Obituaries of people who are buried in the
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Etoimamie Valley Cemetery
located in the R.M. of Preeceville # 334, Saskatchewan
– Agnes Abra was born March 1, 1868. She married Harry Young Abra on September 5, 1893 at Glair, Ontario. They moved to the Cresent District south of Yorkton. In about 1898, they moved to the Etoimamie Ranch, near Lady Lake and then moved back to Saltcoats in 1902 and to a farm north of Waldron in 1909. After the war they moved to the Usherville district and homesteaded. They had eight children: Charles, Harold, Howard, Horace, Eddy, Bessie, Marquerite and Dorothy. Agnes passed away March 25, 1942.
– Annie Agnes (nee Bryson) Abra, age 70 of Endeavour, died on May 3, 1980 in the Preeceville Hospital. Born in 1910 at Young, SK to David and Beatrice Bryson, she attended school at Young and Normal school at Saskatoon. She married Charlie Abra, former forest ranger of Endeavour, November 1, 1943 and resided in the area since. Predeceased by her father in 1960, her mother in 1978, a sister Irene Skinner in 1967, she is survived by her husband; two sisters, Nettie Bell of Winnipeg and Margaret Gambell of Saskatoon; six brothers, Jack of Young, David of Campbell River, Stuart of Merritt, BC, Andy of Watrous, Murray of Preeceville and Leslie of Saskatoon.
– Charles Abra was born November 7, 1895 to parents Harry and Agnes Abra. He homesteaded the NE 19-37-4 in 1920. He married Gladys Anne Bryson in 1944. They had no children. His occupations were logger, patrolman, ranger and farmer. Charles passed away in November 1980.
- Dorothy Pearl Abra 84, of Endeavour, SK died on April 12, 1992 at the Preeceville Union Hospital. The funeral was held on April 15th in the chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home, with Rev. Bob Griffin officiating. Burial was in the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery, with Preeceville Funeral home in care of arrangements. Born March 25, 1908 in Saltcoats, she was educated at Saltcoats. She lived on the farm at Usherville with her parents. She moved to Endeavour in 1971. She was a member of the Anglican Church. Predeceased by her father Harry; her mother, Agnes; four brothers, Charlie, Harold, Howard and Horace; and two sisters, Bessie and Margie, she is survived by six nephews and four nieces.
– Grace Viola (nee Burroughs) Abra was born in 1911. She had moved to the Usherville District in 1922 with her parents, Charles and Mabel Burroughs, and her brothers and sisters. She married Howard Abra October 19, 1940. They had two daughters, Jeanne and Laura. Grace passed away in March 1981.
– Harry Young Abra was born March 31, 1862. He married Agnes Brydon Murray in September 1893 at Glair, ON. They moved south of Yorkton and around 1898 moved near Lady Lake and then back to Saltcoats in 1902 and then to a farm north of Waldron in 1909. After serving in WW1, Harry packed up the family of four boys and three girls, their livestock and belongings and headed north once more to the Usherville District. Harry died on July 29, 1949.
– Howard Walter was born to Harry and Agnes Abra on November 9, 1902 at Saltcoats, SK. He moved with his parents to the Usherville area shortly after WW1. Howard worded at several jobs. He was patrolman for fires, worked on road gangs and on threshing outfits in various places in SK. He helped build telephone and power lines and worked on one of the first hay balers at Waldron. He married Grace Viola Burroughs on October 19, 1940. They had two children, Jeanne and Laura. Howard passed away in February 1985.
– Laura Gladys Abra, 56 of Endeavour, died on July 4, 2004 in the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral held in Preeceville Funeral Home and burial in Hinchliffe Cemetery. Born on July 11, 1947, in Preeceville, she was educated at Usherville and Endeavour schools. Following the death of her parents, she farmed with her sister, Jeanne. She drove a school bus for about 10 years. Predeceased by her mother Grace in 1981, and her father, Howard in 1985, she is survived by a sister, Jeanne.
- Allan Herbert Adamson was born in July 1892 in Saskatchewan. His parents were William B. and Maria Adamson. He had a brother Joseph, three years younger then him. Allan married Edith Woodward at Astwood in July 1919. They first farmed at Fairlight, SK. During the depression years they moved from southern Sask. to the Hinchliffe district to farm. One hundred and fifty head of cattle and 16 horses were driven two hundred miles to the homestead. This journey took two weeks, arriving in October 1934. Herb was one of the founding members of Sask. Livestock Pool and served as a commission buyer from 1929 to 1965. Herb passed away in 1967 and was buried at Etoimamie Valley Cemetery.
– Edith Adamson was born in 1898 to parents, John and Elizabeth (Soar) Woodward. The family moved to Brandon, MB in 1904 and the following year moved to the Astwood district to farm. Her siblings were Kate, Frank and Harry. She married Allan Adamson in July 1919 and they raised seven children: John, Arthur, Frank, Allan, Shirley, Sylvia and Sandra. Her husband died in 1967 and she later resided at the Lion’s Hostel in Preeceville. She passed away in 1985.
– Harry Allan Adamson was born August 26, 1926 to Herb an Edith (Woodward) Adamson, survived by Frank, Sandra and Sylvia. In 1932, he moved with the family to Hinchliffe, SK. and received his education at the Etoimamie School. Allan worked at many jobs throughout his lifetime, hauling grain, cat work in the bush and farmer. One of his enjoyments was woodworking. Allan died November 18, 2007, at the age of 81 years in Preeceville. He leaves to mourn many nephews and nieces. As Allan requested, no funeral service will be held. Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
- Albert Michael. Funeral service for Albert Michael Antonichuk 66 of Preeceville, who passed away on November 26, 2006 in the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held November 29th, with Rev. Miles Russell officiating. Burial was in Etoimamie Valley Cemetery in the Hinchcliffe District. Born on August 18, 1940, in Preeceville, SK, Albert was educated at Lillian School and Sturgis Composite School. He worked on a gravel crusher in Lady Lake, while still in school. After graduating he worked on CN telegraphs at various locations until 1965. Albert then worked for Griffith Brothers Diamond drilling the Northwest Territories until 1967 when he joined in the family farm. Albert was a member of Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and United Grain Growers. He married Jane Chopty on September 3, 1965 at the Anglican Church in Endeavour. Albert is survived by his wife Jane, his parents John and Florence Antonichuk, son Vaughn (Sherry), brothers; Wilfred (Shirley) of Port Alberni, BC and Willard (Faye) of Preeceville, SK and two grandchildren, Caley and Jessica.
– Florence Antonichuk of Preeceville, passed away on November 10, 2008 in Preeceville Hospital. Born on August 24, 1916, Florence married John in 1936. The lived in Lady Lake, SK for three years. In 1939 they moved to the farm where they raised three sons, Wilfred (Shirley), Willard (Faye) and Albert (Jane). Predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Alice (Turner) Wardle, son Albert, brothers, George, John, Maynard, Harry, Buck and Leonard; sisters Minnie Fortna and Evie Stoneman; she is survived by her husband John; sons Wilfred and Willard; brother Ralph (Polly) of Melville; sisters, Mayme Sells of Calgary, Alice Rivokoski of Preeceville and Mae (Phil) Duke of Regina; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
– John Antonichuk passed away peacefully at Preeceville Long Term Care on July 10, 2011. John was born to Jake and Anne (Powliuk) Antonichuk in Lady Lake district on July 15, 1912. He received his education at Brookview School. On May 23, 1936, he married the love of his life, Florence Wardle. They had three boys, whom they were very proud of. John worked on the CNR until 1940 and then The Pas Lumber Company. He started farming and continued until his son and daughter –in-law took over.
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– Daniel J.Bryan was born in June 1860 to parents Samuel and Sarah Bryan, in the States. His siblings were Wesley, Cirley and Dorah. In 1906, He came to Canada with his wife, Libbie and their four children; Corris L., Lilly, Louisa and Lucy from Wisconsin, USA. They homesteaded in the Astwood district. A house of logs, with a sod roof was erected. In 1913, lumber was bought at Fulton’s mill and a lumber house was built. In 1917 the Astwood Post Office was moved to the Bryan’s home. Daniel passed away in 1936 and Mrs. Bryan, with the help of her grandson, James Mills, kept the post office until 1940. Mrs. Bryan then went to Chilliwack to reside with her daughter Lily. Libbie died in 1942, following a car accident.
– Mervin Buchinski passed away March 27, 2010 in the Preeceville Hospital at the age of 62, after a brave struggle with cancer. He was born August 3, 1947 to Elizabeth and Walter Buchinski of the Usherville area. He grew up on the family farm and attended Usherville School and later Endeavour School. As a young man Mervin worked on road construction during the summer and as a heavy-duty mechanic helper during the winter at Tobin and Kramer Tractor in Regina. Mervin married Sharon Miller of Ogema, SK. in 1967. In 1969, they moved for a short time to Lethbridge, AB and then returned to the Preeceville area and eventually took over the family farm at Usherville, where they continued to reside until the present time. In addition to farming, Mervin became a trucker and worked at various companies such as Hudson Bay Transport, Hudy Farm Services, Jakubowski Enterprises, Wheelers Propane Transport as well as others though the years. He loved his kids an coached minor baseball and hockey teams when they were young, and helped with any activity they were involved in such as 4-H, bottle drives, hospital bed push and school projects. His favorite activities were hunting and fishing and their home was a welcome spot to any hunter who was in the area. Mervin loved to share a cup of coffee and conversation with anyone who came along. Mervin was predeceased by his parents, an infant brother William, a sister and brother–in – law, Nancy and Don Gibson of Winnipeg, brother-in-law Wes Miller of Hudson Bay and nephews Leonard and Wilmar Miller. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sharon; his sons, Graham (Amy Galiz), Daniel; his daughter, Elizabeth (Paul Greber); precious granddaughter, Karley; his brother Mike; sisters, Attie Miller and Joyce (Alex) Yalawega; nephews, Dennis Miller, Ed Yalawega, Don Gibson, Sheldon Miller, Seth Miller, Dax Miller, Donnie Thiessen and nieces Robin and Stefanie Thiessen.
– James Verity, 80 of Lady Lake, died on October 20, 1994. He was born on October 16, 1914 in Lintlaw and educated at Lintlaw and Sunny Brae Schools. On November 17, 1944 he married Mary Zimmer Lady Lake Anglican Church. He worked for the CNR for many years. After retirement in 1976, he was engaged in woodworking, using his imagination to create toys to delight children and other items he sold at local farmer markets and craft sales. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son Don of Saskatoon; brother, Stanley of Edson, AB and a sister Joyce of Yorkton.
– Anna Mabel Burroughs was born in 1887. Her and her husband Charles and their five children: Doris, Grace, Ada, Robert and Wilfred, came to the Usherville district in 1921 to homestead. Another son, Donald was born in 1926. They had the misfortune to lose their home in a fire in 1931. Another log house was built the same year, which they lived in for 20 years. Anna passed away in 1975.
– Edwin Charles was born in 1878 in Canada to parents William and Rebecca Burroughs. Edwin and his wife Anna Mabel and family came to the Usherville district in 1921. They had been renting land at Melville and wanted land of their own. Edwin passed away in 1934.
– Robert Charles Burroughs 75 of Usherville died on February 10, 1990 in Malakwa, BC. Funeral held at Preeceville Funeral Home. Born on April 24, 1914 in Burnaby, BC, he was educated at school in Melville and Usherville. He was raised on a farm at Usherville. In 1927, at the age of 13, he started working on threshing crews as well as working on the home farm and cutting wood in the winters. He started logging the early 1930’s and logged a total of 33 winters. He was a partner in a Ford dealership in Esterhazy for 8 years, until 1953 when he started farming in the Usherville district. He also logged and owned a sawmill from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s. He continued working on the farm and in 1980 started working in construction with his son and son-in-law as a foreman and blaster. On Sept 29, 1947 he married Alida Drummond. Predeceased by his father, Charles; his mother, Mabel; a brother, Wilfred and a sister, Grace Abra, he is survived by his wife; a son Keith (Joanne) of Nanaimo, BC; two daughters, Linda (Stan) and Muriel (Carmen) both of Ladysmith.
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– Catherine (Kate) Campbell was born in 1850 and came to Canada with her husband David in 1908. She passed away on March 31, 1925 at the age of 76 years.
