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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
“Order of the Crocus for Rivers pioneers,” Rivers Gazette Reporter, Volume 60, Number 17, 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.
“Gimli pioneer recognition tea very successful,” Arborg Lake Centre News, Volume 7, Number 44, 3 November 1967, page 1.
“Sandy Lake pioneer citizens attend centennial banquet,” Rossburn Review, 7 December 1967, page 2.
Obituary [Thomas Eyres], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 1968, page 30.
Obituary [Frank Saggers], MacGregor Herald, 13 march 1969, page 4.
Obituary [Emily Towle], MacGregor Herald, 9 April 1970, page 4.
Obituary [Wilhelmina Schmidt], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 1971, page 33.
Obituary [Anna Pochinko], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 1971, page 10.
Obituary [Donald Gunn Matheson], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 November 1972, page 41.
Obituary [Alois Trost], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1973, page 16.
Obituary [George Willett], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1976, page 37.
Obituary [Sydney Annie Fidler], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 July 1977, page 31.
Obituary [Bertha E. Wade], Brandon Sun, 17 January 1979, page 16.
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.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Marlene Anderson, Hedy Burke, Carol Burrows, Jessica Campbell, Beth Canart, Barbara Charney, Deanna Chura, Robert Davidson, Lesley Deane, Diane Dornez-Laxdal, Kristine Dyck, Kevin Dyer, Shel Finnen, Tammy Fisher, Liz Fleming, Bernice Forster, Patti Gair, Cathy Hall, Ros Hanes, James Jensen, Chantel Kowalchuk, Yvonne Krahn, Ralph McLean, Marvin Millis, Marlys Morse, Susan Nicholson, Rae Panayi, Donna Passey, Sharon Peters, Linda Ross, Catherine Ruta, Colleen Schmidt, Dianne Sellers, Sharon Simms, Tom Stefanson, Rick Thom, Brenda Trost, Lori Vondyck, Shawna Wade, and Kenda Wood for providing additional information used here.
Page revised: 26 April 2020
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