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Adams, Sandra Beryl
B: 16 Jul 1943, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
M: 21 Jul 1962, John Fred Wood, at Burnside U.C.C., Burnside, MB, Canada (divorced)

FN: Walter Adams
MN: Beryl Scharff

Children of John Fred Wood and Sandra Beryl Adams:

Brenda Irene Wood
B: 24 Feb 1963, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
M: 25 Jun 1982, James "Jim" Rogers Peralty

Children of James "Jim" Rogers Peralty and Brenda Irene Wood:

David James Peralty
B: 14 Nov 1982, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Daniel John Peralty
B: 04 Jun 1987, Leitrim, Ontario, Canada


David Peralty says: My Parents (Brenda and James Peralty) live 50 Minutes outside Ottawa, near Winchester, Ont. as of 2002.

My Father is still in the Military.
My Mother works for MD Management, a Canadian Medical Association Subsidiary in Ottawa,

David Peralty, will be graduating from Computer Networking and Technical Support at St. Lawrence College Kingston Campus in the spring of 2003.

My Brother, Daniel, is Currently at North Dundas District High School, Grade 9.

My Aunt Nancy now has three children.
My Uncle Walter has two children.

Walter "Wally" Alfred Wood
B: 18 Jul 1965, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
M: 15 Jun 1996, Cathie Kent, St. Catherines, Ontario

Children of Walter Wood and Cathie Kent:
Megan Elizabeth Wood, b. 14 Jan 1998, in Ottawa
Andrew "Drew" William Wood b. 09 May 2002, in Ottawa

Nancy Louise Wood
B: 14 Oct 1966, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Children of Nancy Wood and Spencer Sproule in Oromocto, NB:

Mark Peter Wood, b. abt 1985, Prince Rupert, B.C.
Kyle Michael Nobel Sproule b. 17 Oct 1995, in Kingston, Ontario

Children of Nancy Louise Wood:

Mark Peter Wood
B: 17 Oct 1985, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Sandra Beryl Adams
submitted by Sandra Wood

Sandra, the third daughter, fourth and last child of Beryl and Walter Adams, was born July 16, 1943, in the Portage Hospital. (Mom said that she conveniently waited until Dad finished milking the cows in the early evening). Alvin Troop made a lasting impression on Sandra's childhood, in 1947, when he wired the farmhouse and out buildings for hydro. He also brought a very pretty, young lady, Miss Genest, (Sandra called her Miss Jenny) the school teacher, to supper. In the winter, probably November, in the early evening a light switch was pushed and a brilliant light came on, out shining the soft glow of the coal oil lamp. The Adams children raced all over the house, turning on every ELECTRIC light, till the whole house was lit up like a magnificent Christmas tree.

Sandra recalls the marvelous teachers she had at Burnside School, Mrs. Honey, for Grades 1 and 2 ('49-'51), Mrs. Campbell for Grades 3 and 4 ('51-'53), and Miss Audrey Donald for Grade 5 ('53-'54). Miss Donald was a great teacher with an enthusiasm for everything, especially music. She played quite a few musical instruments, including the piano, and taught all the students how to dance, on snowy afternoons, for their gym classes. She even taught Sandra how to dance the Highland Fling for the annual Christmas Concert. It was usually held in Burnside United Church because it had a ready made stage and a vestibule to change in. It also had plenty of seating for the overflow crowd which would come to enjoy the carols, plays, drills, recitations and, of course, Santa Claus, with his sack of goodies.

Sandra also attended Edwin School and later graduated from Portage Collegiate. She married John Fred Wood, of Brantford, Ontario, on July 21, 1962. They were the last couple to be married in the Burnside United Church. At the time of the marriage, John was in the R.C.A.F. and was stationed in Winnipeg. Within a year, he was posted to R.C.A.F. Station Portage La Prairie. In 1966, John left the Canadian Armed Forces and joined the Federal Department of Transport (D.O.T.) and worked as an electronic technician at the Winnipeg International Airport.

The couple had three children, their eldest daughter, Brenda Irene, was born on February 24, 1963, in the Portage General Hospital. She spent her first month living with her parents and grandparents, Beryl and Walter Adams, on the family farm, 28-11-8. Brenda attended various schools and shortly after she graduated from Char-Lan High School she married James (Jim) Rogers Peralty on June 25, 1992. Jim is in the Canadian Armed Forces. Their first son, David James, was born November 14, 1982, in Kingston, Ontario and six months later they were transferred to C.F.B. Masset, B.C. After four years they were posted to C.F.B. Leitrim, Ontario, just outside Ottawa, where their second son, Daniel John, was born on June 4, 1987. They live on base at C.F.B. Uplands and Brenda works as a teller for the Toronto Dominion Bank in Nepean.

Their second child, Walter (Wally) Alfred, was born on July 18, 1965, in the Portage General Hospital. He graduated as an Ontario Scholar, with honours from Char-Lan High School and was the valedictorian. He joined the Canadaian Armed Forces and attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario for four years. Walter graduateed in May, 1988, with a Bachelor of Engineering, and also received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. He is now a Lieutenant posted at C.F.B. Petawawa, Ontario.

Nancy Louise, their youngest daughter, was born on October 14, 1966, in the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg. She also graduated from Char-Lan High School and presently attends St. Lawrence College where she is training to be a Registered Nurse (like her grandma, Beryl Adams). Nancy resides in Cornwall, Ontario, with her son, Mark Peter, born on October 27, 1985.

In 1978, John became an electronic instructor at the Transport Canada Training Institute in Cornwall, Ontario. Today, John works at T.C.T.I. as the manager of the Radar and Computer group. Sandra, in her early years of married life was a homemaker and then worked at a variety of jobs. She presently works for the Supply and Services Canada Print Shop in the T.C.T.I. building in Cornwall. As well, she is studying towards her degree in Horticulture with home studies from Guelph University. Sandra is also an active Master Gardener, associated with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and she answers questions about gardening and gives speeches on this topic.

John and Sandra, with the help of their family, are building an R-2000 home and are landscaping five of their eighty-five acres that they have turned into a tree farm of white pine and spruce. Their farm is located 15 miles outside Cornwall, near Martintown, Ontario.

Excerpts from a book about the Burnside Area, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, pps. 84-88, submitted by Shirley Adams Taylor via Russell Hart.

Sources and/or Contributors:

Russel M. Hart, 17 Sep 2002 (

David Peralty, 11 Dec 2002 "David Peralty" <>