– David Campbell was born in 1852 in Scotland. He immigrated to Canada in 1908, with his wife Kate, son David and a niece and nephew, David and Martha Campbell. They homesteaded in the Etoimamie Valley district. David passed away on March 31, 1942 at the age of 92.
– David William Campbell, 84, died in the Deer Lodge Hospital at Winnipeg in 1969. Funeral held in Godfrey Funeral Home in Preeceville. Th Royal Canadian Legion rites were observed at the graveside. Mr. Campbell was born July 9, 1885 in Dalmally, Scotland the son of David and Catherine (McGregor) Campbell. He came to Canada in 1906 and stayed for a time with relatives in Manitoba. In 1907, he took a homestead two miles south of Tiny. He served with the South Sask. Regiment in the First World War. On his return he settled on a farm north of Preeceville. He was predeceased by his wife Bessie, in
– Alvin Carl Carsten, of the Lady Lake district, passed away in 1966. Funeral service was held April 4, 1966 at the Preeceville United Church. He was born at North Platte, Nebraska in the year 1886. In 1912, he came to Canada with his widowed father and four brothers to the Lady Lake district, where they obtained a homestead. He married Dora Antonichuk in 1926. He is predeceased by his father Carstens in 1927; stepmother Mary in 1951; Mr. Carsten is survived by his wife; two sons, Arthur of Lady Lake and Walter of Regina; two daughters, Gladys Weidlich of Pierrefonds, Quebec and Evelyn Painter of Regina; one sister Mary Van Vie of Wheeling, West Virginia; three brothers Walter and Ernest in California and Fred of Summland, BC
– Arthur Tyler Carsten, 68 of Sturgis, passed away October 18, 2001 at the Preeceville Hospital. Born on April 13, 1933, in the Preeceville district, he attended Etoimamie Valley School and worked as a farmer and on road construction for the Department of Highways. He married Elsie Horhut on July 11, 1959 at St. James Anglican Church in Endeabour and they farmed until moving to Sturgis in 1996. Predeceased by his parents, Alvin in 1966 and Dora in 1987, he is survived by two daughters, Karen and Sharon (Allan); a brother, Walter (Rose); two sisters, Evelyn and Gladys (Fred) and five grandchildren.
– Carsten Carstens was born in 1852 in the States. A widower, with five sons – Alvin, Ernest, Fred, Walter and Eddie, he came to Canada from Omaha, Nebraska in 1911. He homesteaded in the Astwood district. The younger boys attended Etoimamie School. In 1918 Carsten married Mary Miller. He passed away in 1927.
– Dora Carstens, 78 of Preeceville and formerly of the Hinchliffe district, passed away June 3, 1987 in Preeceville Hospital. Born on August 7, 1908 at Selkirk, MB, she came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Antonichuk to the Hinchliffe area in the early 1900’s. She married Alvin Carsten on December 7, 1926 and they farmed in the district. Predeceased by her husband on April 1, 1966, her parents, four brothers, Mike, Bill, Pete and Mickey and one sister, Mary Osatiuk, she is survived by two sons, Arthur of Preeceville and Walter of Regina; two daughters, Evelyn Painter of Regina and Gladys Wiedlich of Montreal; three brothers, John of Preeceville, Jack of Port Alberni and George of Glenella; four sisters, Kay Gleichener of California, Lena Pringle of Birch River, MB, Jenny Thorson of Nipawin and Polly Meints of Chilliwack, BC; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
– Mary Carstens came to Canada in 1906 from the States, with her first husband, Frank Miller. Frank and Mary had four children, Etta, Fred, Emma and John. Mary was known to many as ‘Granny’ and served as a midwife. Following her husband’s death in 1917, she married Carsten Carstens in 1918. She passed away in June 1951.
- Katherine Clark (nee Napier) was the youngest of a family of nine, born near Montrose, Scotland in 1881. Following the death of her parents, she immigrated to Canada in 1904. She met Bill Clark in Toronto and they married in 1910. After working in Toronto for some time, they came west and settled on a farm north of Preeceville. Kate’s sister Isabelle came from Scotland and lived with the family. Kate loved music and liked to dance her native Scottish dance steps. Kate was ill for several years and ended up at the sanitarium in Qu’Appelle, where she passed away in 1945. Kate and Bill had no children
– William (Bill) Clark was born near Belfast, Ireland in 1875 and came to Toronto, ON in 1905, where he had relatives living. He met and married Kate Napier. They came to the Endeavour area and took out a homestead, where they built a 16x32-log house. Bill was a hard working man and in the first three years improved his quarter by clearing sixty acres. A certificate of title for the land was granted on January 10, 1917. Bill passed away in November 1941, at the age of 66. The funeral was held in the Hinchliffe hall and he was buried in the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery.
– Hazel Marie Crozier, 75 of Preeceville, and formerly of Endeavour, passed away August 7, 2006 at her residence. Born on December 22, 1930, in Preeceville to Norman and Margaret Wall, she attended Lillian Rural, Etoimamie and Endeavour Schools. She married Cliff Crozier on June 8, 1949 at the Preeceville Lutheran Church. She was active in many community organizations such as the Hinchliffe Sunshine Circle Ladies Club, Endeavour Lioness Club, St. James Anglican Church, Anglican Church Women’s Association and the Endeavour Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Predeceased by her father, Norman Wall, she is survived by her mother, Margaret Wall of Regina; her husband Cliff; two sons, Ray (Stella) of Regina and Art (Vicki) of Endeavour; three daughters, Sharon (Ed) Happy of Preeceville, Bonny (Julian) Chupik of Canora and Beverly (Bryan) Berger of Melville; two sisters, Betty (Marvin) Shatosky of Swift Current and Lynn (Alfred) Eberle of Regina; 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
– John (Jack) Andrew Crozier was born on December 1, 1893, the first of seven children of Robert and Mary Crozier of Justice, MB. He served in the First World War and was wounded in France in 1918. John came to the Usherville area in the winter of 1920 to visit his former army buddy. While he was there he filed on a homestead. He took employment for the next few winters at a sawmill. While there, he met Lucy Bryan of the Astwood District. They were married December 19, 1923. In 1925 he gave up the homestead and homesteaded south of Endeavour. Each winter John cut cordwood to supplement their income. In 1954 Jack and Lucy retired from farming and moved to Preeceville where Jack worked for a few years at Imperial Oil. John passed away on April 9, 1988.
– Lucy Emily Crozier, 93 of Swift Current and formerly of Hinchliffe, died on December 11, 1995 in Regina General Hospital. Born June 10, 1902 to Dan and Libbie Bryan in Broaten, Wisconsin, she moved to Astwood, now known as Hinchliffe, in 1906. She was educated at Etoimamie School. On December 19, 1923, she married Jack Crozier. She worked as a cook for the gang at Hughie Roe’s saw mill and for all her married life she worked beside her husband on the farm. During the war, she and the children kept up the farm operation until her husband was discharged. They continued to farm until their retirement to Preeceville in 1954. Predeceased by her father in 1936, her mother in 1942, her husband in 1988, an infant daughter, Edna Mae in 1940, a brother, Lewis Bryan, two sisters, Lillie Apps and Louise Mills, a grandson David Reid and an infant great-granddaughter, Amanda Davis, she is survived by four sons, Clifford (Hazel and Alvin (Dolly) of Endeavour, Kenneth (Betty) of The Pas and Milton (Peggy) of Regina; four daughters, Norma (Rudy) Walker of Preeceville, Evelyn (Bill) Carlson of Regina and Wyone (George) Reid and Beth (Carl) Parchman of Swift Current; grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren.
– Murray Alvin Crozier was born on November 25, 1963 to Alvin and Dolly (Cote) Crozier in Preeceville. He received his formal education in the Endeavour elementary and Sturgis High Schools. After high school he worked one year at the UGG elevator at Lady Lake. For 26 years he was employed at the General and Pasqua Hospitals in Regina. Murray curled from a young age and was involved in league curling in later years. He enjoyed a good game of golf. Music was important in his life. He played music with his family as well as in a band in his younger years. On November 14, 1992 he married Pam Sinclair. They were blessed with two children, Ben and Amy. Their marriage ended in July 1999. Murray passed away November 7, 2012. His brother, Ron, predeceased him in 2008. He is survived by his son, Ben; daughter, Amy; parents, Alvin and Dolly; brother Dale and sister Elaine (Ken) Novak. Funeral service was held in Trinity united Church in Preeceville
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- Hugh Darbyshire, 66 of Preeceville, passed away in the City Hospital in Saskatoon on October 17, 1989. Funeral service held at Trinity united Church in Preeceville. Born on January 10, 1923 in Hinchcliffe, he was educated at Etoimamie Valley School. He lived as a trapper and farm labourer most of his life. Predeceased by his father, Ernest in 1966; he is survived by his mother, Violet of Preeceville; four brothers, George of White Horse, Bill of Carrot River and Kenneth and Charles of Golden, BC; and a sister, Annie Watts of Winnipeg.
– Violet Joanne (nee McIntyre) Darbyshire, 90 of Nipawin and formerly of Preeceville and Hinchliffe, passed away August 22, 1993 at Nipawin Union Hospital. Funeral service held at the Coventry Funeral Chapel in Nipawin and a memorial service on August 25th at Trinity United Church in Preeceville. Violet was born July 30, 1903 in Ottawa, she later moved to Sask., where she married Ernest Darbyshire in Preeceville on March 19, 1921. She was an active member of the United Church in Preeceville until her health failed in later years. She was also a correspondent for the Preeceville Progress Paper, writing Hinchliffe news items for a number of years. She enjoyed quilting, rug making and Artex painting. In April 1992 she moved to Nipawin to live with her son, Bill. Predeceased by her parents, her husband Ernest in 1965, a son Hughie in 1989, a brother, John and a sister, May she is survived by her daughter, Annie (Fred) of Winnipeg; four sons, George of Whitehorse, Bill (Ella) of Nipawin, Kenneth of Golden, BC and Charlie (Elaine) of Golden; a sister, Jessie (Les) Orchison; a brother, Arthur Roebuck and numerous grandchildren.
– Elizabeth Dolton was born August 28, 1877 in Illinois, USA to parents, John and Louisa (Stephenson) Preece. She married Elmer Dolton in 1896. They immigrated to Canada and took a homestead near Preeceville in 1905. Four children were born to them in Canada. In 1948, Elizabeth had a stroke that crippled her. She and Elmer went to live with their daughter Myrtle. It was here that she died after years of suffering, on February 18, 1942.
– Elmer Dolton was born January 8,1863 in the state of Illinois. He was the son of Nailer and Mary Dolton. He had eight brothers and sisters. In 1896 he married Elizabeth Ann Preece. They married in Illinois. To this union two sons were born in Livingston County, John Frederick and William Elmer. Both sons died as infants. In 1905 they moved with the Preece family to Canada. Their homestead was north of where the town of Preeceville now stands. There they had four more children: Mabel, Myrtle, Fredrick Burton and Alma. After his wife died in 1952 he lived with his daughter Myrtle. He went blind for four years, but with surgery he regained his eyesight. At the time of his death on June 18, 1957 he was with his daughter Mabel.
– Francis Dolton was born in 1916. She married Fred Dolton in 1935. They raised four sons and three daughters: Marge, Jim, Gerald, Lorne, Sharon, Lorraine and Don. Francis passed away in 2002.
– Fred (Frederick) was born in 1909. He married Frances Park in Preeceville in 1935. In April 1936 they came to the Lillian Rural School District. They farmed, did land clearing and owned and operated a sawmill for a number of years. Fred died on April 12, 1981.
- Ethel Marie (nee Wesphol) passed away peacefully at the home of her son, Robert of The Pas, MB on February 12, 1973 in her sixty-fifth year. She was born on April 21, 1908, the eldest daughter of Fred and Ellen Wesphol of Endeavour. In 1932 she married Thomas Downey. Four children were born of this union. All her life was devoted to her family and she eagerly looked forward to reunion in glory with her beloved husband who predeaceased her in 1970. She is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by two sons, Robert of the Pas, Allen of Saskatoon, two daughters, Jeanne (Mrs. James Dorion) of Norando, Que., Ruth (Mrs David Scharfenberg) of Preeceville, a sister Gertrude (Mrs. Albert Downs) of Endeavour, four step-children, Joseph of Fort McMurray, James of Melville, Madeline of Brantford, Jessie (Mrs. G Carlton) of Melville, three daughters-in-law, three sons-in-law and three grandchildren. The funeral service was held from the Endeavour Fellowship Chapel on Feb 16th with Rev. Bill Buhler officiating. Burial was in the Etoimaime.
