Angeline Gooselaw

by

Denise Gooselaw

 

In our present day life people all over the world are tryingdifferent ways to get attention. There are the hippies and the yippies,the criminals, the politicians and many other people with other ideas. In 1932, Mrs. Angeline Gooselaw, who was a typical housewife in this area,took an airplane ride. She attained some publicity for taking this ridebecause of her age. She was over one hundred years old.

On October 3, 1825, Angeline Zast was born to Mr. and Mrs.Kozak Zast. She was born in St. Boniface, a suburb of Winnipeg, Manitoba,when the site was marked only by a Catholic mission and a Cree lodge. Theonly settlements in that vicinity when she was born were Hudson's Bay postsand homes of some of the Selkirk colonists. Fort Garry had not been builtyet.

Kozak Zast, father of Mrs. Gooselaw, was a slim-waistedFrench-Canadian voyageur. Her mother was also part French. She also waspart Cree mixed blood besides. Angeline Gooselaw lived the life of an Indianwhen she was a girl. The Cree, or otherwise known as mighty hunters, wereaccompanied by the Zasts when they searched for buffalo and other wild game. Her family lived in teepees. She did the work of an Indian woman. Theydidn't have schools in that part of the country at that time so she stayedhome and helped her mother.

In the year 1841, Angeline Zast married August Gooselaw. He was a young, handsome voyageur. Like Angeline Gooselaw's father, hewas also a French-Canadian. They were married at Pembina, North Dakotain a small mission church. At the time of their marriage much of the landin this area was claimed by the Hudson's Bay company as Prince Rupert's. Two years after their marriage they settled a short distance from whatis now Noyes. They started farming a small piece of land. Like most pioneers,their life was hard and they had to work hard to survive.

Besides starting a farm they also started a family. Therewere twelve in all, three daughters and nine sons. The oldest, Harry, diedat the age of eighty-six at St. Vincent. The rest of their sons in theorder of their age are as follows: Zeb, William, Alex, Frank, Jerome, Roger,and August Junior. Their daughters were a big help around the house, eventhough there were only three. They are in order of their age: Mrs. AngelicaAtchinson of the St. Vincent community, Mrs. Mary Rose Miller of Deerwood,and Mrs. Emma Goden of Emerson, Manitoba. Alex who was the third oldestlived in Greenbush. The rest of them lived in the St. Vincent community. None of them are living up to this date.

Mrs. Angeline Gooselaw was a pioneer of the Red River Valleyarea. She worked hard like all of the other pioneers to survive. Afterher husband died in l894, she had to work even harder. Until two yearsbefore her death, Mrs. Gooselaw could sew without her glasses and performher household duties. She was one hundred and seven at that time. Thenin the fall of 1934, just before her one hundred and tenth birthday, Mrs.Angeline Gooselaw died. Perhaps the memories of her life are cherishedonly by the immediate family, but she as a pioneer was one who shared theload of this area.


ared theload of this area.