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Prints from the book Norman Criddle illustrated, Farm Weeds of Canada. Green tansy mustard (left) and common burdock (top).


Norman Criddle.


and tennis. Talbot Criddle was the star golfer but he also had a keen interest in the natural world. In 1884, Percy started recording the


weather, a task soon taken over by the others in the family. His daughter Mai- da kept the records until 1960. Today, the Criddle homestead is a Manitoba provincial heritage park, al- though its claim to fame did not come from Percy, but rather from his talented children of which four more were born to Alice after they came to Canada. His son, Harry Vane, helped Nor-


man, the eldest Criddle boy, develop the Criddle Mixture. Tis became the standard product used across the prai- ries for the next 30 years to deal with the scourge of grasshoppers. Norman Criddle became famous as an entomologist working for the prov- ince; he was named provincial ento- mologist in 1919. At his death in 1933, the Canadian Entomologist magazine carried an obituary that said, “Tere is


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no doubt ….. that Criddle was the best informed field naturalist in the whole of Canada”. His work appeared in sci- entific journals. He was also a talented water colourist, drawing pictures of plants where they grew. Indeed, it was through his drawings that he came to the attention of the Dominion Depart- ment of Agriculture and he illustrated two books on prairie weeds and flowers. Stuart Criddle became a grower of


lilies. He was a taxidermist and mam- mologist among many other talents. Norman and Stuart also recorded mi- gration data for what is now the North American Bird Phenology Program. Evelyn Criddle collected insects, with


a focus on tiger beetles, and worked with the province as a weed inspector. During the winter months the boys


carved cribbage boards and ornamental boxes, inlaying these beautiful pieces with mother of pearl from clam shells. Te Manitoba Museum has a large collection of Criddle artifacts, includ-


ing an important seed collection of 700 species growing on the prairies back then.


Although Percy Criddle may have been a little above himself, his preten- tions added much to the cultural and social life of the area, and the many accomplishments of his family are still having an impact today. Being uncon- ventional does have its rewards. In 1973, Percy’s granddaughter, Alma


Criddle, wrote Criddle-de-Diddle-En- sis: A Biographical History of the Crid- dles of Aweme, Manitoba Pioneers of the 1880s, based on Percy’s journals. In 2012, Oriole Vane Veldhuis the


great-granddaughter of Elise Vane, wrote her own account of her great- grandmother’s life with Percy. For Elise. Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead is an impeccably researched, although fictionalized, ac- count from the other side of the story. It’s available from McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg.


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