– Magdalena (nee Young) Downey, was born in 1869 in Scotland. She married Thomas Downey in 1900. In 1908 they returned to Ireland to take over her husbands fathers farm. During this time there was much political unrest in Ireland. Because of the fact that they lived just a few miles from the border between the north and south, it became a very unsafe place to raise a family. For this reason they decided to immigrate to Canada. Her husband came in 1920 and Magdalena and her four teenage children followed a year later. There were many adjustments for the family to make in this new country, not the least of which was coping with the harsh winters and hoards of Mosquitoes in the summer. Since there are no Mosquitoes in Ireland, this was a new and trying experience for them. After just a few years in Canada, Magdalena died in 1927.
– Mary Downey was one of six children born to parents Joseph and Mary (Clugston) Downey in 1870, in Northern Ireland. In 1920, her brother Thomas came to Canada and took up a homestead in the Usherville area. The following year Mary accompanied Thomas wife and their four teenage children to Saskatchewan, to join her brother Thomas. Mary operated a restaurant in Endeavour from 1928-38. Mary passed away in 1939.
– Thomas Alexander Downey was born at Newton, Hamilton county Armagh, Northern Ireland on June 17, 1876, and the youngest of six children born to Joseph Downey and Mary Clugston. At the age of 17 he came to Canada and worked on several farms in southern MB and then returned to Ireland in 1896. He moved to Scotland where he met and married Madeline Young in 1900. In 1908 he returned to Ireland with his young family to take over his father’s farm. They immigrated to Canada and took up a homestead in the Usherville district in 1920. His wife, four teenage children, Jessie, Joe, Jim, Madeline and a sister Minnie joined him the following year. A son, Thomas born in 1907, died in 1908. In 1928, after seven years of homesteading, his wife Madeline died. After his wife’s death, Thomas moved to Endeavour. A carpenter and stone mason by trade, he worked on various building projects in the district. In 1932 he married Ethel Westphal. Four children were born to them: Jeanne in 1940, Ruth in 1946, Allen in 1951 and Robert in 1933. During his last years his physical strength waned, but his mind remained very alert. He spent many hours reading and chatting with friends. Thomas passed away in 1970 at the age of ninety-five.
- Albert. Funeral service for Albert Downs, 86, of Endeavour, who died September 21st in Canora hospital, was held September 24 in the chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home, with Rev. Miles Russell officiating. Burial was in Etomamie Valley Cemetery. Born on Dec. 18, 1899 at Toronto, he was educated at Etomamie School in the district then known as Atwood. He joined the work force at the age of 13, operating the family farm and working at various locations in Sask and Manitoba until 1940, when he took permanent residence on the farm. On October 31, 1940 he married Gertrude Anne Westphal in the Preeceville United Church manse. They operated the farm, with help from their sons, until 1985 when failing health forced him to give up working on the land, which was the greatest pleasure in his life. He was president of the Etomamie Valley Cemetery Association for 30 years, from 1954-84, and took an active role in local politics for 40 years. Predeceased by his father, George Downs in 1929, his mother Florence in 1943, a son Winston Arthur Downs in 1941, a sister Georgina Downs in 1910 and three brothers, George in 1942, Walter in 1957 and Reginald in 1979, he is survived by his wife; three sons and their wives. Ernest and Sharon of Swift Current; Ralph and Doreen and Barry and Shirley of Saskatoon; two sisters Florence Payne of Edmonton and Mary Martinson of Des Moines, Iowa and seven grandchildren
– Gertrude Downs passed away in the Preeceville Hospital on July 16, 2006 at the age of 91. The second surviving daughter of Frederick and Ellen (Reed) Westphal, she was born on Feb. 12, 1915 on the family farm in the Astwood district. She attended Lillian School and on October 31, 1940, she married Albert Downs in Preeceville. They made their home on the Downs family farm. They were blessed with four sons, Arthur (deceased in infancy), Ernest, Ralph and Barry. After the passing of her husband in 1986, she continued to reside on the family farm. She enjoyed her daily walks, her car rides in the country, her garden and flowers and the deer she fed in her yard. Failing health forced her to move into a care facility in January 2001. Left to cherish her memory are her three sons and their families, Ernie (Sharon), Ralph (Doreen) and Barry (Doris).
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– Franklin Evans was born in 1881 and immigrated from England to SK in 1905. He homesteaded in the Astwood district. During the winter he was employed by Fred Wright on the Astwood ranch and other local farmers. In 1920 he married Louise Brownie. A son, David was born in 1926 He was involved in community affairs and was secretary-treasurer of the school board and the cemetery board for many years. In 1927 he opened the first general store in Hinchliffe. He rented out his farm and took over the post office in 1940. Franklin died in 1951 and his wife moved to Victoria, where her son resided. She died in 1981 at 100 years of age.
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- Minnie (nee Wardle), age 82 of Lady Lake, who died November 27th in Preeceville Lions Housing was held December 1 at Trinity United Church in Preeceville, with Rev. Miles Russell officiating. Burial was in the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born February 27, 1924 to Alfred and Alice Wardle on the family farm near Lady Lake, she was educated at Etoimamie Valley School. She worked as a nurse’s aid in Winnipeg at the T.B. Hospital. She was a waitress in Hanna, AB where she met and married Albert Fortna on November 15, 1946. In 1968 she moved to Regina until 1975, then returned to the family farm in Lady Lake, then in March 2006 she entered the Lions Housing in Preeceville. Predeceased by her husband Albert and daughter Ruth Reynolds, parents and her brothers Buck. George, John, Harry and Maynard Wardle, she is survived by two brothers, Leonard of Lady Lake, Ralph of Melville, five sisters, Evelyn Stoneman of Strathmore, AB, Florence Antonichuk, Alice Rivokoski of Preeceville, Mayme Sells of Sturgis, Mae Duke of Regina, one son, Delbert Fortna of Lady Lake, Esther Romanyshen (Glen) of Foam Lake, Peggy Hoffman (Vernon) of Preeceville and six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
- Mary Friday was born in 1835 in the States. She came to Canada in 1906 with her daughter and son-in-law, Frank and Mary Miller, to a homestead in the Astwood district. She passed away June 26, 1914
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– James Robert Gates, 71 of Preeceville, passed away on January 22, 1994 in the Preeceville Hospital. Born on September 20, 1922 in Milestone, he was educated at Caledonia School in Milestone and Etoimamie Valley School, Hinchliffe. He joined the Armed Forces and saw duty overseas in the front lines during the Second World War. Upon his return home he took up carpentry and was employed with the Sask. Wheat Pool and United Grain Growers in elevator construction. In later years, he worked as a carpenter in Preeceville and area. He was a member of the Preeceville Legion. Predeceased by his mother, Margaret in 1970 and his father Louis in 1975, and three brothers, Lewis, Garvin and Charlie, he is survived by three brothers, Jack (Meda) of Red Deer, AB, George of Regina and Stewart of Lumsden; and five sisters, Nora Vansdal of Lintlaw, Nellie Melleken of Regina, Evelyn McClelland of Regina, Alma Omoth of Regina and Grace Omoth of Milestone.
- Alex German, 57 of Endeavour, passed away December 10, 1999 at the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service was held on December 14 at the chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home with Rev. Miles Russell officiating. Burial was in Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born December 13, 1941 in Endeavour, he attended Brookview School and worked as a farm laborer, on road construction, for a building mover, as a farmer and in various areas related to the bush industry. For the last 10 years, he held a bush contract with MacMillan Bloedel. He married Esther Thideman on August 6, 1966 at Sturgis Alliance Church and served as a board member of United Grain Growers and a trustee of the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents, Fred and Mary German, he is survived by his wife, Esther; a son James (Sharon) of Endeavour; a daughter, Sonya (John) of Yorkton; a brother, Steve of Endeavour, and three grandchildren.
– Joseph Grier was born in 1877 in Ireland. In 1909 he came to Canada from the States to the Hinchliffe area with his twin brother, Samuel. They each filed on a homestead and together purchased bought more land. In March 1910 the brothers loaded wagons with household effects and some farming equipment and drove 20 head of horses overland to their new home, taking a period of three weeks. In April 1910, Joseph returned to Iowa, where he married an Irish nurse, Margaret Clarke, who was born in 1876. They returned to Canada, where they remained the rest of their lives. They had two daughters, Mary and Agnes. Joseph passed away in 1950.
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– Fred Charles Hawkins, eldest son of Fred and Ellen Hawkins, was born in Croydon, England on September 25, 1884. He immigrated to Canada in 1910 and took up a homestead in the Astwood district. He worked out, logging in lumber camps in winter and did carpentry work in Emerson, MB and other places in summer. He married Marie Siemens in 1914. In 1916 their first child was born a son Frederick Westphal Hawkins. They built a new five-room house and then had the misfortune to have it all contents destroyed by fire. The family made their home in a log granary for a few years and worked to get the lumber to build another house. Fred was one of the first trustees on the Lillian School Board. He also helped with the building of the Anglican Church in Endeavour and had helped establish the Wheat Pool. He served on RM council for a number of years. In the winter of 1927, he had the misfortune to lose his leg through some bone disease. He rented out his land until he was able to once again take it over a work it. Fred passed away in December 1960.
- Marie (nee Siemens) Hawkins was born in 1882. She had immigrated to Canada to live with her brother and his wife, Ellen in the fall of 1907. Marie had a daughter, Margaret, born in 1908 by her previous marriage. She married Fred Hawkins in 1914 and they had a son born in 1916. Marie worked for farmers in the Tadmore district for a number of years from spring seeding till harvest was finished, to make a little extra money for groceries and clothing to help them through the winter. In March 1954, Marie had a stroke and passed away.
- Christina. Funeral services for Christina Hoffer, 93, of Preeceville and formerly of Endeavour, who died March 21, 1999 at Preeceville Hospital, was held on March 24th at Endeavour Fellowship Chapel with Rev. Lorne Moorehead officiating. Burial was in Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born October 7, 1905 in Angalia, Romania, she worked at Schieble’s farm near Dubuc and for Morris and Clara Schur in Endeavour. She was a member of the Endeavour Fellowship Chapel women’s group, and the Anglican Church Women’s Auxiliary in Rockford. She married John Hoffer on June 10, 1922 in Grayson. Predeceased by her husband on April 8 1993, she is survived by two sons, Benjamin of Woodland Hills, Cal. And Jonathon of Endeavour, four daughters, Elsie Kobe and Rose Steppan, both of Preeceville, and Pearl Steinklaeubl and Diana Hoffer both of Kelowna; a sister, Lena Hartl of Preeceville; 19 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
– John Hoffer was born June 28, 1900 in Neudorf, Russia. Around 1904 he came to New Liepzig, ND with his parents, two brothers and a sister. Two years later his father was killed in a tragic threshing accident. While serving in the U.S Cavalry in WW1, John played the French horn in the band. In 1920 he came to Canada and worked on a farm in the Grayson area for $600 per year, which included room and board. He married Christine Yesse on June 10, 1922 in Grayson, SK. His children are Elsie, Benjamin, Rose, Pearl, Johnathan and Diana. (Three children died in infancy) From 1922-26 they traveled to where a job was available. John drove a dray team in Regina. Then worked in a boiler room for the Imperial Oil Co. He worked here for 8 years until they closed down in 1934. At that time they moved to the Peerless area where John purchased land. In 1937 they moved to the Stoney Acre District and purchased land. While living there John was active on the school board and helped with the Church of the Good Shepherd at Rockford. For a number of winters John worked for the Western Const. Co near Big Valley, as second cook, a trade he had learned while in a boys school during his early teens. In 1965 they retired and moved to Endeavour. John passed away on April 8, 1983.
– Jonathon Benjamin Hoffer was born June 30, 1934 in Regina to parents John and Christina Hoffer. The family later moved to the farm in the Rockford area. Jonathon attended school at Stoney Acre. He worked on various farms and took over the family homestead. For years he worked in the bush for a number of different logging contractors. After a lengthy illness he passed away at Wascana Centre in Regina on November 6, 2002. He leaves to mourn his brother Ben (Peggy) of California; sisters Elsie Kobe of Preeceville, Rose (Peter) Steppan of Preeceville, Pearl (Joe) Steinklaeubl of Kelowna and Diana Hoffer of Kelowna.
