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Cropper Family

The Croppers on Salt Spring Island

Charles Leonard Cropper was born in Ulverston, Lancashire, England in January 1894, the middle child of the Reverend Charles Henry Edward Cropper and Ethel Mary (Green). He was educated at Trent College, Nottingham and London University, training as a school teacher. Following his WWI service (as a Captain, 5th Northamptonshire Regiment), he moved to Canada in March 1920. His aim was to farm in Saskatchewan, where he spent a few years. However, at the urging of his uncle, Hugh Septimus Green (already a resident), he made his way to Salt Spring Island and took up 20 acres of land on the Fulford-Ganges Road (bordering Mereside Farm) .

Working with Mr. Beddis, a carpenter, he built a home and barns and established an orchard. In addition to finding work where available, he raised chickens, and also grew raspberries. In June 1925 he married Mary Stuart Davidson, a Scottish nurse working at Lady Minto Hospital. Their son, Leonard Atholl Stuart, was born in October 1927, followed five years later by twins, Doris and Muriel.

When Formby House School became available, Charles Leonard moved his family to Ganges and for the next five years ran the school, until the family moved to Victoria in 1940. As well as academic subjects for the approximately 25 students, Mr. Cropper coached his pupils in Archery and .22 Rifles, building target practice ranges on the 9-acre property. He was invited to be President of the Ganges Boys Club and remained in this role until the family left the Island. He was also very involved in Theatre productions on the Island.

After leaving Salt Spring, Mr. Cropper taught at St. Michael’s University School in Victoria until his death in 1957. The family did not return but have continued to harbour a keen interest in the Island and its welfare through the years.more photos

Back row left: Winnifred Calthrop, Elsie Price, Mary Scoones, Alison Maude, Elizabeth Scoones, Joyce Robinson

Next row: Ashley Maude, Dick Baker, Joanie Roberts, Mrs. Reid (teacher of the juniors), Bill Scoones, Ormond Springford

Third row: Anne Lauther, Susan Calthrop, ?John Price, Doris Cropper, Heather Hoole, Margy Scoones, Muriel Cropper

Front Row: Kenrick Price, Jim Scoones, Charles Leonard Cropper, Faith Buchanen, John Scoones, Atholl Cropper

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1938 Formby House School Sports Day

Back row left: Winnifred Calthrop, Katherine Popham, Heather Hoole, George Robinson, Anne Lowther, Don Layard, Kenrick Price, Matt Isherwood, John Price, Elsie Price, John Shipley

Front row: Muriel Cropper, Susan Calthrop, Ruth Price, John Buchanen, Joanie Roberts, Bob Shipley

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1947 Atholl and Leonard (Dad)

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Mother, Doris, Muriel and Ptolemy the cat

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Doris, Atholl and Muriel Sitting: Mother

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Our Farmhouse on Fulford-Ganges Rd. next to Prices Mereside Farm Ð the pond and fountain Dad built

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Leonard Cropper on his motorbike

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Formby House School Ganges Dad built this sailboat.

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1938 Rainbow Beach (Layards): Don Layard, Atholl and Doris in DorisÕ Kayak

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Athol, Heather Hoole, Doris, Muriel in background.

Ron Hoole, Ruth Price, Kenrick Price at Rainbow Beach (Layard’s)

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Standing: Leonard

Seated lt to rt: Muriel, mother Mary, Doris 1944

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Muriel, Leonard and Doris

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1943: Doris and Muriel

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Leonard and Mary Cropper on their wedding day. June 4 1925

Farmhouse in the background

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Doris, Atholl, Muriel Ð Brownies and a Cub

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Heather Hoole, Doris and Margie Scoones

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At Ganges about 1938

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1937 Ð Muriel, Mrs. Cropper, Doris

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Left to right Ð Muriel, Atholl, Doris (sailboat Dad built)

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1938 Ð (Layard’s) Rainbow Beach Camp Ð Doris, Muriel, Atholl (rowing)

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Atholl age? Leonard Cropper

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Archery Ð Doris (holding arrow quiver) and Atholl. Dad made some of his own bows and arrows

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Muriel, Atholl and Doris in front of Formby House School


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Muriel, Atholl and Doris

Rosie, the Jersey cow

Chicken house school and Mahon Hall in the background

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Archery at Formby House


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Muriel, Atholl, Doris and Ptolomy, the cat

at the rance 1934

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Muriel, Atholl and Doris in front of Cow barn

Formby House, Ganges


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Muriel, Atholl and Doris

at Formby House, Ganges

ca. 1937

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Doris, Atholl and Muriel

Oct. 3, 2007

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