Adams, Perry Walter
B: 22 Dec 1941, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
M: 26 Jun 1965, Linda Gail Austin, at McKenzie U.C.C., Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
FN: Walter Adams
MN: Beryl Scharff
Children of Perry Walter Adams and Linda Gail Austin:
Darren Dean Adams
B: 26 Nov 1965, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
Dena Diane Adams
B: 17 Nov 1967, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
M: 23 Jul 1988, James Sanderson, at Burnside, Manitoba, Canada
Danelle Dione Adams
B: 26 Dec 1973, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
The Perry Adams Family
On June 26th, 1965, Perry Walter Adams and Linda G. Austin were married, at the McKenzie United Church, in Portage La Prairie. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary on June 26th, 1990.
We have three children. Darren is our oldest and only son. He has been living and working in Yellowknife N.W.T. since April, 1989. Dena is our older daughter and is married to Jim Sanderson. They live in Portage. The younger is our daughter, Danelle, who lives at home.
Prior to our marriage, Perry owned a piece of land S.W. 20-11-8. In January, 1974, he bought our farm, N.W. 28-11-8, from his Dad, Walter Adams. In March, 1982, we bought another piece of land south of our farm, the N. 1/2 of N.E. 1/4 21-11-8.
On August 5th, 1974, we moved from Portage out to the farm. That same day, Dad and Anne moved into Portage to their present address, 117-3rd St. N.W. One load of our furniture was moved out to the farm, and one load of Dad's furniture, etc. was taken back into Portage. Family and friends helped us move using half ton trucks. This was a very busy and exhausting day!
Danelle was seven months old with we moved out to the farm and is the only true farm kid in our family. The two oldest stated school in Portage. We lived eight years in Portage before moving out here. At the time of writing, Perry, Danelle and I are still living on the farm.
The old house was not worth remodeling, as there was no proper cement basement, very little insulation and the wiring was all outdated. In May, 1975, we decided to burn down the old house. This was the quickest way of demolishing it in order to get an early start on building a new house. Some of the light fixtures, windows, etc. were salvaged to be used at a later time. From May to September, 1975, we lived in our machine shed, while our house was built in the same location as the old place.
Rat Creek runs through our farm and by our yard. On April 20th, 1979 at 9:30 p.m. the creek flooded. The water came up over the bank and over the bridge on the road to our place. The melting snow draining into the creek caused the flooding. Darren was 13 years old at the time. Interesting to note, is that on April 20th, 1923 when Rat Creek overflowed the bridge, Darren's grandfather, Walter, was also 13 years old. The day was the same, only 56 years earlier.
From May 5th to May 9th, 1986, Rat Creek flooded again. The bridge had been taken out in the fall of 1985 and replaced with culverts. This time, the constant heavy rain caused the flooding and washed out a large strip through the middle of the road, over the culverts.
The crops grown on the farm over the years were mainly wheat, flax and hay. The hay was sold, as we did not have cattle. Later, some land was rented out for sunflowers and potatoes.
In the 15 years we have been on the farm, there have been some changes. The farmland was ditched to prevent flooding; the whole farm has had tree rows planted on it to keep the sandy soil from blowing away and to enhance the appearance of the property. Tree conservation is extremely important, to prevent this area from becoming a desert; the old barn and granaries were torn down.
Perry farmed the land until eight years ago and worked full time at the Manitoba Development Centre. In 1982, he rented the land to Marshall and Greg McLeod for the next five years. In 1987, the land was rented out to Peter Wiebe (Bagot). The farm is presently being rented to Mr. Wiebe for another three years.
On April 26th, 1989, we had an Auction Sale of all farm machinery and miscellaneous items. Thornton Auction was in charge. The sale was very successful.
Our oldest daughter, Dena, was married here at the farm, on July 3rd, 1988. The whole wedding ceremony, reception, etc. was held on our front lawn. This was the third wedding to be held on this farm. Perry's two oldest sisters, Jean and Betty, were also married here.
Sources and/or Contributors:
Excerpts from a book about the Burnside Area, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, pps. 84-88, submitted by Shirley Adams Taylor via Russell Hart.
Russel M. Hart, 17 Sep 2002 (Formation@earthlink.net)