– Ernest Hrycenko was born in 1934, the son of John and Maria Hrycenko of Canora. He came to the Endeavour area in 1938 with his mother. He attended Bear School and Brookview School. Ed worked on the farm with his stepfather, W.E Wiwcharuk, during the summer and in the winter at sawmills in the Porcupine Forest Reserve. He married Elaine Thideman on August 5, 1961. They had a mixed farming partnership with Elaine’s parents for 15 years. They took over the entire farming operation in 1976. They had one daughter, Eldeen. Ed passed away in 1991.
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– Anna Johnson, 97 of Preeceville, died on Feb. 1, 1982 in Preeceville Hospital. Born May 17, 1884 at Lubine, Russia, she came to Canada as a young girl with her parents and settled in the Usherville district, where they farmed for many years. Prior to moving to Preeceville, Anna and her brother, Bob lived at Reserve, where they operated a small business. In 1966, they moved to a unit in the Lions Hostel, where they lived until her brother’s death. In 1972, she moved into the hostel, where she remained a resident until the present time. Predeceased by a sister and four brothers, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Lena Johnson of Chicago.
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- Elsa (nee Potter). Funeral service for Elsa Lario, 88 of Sturgis who died on April 4 at Sturgis, was held April 7 at he chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home with Rev. Betty Lou Skogen officiating. Burial was at Etoimamie Valley Cemetery near Hinchliffe. Born February 7, 1917 in Winchester municipality in Manitoba to Wellinton and Ellen (nee Caddick) Potter, she was educated at several country schools in the area. She married Herb Lario on October 18 1938 at Melita, Man. And they worked for several farmers in the area. They lived in a number of communities, including Arcola and Whitewood, finally settling near Usherville, raising cattle and horses. Predeceased by her parents, her husband Herb, and sisters Mabel Linklater and Evely Woodward, she is survived by two sons; Roy of Endeavour and Irwin of Sturgis, one daughter Darlene (Alvin) Reichel of Saskatoon; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
– Herbert A. Lario, 68 of Endeavour died on July 21, 1977. Born to William and Emmeline Lario, in 1909 on the family homestead at Wilmar, SK., he received his education in various country schools in that district and later took up farming and carpentry as his trade. In 1938, he married Elsa Isabel Potter of Deloraine, Man., and farmed there for a few years until moving to Sask. and he continued carpentry, working at Arcola, Minnedosa, Carlyle, Weyburn, Whitewood and Estevan. While at Whitewood he retired to a small farm until 1972 when he moved to the Usherville district, where he helped on the family farm. Predeceased by his father in 1947; his mother in 1956; two sisters, Mabel (Andy) Fornwald of Kindersley and Verna (Albert) Enevoldsen of Alameda, he is survived by his wife; a daughter, Darlene (Alvin) Reichel of Saskatoon; two sons, Irwin of Sturgis and Roy at home; two grandchildren, Shelly and Bradley Reichel; three sisters, Nellie Umphrey of Victoria, Velma (Mel) Haddow of Arcola and Annie (Lawrence) Hannan of Moose Jaw; seven brothers, Fred of Estevan, Lyle of Saskatoon, Roy and Jack of Abbottsford, Norman of Killam, AB and Errold and Carmon of Arcola.
- Ada Grace (nee Almstead). Funeral services for Ada Long, 95 of Preeceville and formerly of Endeavour, who died November 8, 1998 at Preeceville Lions’ nursing home, was held November 11 at the Preeceville Trinity United Church. Burial was in the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born October 8, 1903 in Carman, MB, she was educated at Golden West School near Corning. She married Robert Long on July 10, 1933 in Stoughton, SK. She was a member of the UCW in Preeceville and Endeavour. Predeceased by her husband September 20, 1990, her son Donald September 13, 1989, her brother Bert Almstead February 13, 1987 and her sister Edith May Bryant March 19, 1976, she is survived by two sons; Jim of Terrace, BC and George of Regina; four daughters; June How of Norquay, Laura Wiley of Barrie, ON, Shirley Tottosi of Regina and Lillian Karcha of Lady Lake; 27 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
– Donald Burton Long, 44 of Edson, AB and formerly of Endeavour, died in Drayton Valley, AB on September 13, 1989. Funeral held in the St. James Anglican Church in Endeavour. Born on September 27, 1944 in Endeavour, he married Iris Holhouser on November 11, 1967 in St. James Anglican Church at Endeavour. He attended schools at Endeavour and Sturgis and took over the family farm in 1964. While farming, he worked in various bush camps until his family moved to Whitecourt, AB in 1988. On September 1, 1989, they moved to Edson, AB. He is survived by his wife, Iris; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Long of Preeceville; two sons, Dwayne of Whitecourt and Brent of Edson; a daughter, Mindy of Edson; two brothers, George of Regina and Jim of Terrace, BC; four sisters, June Howe of Norquay, Laura Wiley of Barrie, ON, Shirley Tuttasi of Regina and Lillian Karcha of Lady Lake.
– Robert James Long, 90 of Preeceville and formerly of Endeavour, died on Sept 20, 1990 in Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service held at Trinity United Church in Preeceville. Born on April 5, 1900 in Glenboro, MB, he was the eldest of two boys born to his parents, Alice and James Long. When he was five years old the family moved to Kisbey, SK where his father was a butcher. He began his education at home, with instruction from his aunt doing the teaching and then later received formal education at the school in Kisbey. When he was 16, he and his mother and brother moved to Warmely and he started working for others and worked for great many years for a rancher in the area until 1933. He moved to Corning district where he worked for the Olmstead family and met Grace. On July 10, 1933 they married at the Stoughton United church. They were blessed with seven children. They moved to Sturgis in 1934, where they rented land and lived for two years. They then purchased land near Endeavour and moved there. He farmed until 1970 and then moved to Preeceville to retire. He was a member of the Endeavour Legion and had been a school trustee at Endeavour. Predeceased by a brother, William in1986 and a son, Donald in 1989, he is survived by his wife, Ada Grace; two sons, George of Regina and Jim of BC; four daughters, June of Norquay, Laura of Ontario, Shirley of Regina and Lillian of Preeceville; 26 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
– Henry (Harry) Lowe was the second son of the late Ernest and Jennie (Woodward) Lowe. He was born on the family homestead at Astwood on July 12, 1911. The family moved to Preeceville, where he received his education and formed many friendships that were important to him all of his life. Fifteen years later, the family returned to the farm at Hinchliffe and in 1936, Harry married a childhood sweetheart from the adjacent farm – Mary Grier. His love and dedication to family, especially for children, was central to his life. He also loved horses and animals and the extended farming community, which he was a part of. Harry was very active in community life; he served on the boards of Etoimamie School district, Hinchliffe hall and the wheat pool. In addition, he was active in organizing the Preeceville Club 60 for Senior Citizens and Donor’s Choice. He participated with enthusiasm in Masonic Lodge activities and assisted at the funeral home for many years. Harry enjoyed family and friends, and had a great deal of compassion, wit, and sense of humor and love of constructive teasing that will be missed by many. Harry passed away June 25, 1993. Predeceased by both parents, one brother Horace and a sister Edith; he is survived by his wife Mary, his sister Ethel, three children, Wayne, Jean and Alan; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
– Mary Margaret Lowe 88, of Preeceville, died on September 17, 2001 at Preeceville Hospital. She was born December 25, 1912 in Preeceville. She attended grades 1 to 8 at Etoimamie Valley School and grades 9 to 11 at Preeceville School. She took nurses training at Misericordia Hospital in Winnipeg and upon graduation, she returned to Hinchliffe. After marrying Harry Lowe on November 7, 1936, at her parents home, she worked as a midwife and at Endeavour Red Cross out post Hospital. She assisted the local doctor during Etoimamie School visits and worked many years at both the old and new Preeceville Hospitals. A member of the Anglican Women’s League, Hinchliffe Ladies Club, Farm Wives Club and Eastern Star, she was secretary of the Hinchcliffe Cemetery and became a resident of the Preeceville Hospital long-term care unit in 1997. Predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Margaret Grier, her husband, Harry in 1993; and a sister in infancy in 1912; she is survive by two sons Wayne (Shirley) of Hinchliffe and Alan of Vancouver; a daughter Jean (Edwin) Bozsik of Regina; a sister Agnes Granberg of Hudson Bay; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
– Wayne Grier Lowe, the eldest child of Henry and Mary (Grier) Lowe was born August 7, 1937 in a farmhouse between Endeavour and Hinchliffe. He attended school at he Etoimamie Valley School up until grade seven. At a young age he worked as logger in the winters, while farming with his parents. In 1962, he took over the family farm where he resided until August 2007. In 1963, he married Shirley Masko and together they operated a very busy mixed farming operation. His love of the land and of animals was very evident in everything he did. In 1969, Wayne left the logging industry and worked for the provincial government as a pasture manger at the Lake Lake Community Pasture for 28 years. Because of his giving nature, Wayne was very involved in the community: he served on the Lady Lake Park Board for 40 years. He was also a member of the Sask. Wheat Pool, Etoimamie Valley Club, Rural Crime Watch, Hinchliffe Community Hall ant the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. He enjoyed hunting, spending time at his cabin at Reserve, snowmobiling, travelling, and rodeo and visiting with family and friends. Up until August of 2007, Wayne resided on the family farm. He was then forced to move to the City of Regina for Kidney dialysis treatment. He stayed at the Regina Lutheran Care Home where he passed away on April 30, 2008 with his wife, Shirley by his side. He is predeceased by his parents, Henry and Mary and daughter Eileen. He is survived by his wife Shirley; son Harvey (Joanne); daughter Doreen (Earl); grandchildren, Donavon and Derek Stroeder, Wesley and Jordan Lowe and Evan Bochnuik; sister Jean Bozsik, brother Alan Lowe; Funeral service was held in the chapel of Preeceville Funeral home.
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– Stetchy (nee Swaka) Mcleod, of Preeceville, passed away at the Preeceville Hospital on January 12, 2012 at the age of 95 years. She was born September 20, 1916 to Mary and Wasyl Sawka, the sixth of seven children. Stefeinko is the last of her generation; siblings were Paul, Mike, Steve, Clarence, John and Pauline. She grew up on the family farm and attended Beaver Bluff School. She worked for neighbors, milking cows and caring for children. She helped at home with the cooking and working in the fields. She married John Miller on November 14, 1934 in the Preeceville United Church. They lived on John’s dad and grandmothers farm until 1938 and then bought their own farm 3 miles north of Hinchcliffe. Three children were born to them, Violet, Carl and Jeannette. Her husband passed away in 1968 and her son Carl took over the farm. Stetchy left to visit cousins in BC and AB and took on jobs caring for children. On December 11, 1971 she married Finlay McLeod of Fort Assiniboine, AB. They farmed there for 25 years. Later they retired to Barrhead, AB. Her husband passed away in 2001. In the spring of 2004 with health concerns, she moved back to Preeceville. In 2006 she became a resident of the Lions Housing in Preeceville. She loved dancing and music and traveling to such places as Ontario, Maritimes, Las Vegas, Grace Land, England and Europe. Daughters, Jeannette (Ron) Jaques and Violet (Mike) Luciw; son Carl (Marge) Miller; 8 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren survive her.
– Frank Miller, with his wife Mary and mother-in-law Mary Friday, came to Canada from the States in 1906. They homesteaded by the Etoimamie Bridge in the Astwood district. They had four children, Etta, Fred, Emma and John. Frank became a naturalized citizen of Canada in 1915. He was the first president of the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery Board 1914-1916. Mr. Miller died March 17, 1917 at the age of 59.
– John Miller was born on the family farm, February 27, 1910, the son of Fred and Anna Miller. He completed his grade eight education, attending Beaver Falls and Sunny Brae Schools. He worked for local farmers for 25 cents a day and board and room, until his marriage to Stetchy Sawka on November 14, 1934. He farmed for one year with his father, south of Preeceville, and later moved to ‘Granny’ Carstens and farmed there until 1938, when they purchased their own land. Throughout the years a mixed farming operation was carried on. To supplement the farm, John spent several winters working in a lumber camp. They had three children: Violet, Carl and Jeanette. John passed away December 26, 1965 and his wife, Stetchy remarried in 1971 to Finlay McLeod.
