Hart, Barbara Catherine
B: 09 Dec 1894, McArthur, North Dakota
D: 07 Jul 1996, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
M: 1918, Harold Bray, at Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada b. 1891 d. 1/29/55

FN: Charles Hart
MN: Julia Ann Bernath

Children of Harold Bray and Barbara Catherine Hart:

Everett Bray
B: 1919
D: 1919

John Edward Bray
B: 24 Mar 1921, Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
M: 29 Nov 1947, Rose Erlandson,
at Yukon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Luella Mae Bray
B: 09 Oct 1922, Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
D: 11 Sep 1995, Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
M: Gisli Bildfell, at Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

Charles Franklin Bray
B: 20 Mar 1924, Santa Ana, California
D: 29 May 1977, Macomb, Michigan
M: Dorine F. Philips, at East Detroit, Michigan
(b. 01/29/21 d. 01/03/98)

Margaret Irene Bray Parker
B: 25 Dec 1927, Santa Ana, California

Mabel Anne Bray
B: 20 Nov 1933, Merced, California
D: 07 Dec 1988, Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
M: Never married, no children


Mable Bray

Mabel Bray, 55, died Wednesday, six days after stepping into the path of a truck outside her home in the 1200 block of Avenue North.

Bray had climbed out of a car and started across the street to her home when the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. on Dec 1 - - the first day of Safe Driving Week - - Insp. Lorne Grant of city police said Thursday.

She was treated first at City Hospital, then transferred to University Hospital in critical condition.

Although the accident remains under investigation, police say it appears the truck driver had no chance to stop on the dark, dry street.

Bray worked for and lived with her sister and brother-in-law and Gisli Bildfeld.


Barbara Bray

The passing of Barbara Catherine Bray (nee Hart) of Saskatoon, previously of Foam Lake, Sask. occurred at her place of residence, Oliver Lodge on Sunday, July 7, 1966 at age 101.

Barbara was born on December 9th, 1984 in St. Vincent, Minnesota. In 1906 her family moved to Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. She met and married Harold Bray who lived on a neighboring farm. During their 37 years of marriage she gave birth to six children, three in Foam Lake and three in California. Prior to moving to California, Mrs. Bray was active in the Briar Mound Homemakers Club. The family returned to Foam Lake in 1937 where she lived until the death of her husband in 1955. Mrs. Bray came to live with her daughter and son-in-law Luella and Gisli Bildfell in Saskatoon where she was able to continue to bring love and a smile into the lives of her family and friends.

She is survived by her children: John (Rose) Bray of Prince Albert, Sask., and Margaret Parker of San Francisco, California.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Bray, son Charles, daughters Mable and Louella. The first child, a son, Everett died the same month of his birth. Two brothers, Lloyd and Arthur Hart also predeceased Mrs. Bray.

Mrs. Bray will always be remembered for her warm heart and angelic smile. She dedicated her life to her family and friends. She will be lovingly remembered as a pioneer in every sense of the word.

The funeral service officiated by Dale Schulz and Mildred Ausenhus was held Thursday, July 11, 1996 at 10:00 a.m. from Park Funeral Chapel, 311 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon. Interment was in Foam Lake Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. the same day.

Arrangements were in care of Park Funeral Chapel, Saskatoon.


Recollections of Barbara Catherine Hart Bray
1894 - 1996

Handwritten notes made by Mildred Hart during a conversation
with Barbara Hart Bray during the winter of 1983
in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Barb Hart was born at the George Bernath, Sr. farm, the original Bernath Homestead on the Joe River in Kittson County, Minnesota, on December 9, 1894.

Parents:
Charles Henry - -born June 11, 1870; died Dec. 7, 1912
Julia Ann - - - - - born Jan. 4, 1874; died Mar. 29, 1948

The Charles Hart family first lived along the Red River at the Hart Farm until the 1897 flood when they had to boat and swim the livestock to high ground. Then they moved to McArthur and operated the Post Office, General Store, and Grain Elevator. Barb's brothers, Arthur and Lloyd, were born at McArthur.

Barbara's mother, Julia, would visit her sister Margaret at Fort Pembina, and there she met her future husband, Charles, a soldier stationed there.

