Alfred Ernest Cross
|Alfred Ernest Cross|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories|
June 26, 1861|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Died||March 10, 1932
|Spouse(s)||Helen Rothney MacLeod (m. 1899)|
|Occupation||politician, rancher, brewer|
Cross returned to Montreal for hospital treatment for appendicitis.[when?] He returned to Calgary in 1891 holding a diploma that he had been trained as a brewer’s apprentice and established the Calgary Brewing and Malting Company, the first brewery in what was then the Northwest Territories.
That same year Calgary’s oldest and most exclusive club, the Ranchmen’s Club, was established; and A.E. Cross was a founding member.
In 1898, Cross entered politics, and was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for East Calgary. In 1899 he married Helen Rothney Macleod, the daughter of Colonel James F. Macleod, the lawman who gave Calgary its name.
Cross was active in community affairs, serving as a director and president of Calgary General Hospital, as president of the Alberta Exhibition Association, and as president of the Calgary Board of Trade (now Calgary Chamber of Commerce) in 1909.
In the summer of 1912, Cross, along with Patrick Burns, George Lane, and Archie McLean (“The Big Four”) put up the combined amount of $100,000 to finance the first Calgary Stampede held in September 1912
Cross died in 1932. The following have been dedicated in his name:
- A.E. Cross Junior High School located in Calgary, Alberta.
- The Big Four Building at the Stampede Grounds in Calgary, Alberta.
- Brennan, Brian (2001). Alberta Originals: Stories of Albertans Who Made a Difference. Fifth House. p. 2. ISBN 1-894004-76-0.
- Morrison, Elsie (1950). Calgary, 1875-1950 : A souvenir of Calgary's seventy-fifth anniversary. Calgary: Calgary Publishing Co. p. 132.
- "A.E. Cross family fonds". Glenbow Museum. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- Brennan, Brian (2001). Alberta Originals: Stories of Albertans Who Made a Difference. Fifth House. p. 22. ISBN 1-894004-76-0.