– Louise Miller was born on October 8, 1915, the youngest daughter of Fred and Anne Miller. She made her home with ‘Granny’ Carsten following her mother’s death. She attended Etoimamie Valley School. Louise remained single. She passed away March 20, 2005.
– John Wesley Mills was born at Pontypoole, ON. on August 30, 1882. His parents were James Simon and Margaret Ann (nee Brown) Mills. As he grew up he worked at odd jobs in and around Pontypoole, mostly carpenters work. In 1903 Wesley, his parents and the rest of the family came to Carmen, MB. Wesley and his brother, Edmund, walked west to Yorkton in 1908 and each homesteaded on a piece of land. He married Louisa Margaret Bryan on June 12, 1917. Wesley bought a three-horse engine, a wood saw and a feed-grinder. He sawed wood and ground feed for a number of people in the district. He did this for a number of years. He hauled cordwood to Preeceville with horses. In 1928, when the railroad went through Endeavour, he took the job of drayman. He was a school trustee at the Lillian School for a number of years. Wesley and Louisa had eleven children. Wesley passed away in June 1964.
- Lloyd Daniel Mills was born on April 3, 1922. He was the third child born to John Wesley and Louisa (Bryan) Mills on the family farm south of Endeavour. He attended the Lillian School, located north of the farm. After finishing school, Lloyd worked on the farm until he enlisted in the army. He took his training with the Regina Rifles. While overseas, he served in England, Belgium, Holland and Germany. When he came home, he spent Christmas 1945 on the ship and got to Regina on New Years Eve. After returning home, he went farming. He worked for Fred Dolton’s sawmill in the bush for a few years. He married Esther Wyborn of Hazel Dell on June 12, 1959 at Wiarton, ON. Lloyd was active in the Legion in Endeavour until it disbanded and they joined the Preeceville Branch. He was active with St. James and the Church of the Good Shepherd Anglican Churches of which he served a minister’s warden for many years. He also served on the local school board for the Lillian/Endeavor schools. In his later years, Lloyd enjoyed his woodworking projects. His biggest accomplishment was that he lived over 89 years on the family farm and in 2010; he got to see his family homestead become a century family farm. On October 11, 2011, he went into Long Term Care and passed away peacefully on December 11, 2011 at the Canora Gateway Lodge. He was predeceased by his parents, Wesley and Louisa; brothers, Clarence and George and a sister Margaret Gilmore. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Esther; son Daniel (Teresa); daughters, Debbie (Raymond) Blender, Lois (Richard) Shoulak, Linda (Brent) Galbraith and nine grandchildren; his brothers, James, Ralph and Alfred; his sisters, Bertha, Ella (Charles) Arneson, Esther (Tony) Tumak and Eva (Larry) Mutlow. Funeral service was held from the Chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home.
– Louisa Margaret (nee Bryan) Mills was born in Hickman, Nebraska on June 9, 1899 to parents, Daniel Jasper and Ema Elizabeth (Daharsh) Bryan. The family moved from Hickman to Hinchliffe in 1906. She was educated at the Etoimamie School. She married Wesley Mills June 12, 1917. They had eleven children: Clarence, James, Lloyd, George, Bertha, Margaret, Ralph, Alfred, Ella, Esther and Eva. Louisa passed away in September 1984
- Simon Edmund was born in 1886 in Pontypool, Ontario. He came to Manitoba with his parents, James and Margaret Mills and siblings, Annie, John Wesley, Evin, Elmer, Mildred and Wallace. Simon came to the Endeavour area and took a homestead. He married Lillie Bryan on November 23, 1914. They had two sons, Howard and Elmer. In 1915, Simon was made post-master for the Annette district. He also had a small store in which he carried the necessities required at that time. He passed away on November 23, 1918, having been struck with the flu epidemic.
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– Albert G. Olmstead was born 1872. Him and his wife, Annie moved from Corning, SK to Sturgis in 1934, with their son, Bert. They moved to Endeavour in 1939 and lived on the Harry Lowe farm, then moved to another farm. They farmed there until 1941 when Annie died at her home. Albert died in hospital in Preeceville in 1959.
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- Elizabeth "Pat" (nee Mikenas). Funeral services for Elizabeth "Pat" Pacsay, 63 of Hudson Bay and formerly of Preeceville, who died August 28 at Tisdale Hospital, was held August 31st at Preeceville Funeral Home. Burial was in Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Pat was born March 19, 1941 to Mike and Betty (Frey) Mikenas on the family farm near Kelliher, SK. She got her education at Millersdale School, Ituna School and QDS in Regina. She married Henry Schbenski on May 16, 1959 at the Bradshaw farm in Lestock district. She lost Henry to cancer in 1993 and found love again and married William (Willy) Pacsay on April 15, 1995 in Hudson Bay, SK. Pat worked at a bank and then the medical arts building in Regina before she was married. She continued working there after they were married as well as after Darcy was born, until Henry’s transfer to Canora, SK. Shortly thereafter they moved to Hinchcliff and operated the general store. Mike and Rob were born during this time. After they sold the store, they farmed in the Hinchcliff area where Juanita joined the family. During their farming years, Pat worked at the Endeavour Bar, then as a cook for CN and later at the Preeceville Hospital in housekeeping and later as a cook. After her marriage to Willie they worked together grain and cattle farming and logging. Pat was one of the founders of the Hinchcliffe Ladies Sunshine Circle and was a very proud member. She also bowled in the league in Hudson Bay. Pat loved gardening, camping, fishing, going to jamborees, listening to country music and spending time with friends. Most of all she loved to spend time with family and family gatherings were very important to her. She took pride in everything she did from cooking and cleaning to driving equipment. She was a strong person and never backed down from any challenge. Pat leaves to mourn her loving husband Willie, her sons Darcy (Trudy) and their children Kayla and Brett; Michael (Lisa) and their son Clayton; Robert (Bonnie) and their children josie and Ryan and daughter Juanita and children Amber and Megan, her brother John, sisters Frances Baker, Diane (Ed) Sidoryko and Lorraine, mother-in-law Rose Pacsay. She was predeceased by her mother Betty in 1989, husband Henry in 1993 and father Mike in 1999
– Henry Prien was born in Germany in November 1849. He immigrated with family to the States in 1856. He was married in 1885 to Tillie (Mary) and they had three children: Henry F. born in 1886, Frank born in 1889 and Ida born in 1896.They came to Canada from Iowa in February 1912. Henry, the oldest son was married and living in the States and followed the family arriving in Canada in 1919 with his wife and three children. Both families settled on homesteads north of Sturgis. No date of death, but he was buried at Etoimamie Valley Cemetery.
– Mary Prien was born in October 1863 in Iowa, USA. She married Henry Prien in 1885. They had two sons and one daughter, Ida. They came to Canada in 1912 and took up a homestead. Her son Frank, married Doris Walker, who died giving birth to her first child moved to BC and passed away there. Daughter Ida married Vern Langrill and spent her last years in California. Neither of them had any children. The oldest son, Henry and his wife Theresa had three children born in the States – Francis, Emmett and Mary and four children born in Canada: Blanche, Genevieve, Jack and Norma. No date of death for Mary, but she was buried at Etoimamie Valley Cemetery.
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- Alice (nee Wardle) Rivokoski, passed away peacefullly on August 30, 2013 at the Preeceville Hospital at the age of 85. Alice was born to Alfred and Alice (Turner) Wardle on February 29, 1928 on the family farm north of Lady Lake. She and twelve siblings received their education at Etomamie School. Alice married William (Bill) Rivokoski on November 15, 1957 at St. Andrews United Church in Yorkton. Alice and Bill loved on his family farm. Alice loved the farm and worked hard beside Bill and made it beautiful, from good crops to the lovely home, giant gardens, strawberry and raspberry patches and flower gardens. Alice loved all animals and birds, raised chickens, geese and cows and horses.Alice moved into Preeceville in 2005 next to daughter, Cheryl and loved the large garden and deer. Alice is predeceased by her husband Bill on November 10, 2004, her parents and siblings, Evelyn, Florence, Alfred, George, John, Minnie, Harry, Maynard, Leonard; survived by Mary (Mayme) Sells of Calgary, Ralph and wife Polly of Melville, Mae and Phil Duke of Regina; daughter Cheryl (Gordon) of Preeceville; son Larry, of Regina
– William Rivokoski, 88 of Preeceville, passed away November 10, 2004 at the Preeceville Hospital. Funeral service held at Trinity United Church in Preeceville. Born on February 25, 1916 in Preeceville to Stephen and Mary Rivokoski, he attended school in Sturgis. He farmed most of his life and worked in the construction field. He worked with a UGG construction crew and worked on many houses in Sturgis. Among the larger projects he was involved on were the construction of the Preeceville rinks and the Preeceville Hospital. He married Alice Wardle in Yorkton on Nov. 15, 1957. Predeceased by his parents, Stephan and Mary, and a sister, Ann, he is survived by his wife, Alice; a son, Larry of Calgary; a daughter, Cheryl (Gordon) Nelson of Preeceville; two sisters, Olga of Port Alberni and Lucille of Vancouver.
– Sarah Anne (nee Miller) Roebuck was born on June 9, 1870. She married Sam Roebuck and they raised a family of six children: Henrietta, Leslie, Hannah, Gordon, Helen and Marion the youngest born in 1900. Sarah passed away June 24, 1902. Her husband, Sam remarried in 1908 (Florence McIntyre, a widow with two daughters, Vi and Mae) and they had three more children, John, Jessie and Arthur.
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– Edith Clara (nee Tunbridge) Scarth was born in London, England in 1895, and the only daughter of George and Clara Tunbridge. During the First World War she served in the army pay office. She married, Ralph Scarth. On August 20, 1920, at the All Saints Cathedral in Winnipeg. They moved to a homestead north of Preeceville. They had three children: Gordon born in 1921, Hazel born in 1923 and Raymond born in 1934. Ralph and Edith made two trips back to England to visit family. In 1970 they retired and moved to Preeceville. Edith passed away in 1994.
– Ralph was born in Castleton, Yorkshire, England in 1889. There were nine children in the family. Working conditions were not good in England at the time. The urge to go to Canada was such that in 1911 he came to Canada. Here he found plenty of work. In 1915 he enlisted in the Canadian army and was sent overseas where he served from 1916-1919. He was wounded and received the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He married Edith Tunbridge on August 20, 1920 in the All Saints Cathedral in Winnipeg. They homesteaded north of Preeceville. From 1922 to 1930 Ralph worked as a teamster and they lived in the Porcupine Forest Reserve. They moved back to the farm in 1930 so that the children could attend Brookview School. Ralph like army life, so during the Second World War he enlisted for six years as a guard for soldiers near Banff. They retired to Preeceville in 1970. Ralph passed away in 1982, at the age of ninety-three years.
– Annie (nee Antoniuk) Scebenski was born October 10, 1917 to parents John and Sadie (Mostowchuk) Antoniuk. After leaving school, Annie went out working. On October 2, 1937 she married Metro Scebenski. They farmed in the Hinchcliffe area. They had a family of six children: Henry, Mary, Nettie, Mervin, Rosie and Jack. In 1964 they retired from farming and moved to Lady Lake, where for 11 years, they operated a grocery store and gas filling station. Annie passed away December 1, 1985.
– Henry Scebenski, 55 of Lady Lake, died on October 8, 1993. Born on August 18, 1938 in Willowbrook, he was educated at Etoimamie Valley School. He worked for Sask. Pool Construction, then for Super-crete. In 1956 he went to work for the Department of Highways. On May 16, 1959 he married Elizabeth (Pat) Mikenas in the United Church, Kelliher. In 1960, they moved to Hinchliffe, where they operated the store and post office, while he also did custom land clearing for a number of years. They then bought a farm in the district and continued with the land clearing, while farming. He also logged for many years while he was on the farm. In 1979 he managed a welding shop at Preeceville and farmed. Predeceased by Metro and Ann Scebenski, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sons, Darcy (Trudy) of Preeceville, Michael (Bonnie) of Toronto and Robert (Bonnie) of Russell, MB; a daughter, Juanita of Drayton Valley, AB; two brothers, Mervin (Pearl) of Hinchliffe and Jack (Shelly of Hinchliffe; three sisters, Mary (Julian) of Surrey, BC, Nettie (Bill) of Nanaimo and Rose (Eugene) of Kelowna; and two grandchildren.
