James C. Crosby

b. 29 Dec 1866 (Brooks, Maine)
d. 5 Feb 1951 (Antigonish, Nova Scotia)


James and his wife Cora Almeda (Pressey) Crosby ran Bay View Farm on Great Cranberry Island.  It was at the current site of The Red House.  The Red House itself, and the barn in the field behind it were Crosby's.  The property is on both sides of the main road.  On the side opposite the barn it extends all the way down to The Pool.

From Charles Liebow:

Cora Almeda Pressey was one wife [of James Crosby --BK].  Presseys were of Bulger blood which explains their presence in the Red House.

I will get Victor's [George Victor White --BK] notes on Jim Crosby out.  Great to have pictures.  There is mention of his departure in disgrace in Town report of about 1914-1915.

From Hugh Dwelley:

...an oral history tape with "Chummy" Spurling mentions him. ... a conversation between Ted Spurling and Arthur "Chummy" Spurling. They were discussing the contents of the 1914 Town Report.  One James C. Crosby was Tax Collector and the interview indicates that he may have taken tax money and took off for Nova Scotia!  There is an article in the warrant to see if the town will bring suit against Crosby.


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photo courtesy of Dorothy Towns

Cora Almeda (Pressey) Crosby

b. 12 Oct 1865
d. 1960

Second wife of James C. Crosby.
They had two children, Charles and Clarence, both born about 1890.
Clarence married Vida Joy.

photo courtesy of Dorothy Towns


Bay View Farm

Bay View Farm was run by James C. Crosby and his wife Cora.  It was at the site that is currently The Red House.  Judi Lim, the current manager, reckons the original house was built around 1769.

Collage from The Red House

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Clarence H.,
their son
Photos of
Operated by
Jim Crosby
The Red House
Great Cranberry
All photos courtesy of Dot Towns

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