Sharon Peters, Linda Ross, Catherine Ruta, Dianne Sellers, Sharon Simms, Tom Stefanson, Rick Thom, Brenda Trost, Lori Vondyck, and Kenda Wood for providing additional information used here.
Page revised: 2 September 2019
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