– Metro Scebenski was born October 20, 1910. He was a blacksmith at the time of his marriage to Anne Antoniuk in 1937. Metro cut cordwood in winter and in summer did custom work breaking land and threshing. In 1949, they rented land near Usherville for 2 ½ years and later purchased quarter of land near Hinchcliffe, where they lived for 22 years. They raised a family of three boys and three girls. Metro served on the local school board as a trustee for 22 years and was also a Wheat Pool member on the board for 10 years. He retired from farming in 1964 and moved to Lady Lake, where they operated a grocery store and gas station. Due to Metro’s health they closed the store, remaining in Lady Lake. Metro passed away January 23, 1992.
- Marina Louise. Funeral service for Marian Louise Sjuberg, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Sjuberg of Endeavour, who died Friday 1974 in Canora Union Hospital, was held on Monday in Godfrey’s Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Marina was born in Regina on October 17, 1973. Besides her parents, she is survived by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Sjuberg of Endeavour and Mr. and Mrs. Eamer of Regina.
– Lindsey Randolph Sjuberg, 23, died in a mine accident at Snow Lake on May 30, 1977. Funeral service was held in the chapel of Godfrey's Funeral Home, at Preeceville on June 6th. Burial was in Hinchliffe Cemetery. Born at Camrose, AB, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sjuberg of Drayton Valley, AB and formerly of Endeavour district, he was raised at Bashaw, AB, where he took his early schooling. In 1965, he moved with his parents to Drayton Valley, where he finished high school. He first worked in Eldorado Mines later going to Snow Lake. He is survived by his parents; a brother, Terry and a sister Rachel, of Drayton Valley.
– Myrtle L. Sjuberg was born October 28, 1907 on the family homestead north of Preeceville. Her parents were Elmer and Elizabeth Dolton, who immigrated to Canada in 1905. Myrtle had two sisters, Mabel and Alma and a brother Fredrick. She attended Beaver Falls and Sunny Brae Schools. . She married William C. Sjuberg in 1924. They raised five children: Cliff, Blanche, Bernice, Warren and John. Myrtle passed away in 2003.
– William C. Sjuberg was born December 12, 1900 in Lafyette, Minnesota. He came to Canada with his family in the spring of 1906 and they settled at Mozaet, SK. They later moved to the Canora district. He married Myrtle Dolton of Preeceville in 1924. They farmed in the Preeceville and Endeavour areas and eventually settled in the Endeavour area in 1935. William passed away in 1993.
– Evelyn (Evie) Stoneman was born in 1914 and passed away gently at the age of 92 on February 7, 2007, at the Mayfair Nursing home in Calgary. Her husband Richard in 1991 and a son David predeceased Evie. She is survived by her daughter Agnes Wolfe of Elkhorn, MN and her son Woody (Gerry) of Calgary, 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren. Evie, the oldest of thirteen children, is also survived by four sisters and two brothers. A life well lived, safe home, eternal peace. We love you.
– William R. Stoneman (known as Dick) was born in 1904 and came to the Hinchcliffe district in 1934. He married Evelyn on May 5, 1937. They started farming with four horses and borrowed implements. Cash was short so Dick started a dance band, which was successful and continued on for a few years. Dick working in bush camps earned additional income. They had a family of three children: David, Agnes and Elwood. Richard was admired for his performances with his trained goat and pony. He traveled most of late summers, with the Lewchuk Midway of Canora. They farmed for 25 years and then retired to Calgary. Dick passed away in 1991.
- Eileen Margaret (nee Lowe) 38, of Whitecourt, AB and formerly of Hinchcliffe, SK , died August 7, 2002 in the Meadow Lake district. Funeral service was held on August 12 in the chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home. Burial was in Etoimamie Cemetery. Born July 29, 1964 in Preeceville to Wayne and Shirley (nee Masko) Lowe, she was educated at Sturgis Elementary and Composite Schools and Kelvington High School. She worked as a rider for the community pasture in Lady Lake, at McDonalds, and a support worker for the Echo Society. She was past president and member of the Oil Wives Club of Whitecourt and Citizens on Patrol. On July 23, 1983 she married Ronald Stroeder at ST. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Sturgis. She is survived by her husband, Ronald, parents Wayne and Shirley, two sons, Derek and Donavan both of Whitecourt, AB. Two brothers, Harvey (Joannne) Lowe of Hinchcliffe, and one sister, Doreen (Earl) Bochnuik of Hinchcliffe
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– Frank Tanner was born in 1915. He married Rhea in 1947 and raised two children, Gail and Hedley. After a farming partnership with his dad and his brother dissolved, they continued farming. Frank’s health rapidly deteriorated until he no longer could work the land and was forced to give it up. Frank passed away on March 6, 1975.
– Kate (nee Woodward) Tanner was born on December 4, 1896 near Sherwod Forest, England. She came to Canada with her parents, John and Elizabeth Woodward, at the age of eleven in 1907. She married Robert Tanner in 1917 and they raised four children: Frank, Jack, Hilda and Doreen. They retired to Preeceville in 1957. After her husband’s death, Kate moved to the Lions Hostel and lived there until her death on March 6, 1979.
- Rhea (nee Mastrachuk). Funeral service for Rhea Tanner 83, of Preeceville, who died April 29 at Kamsack Nursing Home, was held on May 4, 2004 at Preeceville Funeral Home. Burial was in the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born on August 7, 1920 to Harry and Mary Mastrachuk in the Brookview district, north of Sturgis, she attended Bookview School. She worked as a domestic in various places. In 1943 she moved to the west coast to work in a lumber mill in Hammond Cedar. After the war, she returned to Saskatchewan and work in Fort San until 1947. On August 7, 1947 she married Frank Tanner in Preeceville. She worked at the Preeceville Union Hospital until she retired in 1985. Predeceased by her husband, Frank, her parents Harry and Mary, two sisters, Nettie Demetrick and Polly Peters, and three brothers, John, Willie and Mike, she is survived by a son Hedley (Linda) of Bethune, SK; a daughter Gail of Saskatoon; a brother Alex (Doris) of Sturgis; a sister Lois (Anton) Melnychuk of Porcupine Plain, and three grandchildren
– Robert (Bert) Tanner was born on March 28, 1888 and grew up in London, England. At the age of 22 he came to Canada. On January 1, 1910, he landed in Peterborough, ON, where he was employed on a dairy farm. After two years, he went west and first landed in Yorkton, SK and then proceeded to Preeceville. In 1912 he filed on a homestead in the Hinchliffe district. He suffered many hardships, as most pioneers did, in clearing land to grow crops on and trying to construct living accommodations. His home was burned down to the ground by an arsonist an all his possessions were lost. He rebuilt and went on with the job of living the life he had chosen. On December 7, 1917, he married Kate Woodward. They had four children: Frank, Jack, Hilda and Doreen. Robert helped build CNR tracks from Sturgis north during the summer, and worked on threshing crews at harvest time. He was the first Wheat Pool secretary to hold that position for 31 years. He helped to organize the Hinchliffe Community Hall, as well as the Etoimamie Cemetery. In 1957 he retired and moved to Preeceville at the age of 70. He devoted all his time to painting pictures, signs for business places, for farm trucks and so on. Robert passed away April 12, 1971.
- Birden. Funeral service for Birden Thideman, 72 who died September 5, 1974 at his home at the Endeavour district, was held September 9th in Godfreys Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Alan Whitton of Canora officiating. Burial was in the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born at Sacred Heart, Minn. , he came to Canada with his parents in 1911. He had resided in the district since. Predeceased by his father in 1942 and his mother in 1957, he is survived by his sister, Ethel Mitchell of Preeceville, and three brothers, Philip, Erwin and Maurice of Endeavour.
- Edith. Funeral service for Edith Thideman 88, of Preeceville and formerly of Endeavour, who died August 11, 2003 in Wadena was held August 14 at the chapel of Preeceville Funeral home. Burial was in the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born on December 5, 1914 in Preeceville, Edith Mitchell attended Beaver Bluff School. She worked on the Mitchell family farm and on the Thideman farm. She married Philip Thideman at the Preeceville United Church on December 15, 1936. She was a member of the Mothers’ Union, Anglican Church women, Club 60 and the Farm Wives Club. Predeceased by her husband Philip, and three brothers, William, Bert and John, she is survived by a daughter, Elaine Hrycenko of Preeceville; a brother Sam Mitchell of Bonn, Germany; a sister Pearl Swanson of Preeceville; a granddaughter Eldeen (Lawrence) Poznick of Saskatoon, and two great-grandsons, Greg and Grant Poznick of Saskatoon.
– Erwin was born at Sacred Heart, Minn. on August 4, 1900. He came to Canada with his parents, Olaf and Marie Thideman and brothers’ Birden, Maurice and Phillip and sister Ethel in 1911. They established a family farm and also worked for local farmers. When number 9 highway was built, Erwin became maintenance man for a section of the highway that passed by their farm. He was a well-known mechanic and carpenter in the district. He remained a bachelor. He retired to a home in the Philip Thideman farmyard. Erwin died January 10, 1975 in the Preeceville Hospital.
– Larry Alvin Thideman was born on May 25, 1945 to Mildred and Maurice Thideman at the Preeceville Hospital. He grew up on the family farm at Endeavour, where he still resided until his passing on November 7, 2012 in Preeceville Hospital. Larry enjoyed and was very faithful to complete any chore he was give. He enjoyed all kinds of music and watching shows about animals and scenery. He enjoyed cats, dogs, horses and cattle and traveling with his family to AB, MB and the States to visit family and friends. Larry was a very kind soul who taught us all, a lot of life lessons with out saying a word. He was predeceased by his parents, Mildred and Maurice; brothers, Raymond, Norman, Kenny and Leonard; sisters, Isabel (infancy) and Florence Schoepp; He is survived by his brothers Dennis (Laurie), Lloyd (Linda), Allan (Ruth) and sister, Esther German; 21 nieces and nephews.
– Leonard Maurice Thideman was born on April 22, 1937 on the homestead. His parents were Maurice and Mildred Thideman. He attended Brookview and Lillian rural Schools. He lived and worked on the farm at home. He also worked in bush camps, cut pulp and cordwood and worked for farmers. He passed away in 1959
– Marie was born in 1875. She married Olaf Thideman in Sacred Heart, Minn. They came with their five children to Canada in 1911. They arrived by train at Tiny, SK, where they were met by relatives, who helped them, unload their settler’s effects. They journeyed north to Eric and Bertha Roste’s (Marie’s parents) homestead in the North Prairie district, where they spent the winter. They filed on a homestead and moved there in 1912. As the children got older they were very helpful to their parents. Marie and her daughter Ethel helped with the chores, cooked, sewed, cared for the home and gardened. Thideman’s was often the place for everyone to gather on Sunday to play horseshoe, ball or just to visit. Marie, often referred to as Granny Thideman, started Sunday church service in her home. After her husband died in 1942, Marie remained on the farm with hr bachelor sons, Erwin and Birden. Marie passed away in 1957.
– Maurice Thideman was born December 12, 1903 at Sacred Heart, Minn. He immigrated to Canada in November 1911 with his parents, Olaf and Marie Thideman and brothers; Erwin, Birden and Phillip and sister Ethel. Maurice attended Etoimamie Valley School for a short time, then had to go out to work at the young age of 12 years to support himself. He worked for farmers in the area and later on the day in Preeceville. He married Mary Isabelle (Belle) Miller and they had three children: Raymond, Norman and Kenneth. Belle passed away in 1929 and is buried in the Preeceville Cemetery. Maurice then married Mildred Miller, younger sister of Belle. In the spring of 1937, Maurice and Mildred bought land and moved in November 1937. They farmed until 1968 and rented out the farm, but continued to live there. During this time, Maurice also cut cordwood and pulp; trapped and spent many winters working in bushcamps. They had eight children: Isabelle, Leonard, Florence, Dennis, Lloyd, Allan, Larry and Esther. Maurice passed away in 1982.