The Harts moved to Foam Lake, Saskatchewan in May 1906 when Barbara was 12 years old. She was in grade 8 at school but had to go back to grade 3 because she didn't know anything about Canadian history - - such as the Kings and Queens. But she caught up with the rest in short time.

The Hart family loaded up their possessions in railway cars at McArthur for the trip to Foam Lake. Mother Julia and children came by passenger train and Charles accompanied the freight train. The end of the track was at Sheho, Bask. We had to unload and drive to Foam Lake. Charles hired a carpenter to build a shelter (a granary) to temporarily shelter the family. The carpenter was Jack Boyle who was from South Dakota and we knew each other from South Dakota. (He is the fat man on the cultivator in Mary Bernath Hart's photo album).

They purchased a half section (320 acres) of land from Ab Simpson for $16.00 per acre and homesteaded another quarter-section (160 acres) which was some distance away. Later it was traded for adjacent land.

The Brays (like the Thomas Hart family) were also from Castlewood, South Dakota and Charles probably went to school there with Granddad Bray (Frank). All these people had gone from Tillsonburg, Ontario to South Dakota, thence in various stages to Foam Lake. Ben Taylor (Maxine's father) had been a barber in Pembina and Ab Simpson had run the livery barn in Pembina.

After the railroad reached Foam Lake, a grain elevator was built and Charles became manager and had a hired man to work the farm. Charles often walked to work at the elevator and Barb, Art, and Lloyd would walk the distance of three miles with him.

Charles was active in community affairs. He had one of the first telephones and ran the line on a barbed wire fence. The neighbors soon followed suit.

When Barb was seventeen, her father passed away on December 7, 1912. The cause of his death was attributed to the excessive cranking of a broken single cylinder engine that powered the elevator's grain leg. Because the engine wasn't operable he was hand cranking to elevate the grain. Mrs. Charles Hart remained on the farm until Art and Lloyd were old enough to take over.

At age 18, Barbara started Nurses training at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon. After nurses training, she returned home to help her mother on the farm. At age 24 - in 1928, Barbara married Harold Bray at her home in Foam Lake. The children from this marriage were: Everett Charles, John Edwin, Louella Mae, Charles Franklin, Margaret Irene, and Mable Gladys.

The Bray family moved to Mercedes, California when Louella was three, because of her health. They had planned to stay there only a short time but lived there for fifteen years. In California, the Harold Bray Family ran a dairy and raised alfalfa hay with irrigation. The weather was very dry in the summer. They didn't particularly like California weather and were asked by Harold's father to return to Foam Lake to assist with the work.


Harold Bray
1891 - 1955

The funeral of Harold Bray, who died on January 29th, one of Foam Lake's early settlers, was held in Foam Lake United Church on February 2nd with Rev. H. E. Fennell conducting the service. Mrs. E. O. Johnson was pianist and the choir attended.

A number of beautiful floral tributes rested on the casket which was carried from the church by pallbearers: H. Wunder, H. J. Helgason, T. Campbell, John Bidell, F. Steele, and A. Sigurdson.

Burial was made in Foam Lake Cemetery.

Many donations were made to the Cancer Society as tributes to Mr. Bray.

Mr. Bray was born in Yorkton in 1891 where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bray spent about eighteen months while moving from the United States to found a home in Western Canada. The family then moved to land in the Foam Lake area. In 1903, the family moved to Sheho where they spent several years.

In 1924, Mr. Bray went to California spending thirteen years there before returning to Foam Lake to resume farming operations on the farm just southeast of town. For the past twelve years, he has suffered with a heart condition which curtailed his activities but he was always interested in outdoor life and was a member of the Foam Lake Gun Club.

Surviving are his widow, two sons, John of Prince Albert; Charlie of California, USA; also three daughters, Luella (Mrs. Gisli Bildfell), of Foam Lake; Margaret (Mrs. F. Parker) of San Francisco, and Mable, at home. Ten grandchildren survive, also one brother, Leonard, of Foam Lake.

- - Foam Lake, Saskatchewan newspaper


Sources and/or Contributors:

Russell M. Hart, <Formation1@earthlink.net>
(Has many pictures of the families)