Bernath, Albertina
B. 12 Apr 1876, Brussels, Ontario, Canada
D. 08 Apr1940, McArthur, ND. Buried: St. Vincent, MN
M. 04 Apr 1900, Charles Oakes, at Pembina, ND (ended in divorce d. 5/23/62, Red Deer, AB)

FN: George Bernath, Sr.
MN: Catherine Donneral

Children of Charles Oakes and Albertina Bernath:

Edith Irene Oakes
B: 15 Jun 1903, Joliette, North Dakota
D: 17 Sep 1983, Hallock, Minnesota. Buried: Hamilton, North Dakota
M: 31 Dec 1953, James Middleton, at Joliette, North Dakota

Myrtle Winnifred Oakes
B: 20 Mar 1905
D: 11 Feb 1965, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Buried: Twassassen, British Columbia
M: 17 Oct 1927, George Lyall Green, at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada d. 2/17/70p at Point Roberts, WA. Buried: Twassassen, British Columbia

Harvey Lawrence Oakes
B: 01 Nov 1907, Joliette, North Dakota
D: 31 Aug 1972, St. Vincent, Minnesota
M: 25 Jun 1935, Marjorie DeFrance, at Humboldt, Minnesota

Walter Charles Oakes
B: 10 Jul 1909, Joliette, North Dakota
D: 08 Apr 1945. Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Pasadena, California
M: 14 Aug 1933, Audria Pearl Juhl, at McArthur, North Dakota (divorced, 1942 b. 1913)

Percy Clifford Oakes
B: 11 Jan 1911, Joliette, North Dakota
D: 15 Sep 1989, St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN. Buried: Hamilton, ND
M: 15 Jun 1941, Amy Joyce Fleckten, at Niobe, North Dakota b. 11/20/18


Albertina Oakes
1876 - 1940

Mrs. Albertina Oakes passed away at her farm a short distance south of Pembina at noon Monday, April 8. She had been in poor health the past year.

Deceased was born at Brussels, Ontario, on April 12, 1876, to George and Catherine Bernath, and at the age of three years, came with her parents to St. Vincent, Minnesota in 1879. She lived in the St. Vincent vicinity until she was married in 1900, and has resided in the McArthur district, south of Pembina, since that time.

She leaves to mourn her loss, five children, Edith and Percy, at home, Mrs. George Green (Myrtle) of Winnipeg, Harvey of Pembina, and Walter of East Grand Forks. She is also survived by three brothers, George, Daniel and Jacob J. Bernath, and by five sisters, Mrs. John Adams of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Mrs. Margaret Thompson of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Julia Hart of Foam Lake, Sask., Mrs. Barbara Brown of Hermosa, Calif., and Mrs. Arthur Hart of Pembina. One brother, John Bernath, died several years also. Five grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist Church in St. Viincent, at two o'clock in the afternoon, Wednesday. Rev. Howe, of the Pembina Methodist Church, conducted the services. Internment was made in the St. Vincent cemetery.

- - The Pembina New Era


Harvey Lawrence Oakes
1907 - 1972

Harvey Lawrence Oakes was born on the family farm home located in Joliette Township - - 7 miles south and 1 mile east of Pembina. His mother, Mrs. Charles Oakes (former Albertina Bernath) with the help of a midwife gave birth to Harvey on November 1, 1907. Older sisters Edith and Myrtle were already born and awaiting the arrival of the first boy.

Harvey grew to manhood on the farm, attending McArthur rural school and Pembina High School. Life was difficult in those days and Harvey worked hard on the farm from the time he was six years old. He grew up in the "horse power" days and all farm operations were performed with horses. Harvey tells about driving four horses on a plow when he was eight years old.

Always there were cattle to herd. When pastures got short or rain was scarce somebody had to take the dog and the cattle out to graze along the ditch or railroad right of way. This was Harvey's job until the two younger brothers, Walter and Percy got old enough.

Having cattle meant having to put up hay in huge stacks by the sweat of the brow on probably the hottest days of the summer. Then it had to be hauled into the barnyard or hayloft on a hayrack pulled by horses. If it wasn't all in by winter, then be it 48' below or high blizzard, Harvey would have to go out and get a load of hay, this time with snow runners on the rack. Sometimes the stack would be iced in or covered with snow, and of course, that made the job really difficult.

When he was a boy at home, harvesting in the fall was done with the old steam-driven threshing machine. Harvey often spoke of his fascination for the steam whistle and how he sneaked out one morning and blew it, just to see how it worked.

In the fall, all the farmers stocked up on groceries for the long winter when it might be weeks between trips to town. Harvey told about his father buying sugar in hundred pound sacks and many hundred pound sacks of flour. But what he liked best was the canned pineapple and mixed fruit that was brought home by the carton. many times, he and his little brothers would sneak a can of this delicacy, open it with a jackknife and clean up the contents with no trouble and no one the wiser.

Havey grew to be a strong young fellow and when about eighteen years old, he and his brother Walter bought a sheep-shearing outfit and started up in business. They became very proficient and sheared sheep for farmers in Humboldt, St. Vincent, Orleans and Joliette areas. On a good day, they would easily shear 100 sheep.

In 1929, Marjorie De France was hired as teacher in the McArthur School. Harvey met her at a Joliette church supper and they started "going steady" - - and I do mean steady because Marjorie continued teaching several years and then in 1935 on June 25, they married. Rev. Clara Wagner performed the ceremony in the Humboldt parsonage and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Larson, Marjorie's sister and brother-in-law, were the attendants.

After their marriage, they rented a farm, called the "Prittie" farm about five miles south of Pembina on the Red River.

This land had been used as the Pembina Golf Course but when Mr. Judson LaMoure donated land in Pembina for a golf course, it was moved. There was an old hewn log house on the farm and it had been redecorated and a kitchen added. Mrs. Willescroft, who owned the land, and her brother, Adam, were living there at that time. When Harvey rented the land, Mrs. Willescroft and Adam moved back to Kalispel, Montana.

Harvey and Marjorie lived on this farm until 1943 when they moved to Pembina.

In 1937, on a hot July 29, a boy was born to the Oakes couple. He was named Lawrence John, born in the Hallock Hospital. He was better known as Larry and is now Dr. L. J. Oakes, a practicing dentist in California. He is the father of three boys, Jon, Brad, and Lance, so Harvey had three gransons of whom he was justly proud.

On June 14, 1944, a daughter, Linda Joy, was born to the Harvey Oakes. She is now Mrs. James Tri of Hallock, and a receptionist in Dr. Bouvette's dental practice. She made her parents and husband very happy in presenting them with a baby girl on her 21st birthday. She was named Patricia Joy.

In 1963, Harvey underwent hip surgery at Rochester, Minnesota. The operation was successful but shortly thereafter, he became a victim of Parkinson's Disease and after years of sickness and disability, passed away on August 31, 1972.

- - Marjorie Oakes Baker, 1976

Quoted from Pembina Settlement Heritage, 1976
Pembina Settlement Heritage Book Committee
The Red River Valley Historical Society


Sources and/or Contributors:

Russel M. Hart, 17 Sep 2002 (Formation@earthlink.net)