– Olaf Thideman was born in 1876. He married Marie Roste in Sacred Heart, Minn. Olaf and Marie and their children: Erwin, Birden, Maurice, Ethel and Phillip, came to Canada from Sacred Heart in 1911 and spent the winter in the North Prairie District at the home of Marie’s parents. They filed on a homestead in the Etoimamie Valley School district. In 1912 they built a log house and barn and started to clear the land. Olaf worked out as a labourer and then purchased a threshing machine and threshed for many neighbors. This was a source of cash for making farm improvements. Olaf and his boys cut down trees and hauled them by teams of horses to Preeceville. Olaf died in 1942.
– Philip was born to Olaf and Marie Thideman in Sacred Heart, Minn. in 1911 and at six weeks old came to Canada with his parents. He attended the Etoimamie Valley School. And for several years of those years he was janitor. H was one of the first students to complete grade eight. He loved sports: baseball, racing, high jump, pole vaulting and dancing. His love of dancing led to calling square dances. He helped on the family farm; cut and hauled wood; worked for local farmers. He bought his first quarter of land in 1934. In 1936, he married Edith Mitchell of Preeceville. They had a mixed farming operation. Their daughter Elaine married Ernest Hrycenko. They retired in 1976, but stayed on the farm and assisted Ed with the farm work. In 1984 their farmhouse was moved to Preeceville, and remodeled. They took an active part in the development of the Church of Our Saviour. They both served on the vestry board of the St. James Anglican Church in Endeavour. Philip passed away in 1989.
– Alexander E. Thomson was born in April 1899 to parents James and Louisa Thomson in Ontario. He married Annie Barr on March 24, 1923 at Tugaske, SK. They worked on a farm there until 1930 and then moved to Hazel Dell, SK. Alex worked on the railway and in 1950 was transferred to Endeavour. Alex passed away suddenly on June 4, 1959
– Annie Thomson was born in February 1906, in Manitoba to parents George and Annie Barr. She married Alex Thomson in 1923 and they raised nine children: Dorothy born in 1923-1954, Olive 1925 and Earl (1927) born in Tugaske, SK and Richard born in Oct 1930, Ralph born in 1932, remained a bachelor, Thelma born in Dec. 1934, Ron born in 1936, Vi born Dec 1939 and Rosalie born in Hazel Dell in July 1948, SK. After her husband passed away, Annie and her daughter Rosalie moved to Davidson, SK in 1959 to look after Annie’s parents. Annie worked and retired in this district until her passing on Sept. 10, 1986. Annie had twenty-one grandchildren.
– Charles William Ward Truax was born in 1872 in Minnesota, USA. His parents were Moses O.W. and Laura Truax. His siblings were: Frank, Josephine, Lucy, Julia, Jennie and Ernest. In 1894 he was married and in 1911 Charles came to Canada and homesteaded in the Etoimamie Valley district. He brought with him a boxcar loaded with six horses; two dogs, farm tools and house hold items. He moved into vacant log building by Squaw Lake. He had to travel several miles to get to his homestead to put in a crop and would only come home on weekends. In 1912 his wife Mary and daughter Lena arrived by train. Charles spent several weeks in the Preeceville Hospital and then was sent to Regina. He died there on April 13, 1947.
– Mary K. Truax was born in 1877 in the United States. She came to Canada with her daughter in 1912 to join her husband on the homestead by Squaw Lake. Before her daughter left home to attend school in Yorkton, Mary worked at the Golden West Hotel as a cook. After her husband passed away, she sold the land and moved to Illinois to live with her daughter Lena. Mary passed away on June 8, 1949 and was brought back to Canada to be buried beside her husband at the Etoimamie Cemetery.
– Mary Ann Turner was born in 1871 in England and came from Lancashire, England to Springside, SK. in 1909, with her husband, William and children Alice and William Jr. Turner.
Shortly after, they moved to Fultons Mill in the Reserve. They stayed there until 1912 and then moved to a homestead in the Etoimamie district. Mary belonged to the Etoimamie Red Cross committee, during World War I. She passed away in 1918
– William Turner was born in 1868. In 1908 William, his wife Mary Ann and children, Alice and William Jr. (Bill) came from Lancashire, England to Springside, SK. Shortly after in a three decked wagon box pulled by a team of horses, they moved to Fultons Mill in the reserve. They stayed there until 1912 and then filed on a homestead NE1/4 14-36-5. From 1912 to 1920 William used a team of oxen for farming and also used for travelling, going to Preeceville for groceries, which took about 14 hours each way. Extra money was raised by going out threshing for other farmers, milking cows for cream and cutting wood. William spent his last years with his grand daughter. He died in 1943 at the age of 75.
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– Kelvin Walker 46 of Sturgis, died on February 17, 2006 at Regina General Hospital. Funeral service was held at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Kelvin was born to Rudy and Norma Walker. He attended school in Sturgis. He worked for JK Redi-mix, Kevron Trucking. Phelan Trucking and various other trucking and construction companies. Most recently he worked for Dale Carter Construction. He was a member of the Kinsmen Club, the church board, the Farmers Union, School, UGG, NFU, the Livestock Co-op, and the Grain Marketing Club. He married Sherri Allen on July 19, 1986, at the Sturgis United Church. Predeceased by his parents and his grandparents, he is survive by his wife, Sherri; his parents-in-law, Sheila and Dennis Allen; three daughters, Megan of Medicine Hat and Erinn and Brooke of Sturgis; two brothers, Terry of Strathclair, MB and Lloyd (Fairlie) of Swift Current; a brother-in-law Darcy Allen of Yorkton; two sisters Paulette (Eugene) Rozdeba of Strathclair and Geraldine Mitchell of Regina; and sister-in-laws, Charlene (Don) Spearing and Cynthia (Marc) Casavant of East End, SK.
- Norma Myrtle (nee Crozier). Service for Norma Walker 69 of Preeceville and formerly of the Sturgis district, who died June 17th at the Preeceville Hospital, was held June 20th at Grace United Church in Sturgis. Burial was in Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born June 14, 1928 whe was educated in Etoimamie and Douglas, MN. She married Rudolph Walker on June 15, 1947, and was a member of the Corfin Ladies Aid. Predeceased by her parents, John Crozier in 1988 and Lucy Crozier in 1995, she is survived by her husband, Rudolph, three sons Terry of Straithclair, MN, Kelvin (Sherri) of Sturgis and Lloyd (Fairlie) of Swift Current; two daughters, Paulette Razdeba of Straithclair and Geraldine Mitchell of Swift Current. Four brothers Clifford and Alvin Crozier of Endeavour, Ken of The Pas and Milton of Regina; three sisters, Winnie Reid and Beth Panchman both of Swift Current and Evelyn Carlson of Regina, and 11 grandchildren
- Rudolph Walker 80, of Preeceville and formerly of Tadmore district, passed away on February 13, 1999 at Norquay Health Centre. Rudolph was born on August 12, 1918 in Plumas, MB. He was educated at Forest Hill and Corofin schools. He spent most of his life working on the family farm except for the three years that he served in the army from July 1942 to 1945. He was married to Norma Crozier on June 15, 1947 at the Lutheran Church in Preeceville. Predeceased by his wife Norma; five brothers, Jacob in infancy (1910), John (1922), George (1973), Carl ((1986), Bill in 1991 and two sisters, Theresa in 1922 and Elizabeth Engler in 1995. He is survived by his three sons, Terry, Kelvin and Lloyd; and two daughters, Paulette and Geraldine; a brother, Fred (Mary) of Sturgis; two sisters, Caroline (Elmer) Sjolie of Sturgis and Alvina Meech of New Westminster, BC and 11 grandchildren.
– Margaret Wall, 98 years, 11 months, of Regina and formerly of the Endeavour/Preeceville district, passed away peacefully March 21st at her home in Regina. Funeral held in the chapel of the Preeceville Funeral Home. Born April 15, 1908, daughter of Paul and Marie Siemens. She was educated in Lillian School in the Endeavour district and was on e of the first pupils to attend when it opened in 1918. She married Norman Wall, December 11, 1929 in the United Church Manse in Preeceville. Together they farmed in the Endeavour district for 33 years and raised three daughters. In 1962, due to her poor health, they sold the farm and made their home in Preeceville. In October 1997, one year after Norman passed away; she sold their home and moved to Regina to live with her daughter Lynn Eberle, where she remained until hr passing. Margaret was a member of St. James Anglican Church of Endeavour, member of the Lady Lake Anglican Ladies Auxiliary and the Preeceville public library and a life member of the Preeceville Legion Ladies Auxiliary since 1963. She was an avid gardener and baker all her life. Her children and grandchildren loved her fresh homemade bread and bus including hr last batch she made 2 weeks prior to her passing. She was actively involved in the community and a friend to all. Predecease by her husband of 66 years, Norman in 1996; her mother in 1954; stepfather in 1960 and stepbrother, Wes in 1986, daughter Hazel Crozier in 2006. She leaves to mourn and will be sadly missed by her two daughters, Betty (Marvin) Shatosky of Swift Current and Lynn (Al) Eberle of Regina; 14 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.
– Norman was born in 1899 at Swindon, England. He immigrated to Canada in 1920. He worked on several farms in SK and ON. In 1926 he purchased some property. He took up residence along with his brother John, who lived with him during the winter months. Norman went to work cutting poplar trees for firewood and cordwood. This was the way he cleared his land and traded the cordwood for groceries. In 1929, he married Margaret Siemens. They had three daughters, Hazel, Betty and Lynn. Norman served in World War 1 and joined the Veterans Guard in 1943 till 1945. They farmed until 1961 and then sold the farm and moved to Preeceville. In 1964 Norman took a job at the Esso Bulk station and worked there until the business was sold 1975. Norman passed away in 1996.
- Alfred "Buck", 80 of Lady Lake passed away on May 24, 2005 in the Regina General Hospital. The funeral service was held on May 26th at the Trinity United Church in Preeceville. Burial was in Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born May 2, 1919 to Alfred and Alice Wardle on the family farm near Lady Lake, he was educated at Etoimamie Valley School. He worked in lumber camps, on the CN railway, for the department of highways, and as a farm labourer. Predeceased by his parents and brothers George, John, Harry and Maynard, he is survived by two brothers, Leonard of Preeceville and Ralph (Polly) of Melville, and six sisters, Evelyn Stoneman of Strathmore, AB Florence (John) Antonichuk, Minnie Fortna and Alice Rivokoski, all of Lady Lake, Mayme Sells of Sturgis, and Mae (Phil) Duke of Regina.
– Alfred Sr. was born in 1892 and came to Canada from Carpenter, South Dakota in 1910 with his brother John, who took a homestead. Alfred worked in Canora in the winter months and helped his brother on the farm in summer. In 1911 and 1912 he worked at Fultons Mill, where he met Alice Turner. They were married in January 1914. They homesteaded in the Etoimamie district. They raised a family of 13 children. Alfred died in 1957.
– Alice (nee Turner) was born in 1896 in England to parents William and Mary Ann Turner. She married Alfred Wardle in January 1914 and they homesteaded. In 1916 they traded the homestead for a new Model T Ford car and moved to Tadmore. They returned to the district of Etoimamie in 1918. In 1921 they purchased the Weeks farm. They had a family of thirteen children: Evelyn, Florence, Wilfred, Willard, Albert, Mayme, Alfred, Harry, Leonard, Maynard, Minnie, George and John. After her husband died in 1957, Alice remained on the farm north of Lady Lake. She passed away in 1985.
– Dennis Wardle, died in 1968. He was the infant son of Maynard and Evelyn Wardle of Lady Lake.
– Evelyn Wardle, 23 of Lady Lake, died June 11, 1969 in Regina General Hospital from injuries suffered June 5th when her car turned over in the ditch on #9 highway 3 mils south of Endeavour. Evelyn Strijack was born on the farm of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wasyl Strijack at Endeavour. She was educated at Brookview and high school in Sturgis. She worked at Preeceville until 1967, when she married Maynard Wardle of Lady Lake, where they farmed. She was an active member of Lady Lake Anglican Women’s Association and Lady Lake hall association. Predeceased by an infant son in December, she is survived by her parents, 2 sisters, Helen Libel of Regina and Mary Karcha of Lady Lake; 4 brothers, Nick and Victor of Endeavour, David of Ebenezer and George of Lady Lake.
