John Alexander McCrossan was the city electrician for the City of Vancouver. He lived at 1900 Comox Street from 1906 to 1911.
He was born in Chatham, Ontario, on January 4, 1864. His father was Thomas McCrossan (1834-1927); his mother was Jane (“Jennie”) Elizabeth Macdonald (1841-1932).
The McCrossan family was quite prominent in Vancouver. George Edward McCrossan (1879-1944) was a well-known lawyer who was the Vancouver City solicitor. Ellen Jane McCrossan married William Edward Emmons, a dentist who lived at 1857 Nelson Street from 1904 to 1911. Edith Mary McCrossan married Alexander Stewart Monro, a Vancouver physician.
John Alexander McCrossan started his schooling in Chatham, Ontario. When his parents moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1879, he went with them, and carried on his education, including a period at Manitoba College in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
He became an electrical engineer. However, during the depression in Winnipeg in the early 1880s, he worked for the Winnipeg Times, and then became the manager of the Winnipeg News.
In 1885, he moved to Rat Portage, on Lake of the Woods, and established another newspaper called the News. (Some people at that time said that Rat Portage was in Manitoba. Later boundary adjustments in 1889 determined that it was part of Ontario. In 1905, Rat Portage later changed its name to Kenora. [Kenora, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenora.])
In 1892, he became the general manager and electrical engineer of the Citizen’s Telephone and Electric Company in Rat Portage.
On October 15, 1885, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he married Ada Ruth Ingraham. Her father was James Ingraham.
John Alexander McCrossan first arrived in Vancouver about 1903. In 1904, he was the city electrician, and he was living at 1650 Barclay Street. In 1905, he moved to 778 Bidwell Street.
In 1906, he was at 1900 Comox Street, which is where he lived for most of the rest of his time in Vancouver.
In 1907, he resigned his position as the city electrician so that he could act as manager of a new company. It appears that he reconsidered this approach, because he continued to be the city electrician for another four years.
On May 25, 1910, Ada died. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.
John moved to live with his parents at 759 Bute Street. In late 1911, the City Council had given him four months’ leave of absence to travel to California to improve his health. He became very ill, however, and he was not able to make the trip. On December 8, 1911, he died at his parents’ house. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.
John Alexander McCrossan
John Alexander McCrossan, The Canadian Album: Men of Canada, page 145, includes biography and photograph of John Alexander McCrossan; http://books.google.ca/books?id=TWIoAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA145&lpg=PA145&dq=%22john+alexander+mccrossan%22&source=bl&ots=fkb9bCvVSk&sig=WB1ui1oQuN1rExelekkyMR8JZgU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=feTSUrnOI834oASsiYCwAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22john%20alexander%20mccrossan%22&f=false
“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M43N-2N4 : accessed 12 Jan 2014), John Mc Crossan, Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396285_00472.pdf.
“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVD1-4QT : accessed 12 Jan 2014), John McCrossan in household of Thomas McCrossan, Winnipeg, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e329/e008209610.pdf.
Ontario-Manitoba boundary decision, Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, No. 910, August 11, 1884, http://www.heritage.nf.ca/law/lab5/labvol5_2148.html
“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVD1-QR1 : accessed 12 Jan 2014), James Ingraham, Winnipeg, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada.
Manitoba Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1885-001227, October 15, 1885, Winnipeg, John McCrossan and Ada Ingraham.
Manitoba Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1889-002318, Winnipeg, James Ingraham.
“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MW28-M2D : accessed 12 Jan 2014), John Mccrossan, Rat Portage West, Algoma, Ontario, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148126-00152.pdf.
“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KH24-V9K : accessed 12 Jan 2014), Jno A Mccrossan, 1901; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z002/pdf/z000050173.pdf.
Canada Census, 1901, Ontario, Algoma, Rat Portage (Town), N(2)-2, page 8, family 71, lines, 19-21; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=30099&highlight=19&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Jno+A+McCrossan
“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2QS1-XHC : accessed 12 Jan 2014), J A Mccrossman, 1905. (S.S. Ramona: http://www.nwheritage.org/database/images/266_web.jpg; brief history of S.S. Ramona: http://www.nwheritage.org/phototour/riverlife/ships_steamboats.htm.)
Society, Vancouver Province, August 22, 1907, page 5: “Mr. J.A. McCrossan, city electrician, and Mrs. McCrossan left yesterday on an auto tour. They will visit Victoria, Seattle, and other Sound cities. They will be away for a fortnight.”
Society, Vancouver Province, August 28, 1907, page7: “Mr. and Mrs. McCrossan, Comox street, are enjoying a motoring tour on Vancouver Island, and spend the week-end in Nanaimo.”
“Resignation of City Electrician is Received: Incumbent Asks Permission to Leave at the End of the Month,” Vancouver Province, October 11, 1907, page 4.
Canada Census, 1911, British Columbia, Vancouver, 4 Vancouver City, page 27, family 173, lines 9-12, http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940165.pdf.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKM-3PV : accessed 12 Jan 2014), John Alexander Mccrossan, 1911.
“City Electrical Engineer is Dead: J.A. McCrossan Passed Away at Parents’ Home This Morning: Was at Head of Vancouver’s Electrical Department for Many Years,” Vancouver Province, December 8, 1911, page 1.
John A. McCrossan, death notice, Vancouver Province, December 8, 1911, page 35: “McCrossan – at the residence of his parents, 759 But street, this morning, John a. McCrossan, city electrical engineer. Funeral Monday at 2 p.m. from the above address.”
“Many Attended Funeral Service; Burial of Late J.A. McCrossan Took Place This Afternoon: Impressive Services Conduected by Rev. J.C. Switzer of Wesley Church,” Vancouver Province, December 11, 1911, page 6.
Ada Ruth Ingraham (wife of John Alexander McCrossan)
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKB-YJN : accessed 12 Jan 2014), Ada Ruth Mccrossan, 1910.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKB-YJV : accessed 12 Jan 2014), Ada Ruth Mccrossan, 1910.
Ada Ruth McCrossan, death notice, Vancouver World, May 25, 1910, page 23: “McCrossan – On the 25th inst., at 1900 Comox street, Ada Ruth, the beloved wife of J.A. McCrossan, Eq. Funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday, the 26th inst., from the family residence, to Mountain View cemetery.”
Ada Ruth McCrossan, obituary, Vancouver World, May 26, 1910, page 9: “The death occurred in the city yesterday morning of Ada Rugh McCrossan, of 1900 Comox street, wife of Mr. J.A. McCrossan, of this city. The deceased lady was 40 years of age and was born in Canada. She was a sister-in-law of Mrs. (Dr.) Monro. The funeral took place today from the above residence, Rev. R. Milliken officiating.” [Rev. Robert Milliken was the pastor of the Wesley Methodist Church. He died in Toronto in December 1946: Ottawa Journal, December 9m 1946, page 17.]
Ada Ruth Mccrossan, Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26291796, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: JONES/*/04/010/0001.