– Harry Wardle, 69 of the Lady Lake district, passed away March 22, 1995 in the Preeceville Hospital. Born on December 1, 1925 in the Lady Lake district, he was educated at Etoimamie Valley School. After leaving school he worked for a short period of time on the farm. In 1943, he went to Guelph, ON., where he obtained a job with the Guelph Stove Company. In 1944 he quit his job, went to London, ON and joined the Canadian Armed Forces. He took his basic training at North Bay, ON and Camp Shilo, MB. In 1945, he went overseas and was stationed there until the end of the war. While in England he worked in the personnel service department. He returned home bus in time for harvest in 1946 an remained on the farm. He spent a number of winters working in the bush camps and lumber mills in Ontario and Sask. Also a carpenter, he spent a number of summers with the UGG elevator repair crews. He hunted fished. He was a member of the Sturgis branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Predeceased by his father, Alfred and his mother Alice; and two brothers, George and Maynard, he is survived by four brothers, Alfred, John (Rose) and Leonard, all of Preeceville, and Ralph (Polly) of Melville; six sisters, Eve Stoneman of Strathmore, Florie (John) Antonichuk of Preeceville, Mayme (Cliff) Sells of Sturgis, Minnie Fortna of Preeceville, Alice (Bill) Rivokoski of Preeceville and Mae (Phil) Duke of Regina.
- John. Funeral service for John Wardle, 81 of Preeceville and formerly of Lady Lake district, who died January 8, 2004 at Preeceville Lions Hostel, was held on January 12th at the Preeceville Funeral Home. Burial was in the Etoimamie Valley Cemetery. Born on August 1, 1922 in Preeceville to Alfred and Alice Wardle, he was educated at Etoimamie School. He logged for several years and then worked for CN Railway and Dale’s Construction. He was a mechanic for Co-op implements for 22 years. Even after he returned, he overhauled tractors and serviced farm equipment. He farmed most of his life. For four years, he was president of the Etoimamie Riding Club. He helped spear head the Lady Lake and Hinchcliffe community well projects. He was president of the Lake Lake well committee for six years. On May 6, 1944 he married Rose Zimmer at Preeceville United Church. Predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Alice, and three brothers George, Maynard and Harry, he is survived by his wife, Rose; two sons, Barry of Dorintosh, SK and Ted (Cindy) of Preeceville; three daughters, Grace Strelezki of Dorintosh, Jane Strijak of Kelowna and Bonnie Andrews of Kelowna; three brothers, Alfred and Leonard of Lady Lake and Ralph of Melville; six sisters, Evelyn Stoneman, Florie Antonichuk, Mayme Sells , Minnie Fortna, Alice Rivokoski of Preeceville and Mae (Phil) Duke of Regina; 18 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
– Leonard Wardle of Preeceville, passed away August 1, 2007 at the Preeceville hospital. Leonard was born June 24, 1932 on the Wardle family farm. He was the 11th child born to Alice Turner and Alfred Wardle. He received his education at the Etoimamie Valley School in the Hinchliffe district. Upon leaving school, he stayed and worked on the farm. He farmed successfully with his brothers, Maynard and Harry and was instrumental in changing the family farm from a mixed, mostly grain, to a beef operation in the early 60’s. As Leonard’s interest in cattle grew he read every veterinary book he could get his hands on. As his knowledge grew, he became a self-taught veterinarian, well known in the district. His dedication to his vet work was undeniable, as he would travel many miles in freezing cold or pouring rain in the middle of the night to answer a call. During winters, Leonard skidded logs in the bush with his team of horses, Sandy and Goldie and spent many summers trail riding for the community pasture. He was involved with the Etoimamie Valley Riding Club. He was predeceased by his brothers, George, John, Alfred, Maynard and Harry; and his sisters, Minnie Fortna and Evelyn Stoneman; and his parents Alfred and Alice Wardle.
– Maynard Wardle, 60 of Lady Lake, died on October 30, 1990 in the Plains Health Centre in Regina. Funeral held in Trinity United Church in Preeceville. Born on January 21, 1930 in the Preeceville district, he was educated at Etoimamie Valley School. He farmed, worked as a welder and worked in the bush. On November 4, 1967, he married Evelyn Strijak at Endeavour. Predeceased by his parents, Alice and Alfred; his wife Evelyn in 1969, an infant son, Dennis in 1968 and a brother George in 194, he is survived by five brothers, Alfred, John (Rose), Harry and Leonard all of Preeceville and Ralph (Pauline) of Melville; six sisters, Evelyn (Richard) Stoneman of Strathmore, AB, Florence (John) Antonichuk of Preeceville, Mary (Clifford) Sells of Sturgis, Minnie Fortna of Preeceville, Alice (Bill) Rivokoski of Preeceville and Mae (Phil) Duke of Regina
- Rose Margaret Wardle, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2012 at the age of 90 years. She was born May 28, 1922 to John and Emillie (Fialkowski) Zimmer in Waldron, SK. In 1927 her family moved from Grayson to Rockford, SK. This is where she started her education. In 1932, her family moved to Usherville and eventually moved to Hinchcliffe. This is where she finished her schooling. After her schooling she went to work for the Golden West Hotel and Grier Farms. On May 4, 1944 Rose married her friend John Wardle at the United Church in Preeceville. They resided on their farm near Lady Lake, until John’s health failed and they moved to Preeceville in 2001. Rose was a caregiver by heart. She cared for her mother for the last 3 years of her life an when John’s health was failing she cared for him for as long as she was able. Rose was very content with life on the farm and after John passed; she always talked about moving back to the farm. She missed the privacy of the farm. Gardening was a passion for Rose and the farm were proof with the many colors and kinds of flowers that she grew. Rose was predeceased by her husband, John; her son-in-law George Strijak; her parents John an Emillie Zimmer; her brothers, George, Frank, Joseph, William, Pete, Anthony, Edward and David. Rose is survived bay a sister, Mary Buckle and her five children: Grace (Paul) Strelezki, Jane Strijak, Barry Wardle, Ted (Cindy) Wardle, Bonnie (Doug) Andrews; 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Funeral service held at the Trinity United Church in Preeceville.
– Ellen (nee Reed) Westphal was born at Brighton, Sussex, England on December 1, 1878.She was employed at a large hotel, when she met Frederick Westphal. They were married in England on April 8, 1905 and the next day, set sail for Canada. Upon arrival at Halifax, they took a train to Winnipeg and were told they could find employment working on farms at Waskada, MB. They were not happy here, so in November 1905, they moved to Sask. They came by train to Canora, where Ellen stayed and worked as a waitress in Canora’s first hotel. A daughter, Ethel was born in 1908 and a second daughter, Gertrude was born in February 1915. Ellen passed away on May 14, 1946.
– Fredrick was born in Weddersteadt, Germany on August 27, 1873. He was the son of a farmer. He helped his parents on the farm until the age of about 27 years when he left his homeland and went to Brighton, England. He found work at a large hotel as a waiter. He also joined the band that entertained on the grounds around the hotel. Here he met Ellen Reed and they married in April 1905. The following day they set sail for Canada. They worked in Manitoba for a short time and then came to Sask. and took up a homestead in the Astwood district, which is about 2 ½ miles south of where Endeavour is now located. In the spring of 1906, they built a small log house with a sod roof and log buildings for their livestock and chickens. Fred trapped furs in winter and cleared land in summer. They had two daughters. Frederick passed away on September 22, 1956.
– Mary Adelia Wilkinson, age 87, of Creston, BC and formerly of Endeavour, passed away March 21, 1983 in a Creston Hospital. Funeral service held in the Endeavour Fellowship Hall. Mary Adelia Hindman was born October 7, 1895 at Waterville, Minn.; she was educated at Westford School near Truman, Minn. Her mother died when she was 12 years old and she then lived with her uncle, Robert Brownlee, until she married William Robert Wilkinson, on January 3, 1917 at Truman. In March 1921, they moved to a farm north of Sturgis, where she lived until her husband’s death in 1967. She moved to Endeavour, then her daughter took her to Creston, BC where she remained until her death. Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by a son, Johnnie of Sturgis; a daughter Evelyn (Don) Burroughs of Creston; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
– Elizabeth (Soar) Woodward was born in 1894 and emigrated to Canada in 1904, with her husband John and children, from Old Basford, Nottingham, England. She was a lace mill worker in England. In the spring of 1905, they moved to the Astwood district. Elizabeth was president of the Etoimamie Valley Red Cross for many years. They had four children: Kate (Tanner), Edith (Adamson), Frank and Harry. Elizabeth passed away in 1965
– Frank Woodward was born December 27, 1899 to John and Elizabeth Woodward. He emigrated from England with is parents in 1905. They homesteaded in the Endeavour area. When Frank grew up, he was a natural in the woods. He enjoyed hunting and trapping. His first quarter of land was purchased from the proceeds of the sale of wild fur. He and his wife raised mink for a few years and at one time raised sheep. In 1941 Frank married Jenny Yanchenski of Preeceville. They had two daughters: Marlene and Jacqueline. Frank passed away February 7,1997.
– John Henry Woodward and his wife Elizabeth (nee Soar) and family, emigrated from the village of Bullwell, England to Canada in 1905. They traveled to Brandon, MB to join family members that had arrived two years earlier. The family received quite a shock to find snow in Canada. John filed on a homestead and started building a log house, complete with dirt floor and sod roof. He then returned to Brandon for his family. John was very active in the community and at one time served as Justice of the Peace. They raised four children: Kate born in 1895, Edith born in 1897, Frank born in 1899 and Harry in 1916. John passed away in his sleep in 1962.
– Alice A. Wright 90 of Preeceville, died on March 23, 1974 in Preeceville Hospital. She was born at Astwood Band, near Redditch, in Worcestershire, England. She came to Canada in 1911, settling in the Preeceville district, later known as Astwood Ranch near Lady Lake. In 1912, she married Frederick Wright, who predeceased her in 1928. Alice lived on the farm for 63 years, talking an active part in the farm work routine, until a year ago, when she had to be hospitalized for the remainder of her life. Predeceased by four brothers and three sisters in England she is survived by a son Frederick. Mrs. Wright was a generous supporter of many community projects through the Lady Lake Anglican Church WA group, the Etoimamie Valley Ladies Aid Society and Red Cross.
– Frederick Thomas Wright, 81 of Preeceville, passed away June 15, 1995 at Preeceville Hospital. Born March 20, 1914 in Astwood, SK., he took over the family farm at age 14 and raised sheep, cattle and grain. A member of the Lady Lake Hall board and was a member of the Lady Lake Regional Park board. He served as secretary for United Grain Growers, Lady Lake Local, for 25 years. His mother Alice Adelaide, his father FW Wright, one brother, Victor and three sisters, Elsie, Winnifred and Helen predeceased him.
– Frederick W. Wright was born in 1857. In the spring of 1892, Fred, his wife Emily and their two children, Elsie Adeline and Victor Charles left Worcestershire, England for Canada. Shortly after arriving a daughter was born, Winnifred Elizabeth Glass. The family ranched for about five years near Saltcoats and then in 1897 moved to the Astwood Ranch in the district of Lady Lake. A third daughter was born here, Helen Sarah Victoria. In May of 1905 his wife passed away at the age of 42 and was buried in Yorkton. In 1908, Fred managed the Astwood post office and was also appointed a J.P. and Judge. His daughter Helen died when nearly 11, from appendicitis. In 1911, Fred went to England to promote Canada and encourage immigrants. When he returned, he brought back his new bride, Adelaide Alice. They had a son, Frederick Thomas born in 1914. Fred passed away in January of 1928 at the age of 70.
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– Emily was born in 1903. She married John Zimmer in 1919. They farmed and also owned a blacksmith shop and a coffee shop in Lady Lake. They had ten children: George, Frank, Joe, Bill, Rose, Mary, Pete, Tony, Dave and Ed. They farmed for eleven years then moved to Usherville. After her husband died in 1961 she moved to Preeceville, where she lived in the Lions Senior Housing units until 1980. She then moved to live with her daughter, Rose and husband John Wardle, until she passed away in 1984.
– John Zimmer and Emily were married in 1919, at Grayson, SK. John worked as a steam engineer in the Grayson and Waldron area. In 1927 they moved to the Rockford distract, where they farmed and John worked as a blacksmith and built sleighs and cutters. They moved to Lady Lake in 1935 and he opened a blacksmith shop. In 1942-43, he worked on the Alaska Highway. In 1945 they opened a coffee shop at Lady Lake and sold it in 1948. They went back to farming in the Usherville district for eleven years then moved into Usherville. John passed away in 1961.