Recently I found this note in a Scottish newspaper.
“A farmer at Newdale, Manitoba, possesses a magnificent herd of cattle. Their owner, after having received unsatisfactory results from the erection of expensive barns for stabling his stock, had tried the experiment of feeding in a coulee, and leaving the cattle out all through the winter, with wonderful results. The stock were more healthy and put on flesh more quickly when the new grass appeared than those that had been stabled.”
I wondered if the farmer mentioned had been my grandmother’s brother, Charles Irwin, but I’m looking for confirmation. If anyone knows about this, please let me know.
The Evening Telegraph and Post, Dundee, Scotland, Thursday, 2 September 1909, from a section on ‘Notes, Mainly Personal’, page 4. Almost the same note appeared the same day in The Aberdeen Journal on page 7.
From the Minnedosa Tribune, 13 January 1888, page 2.
(Correspondence of the Tribune.)
There is a new grain buyer at Newdale and the farmers are jubilant, knowing full well that opposition is the life of trade.
Mr. George Ray has returned from a three weeks visit to Ontario, and is more in love with his adopted country than ever. He says that if a person is discontented with Manitoba the best cure he can recommend is a trip to Ontario.
Despite cold weather business is booming, 25 loads of grain were marketed here Monday…..
Myrta Ray Stewart’s birth in Newdale was registered as on 14 October 1896 in the Rural Municipality of Harrison in Manitoba. Her mother was Rose Ray, born in Ontario, Canada, and her father, Doctor John Smith Stewart, born in Scotland. She had a brother, Raymond, and a sister Rhoda (married name, Siebert). They lived in Newdale, and then in Vancouver, BC, and Oak River in Manitoba, and after Dr. Stewart’s retirement, he and Rose Stewart lived in Newdale again, while Myrta, Raymond and Rhoda lived in Winnipeg.
I have a copy of a newspaper article about her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary party in Winnipeg in 1945 which was spent at the home of their daughter Rhoda. (Winnipeg Evening Tribune, December 28, 1945, page 6).
I know very little about Myrta Stewart and would like to know more. She apparently worked as a bank clerk much of her life, and died in Victoria, British Columbia in 1988 at the age of 91.
Note: Dr. Stewart’s obituary was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, November 1952, Volume 67 and Rose Stewart’s in the Winnipeg Free Press, Monday, February 16, 1953, page 23.
I believe this photograph was taken when these three men, James Walter Scott (known as Walter), William Robert Lavery and Jack Kaskey, went into a business together.
This photograph was identified by my grandmother as showing Walter Scott on your right (my grandpa), W. R. Lavery in the centre and Jack Kaskey on the left, and seems to corroborate my mother’s information – that her father, Walter Scott, was also in business with at least one other person. I would like to learn more about Mr. Kaskey.
There is another photograph that must have been taken on the same day. I’ve posted that on my CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt website.
A cute Newdale wedding story from the Manitoba Daily Free Press in 1888.
A wedding took place a few days ago at Newdale. A young lady from Wingham, Ontario, arrived here on the evening train, was met at the station by her future husband and married in 20 minutes after leaving the cars. Manitoba is not so slow after all; except in completing the Red River Valley Railroad.
Newdale column, Manitoba Daily Free Press, Friday, 27 January, 1888, page 4.
This must have been the wedding of Sarah Dunbar and Robert Dalgarno, 16 January 1888. [The Manitoba Vital Statistics index shows Daljarno.]
Robert Dalgarno is included in the Manitoba Historical Society’s Memorable Manitobans and his and Sarah’s family is included in the Newdale history book.
This photograph was identified as Maude Fanning by my grandmother, Amy (Irwin) Scott. I believe this is Maude, the daughter of Albert Robert Fanning and Mary Jamison. (Albert Robert Fanning also had a sister named Maude.) Photographer, W. B. St. John, Minnedosa and Neepawa.
I found a newspaper mention of Maude Fanning’s winning a prize with Maude Walkey at Newdale’s 1897 fancy dress skating carnival. This was particularly poignant as Maude Fanning died the next year at the age of 13. Here I’ve typed the names of all the entries listed in the article.
Newdale’s fancy dress skating carnival which was billed for January 21st, and which had to be postponed on account of stormy weather, came off on Tuesday evenng, January 26th. Although the weather was not at its best, still quite a crowd came out, participants and spectators, and none were disappointed. The dresses were good, and other attractions as well. Below is a list of the skators:
Misses May Currie, roses in bloom.
Bessie McCallum, June.
Lillie Robinson, summer.
Maggie Robinson, harvest.
Maggie McGregor, old woman.
Maud Alexander, flower girl.
Pearl Alexander, hospital girl.
Saby Alexander, red, white and blue.
Maud Walkey and Maud Fanning, sister fairies.
Annie McGregor, Canada.
Belle Waddell, queen of night.
Lydia McGregor, Red Ridinghood.
Mrs. Robt. McLean, red, white and blue.
Messrs. Arthur Walkey, old man.
Wm. Walkey, jr., military officer.
John Walkey, tramp.
John May, negro dude.
Bert Walkey, Uncle Sam.
David Davis, tramp.
Angus McCallum, tramp.
Neil Humes, old woman.
W. Lavery, Scotchman.
Wm. Waddell, Indian.
Ed. Waddell, clown.
George St. John, clown.
Dougald Elding, negro dude.
Thos. Waddell, clown.
John McTavish, clown.
Wm. Boddington, jockey.
R. J. Hopper custom house official
H. McMahon, clown.
And. Waddell, jockey.
David Adamson, convict.
Chas. Adamson, Indian chief.
R. McLean, highlander.
R. Waddell, lacrosse.
The races and costume prizes we secured as follows:
Two mile race, 1st prize, John May.
One mile novice, 1st. W. McTavish.
Best lady’s costume, 1st Miss Belle Waddell.
Best gentleman’s costume, 1st, Mr. John May.
Couple in costume, 1st. Miss Belle Waddell and Mr. C. M. Adamson.
Couple under 14 years, 1st, Maggie McGregor and Arthur Walkey.
Couple under 12 years, 1st, Maude Walkey and Maud Fanning.
Minnedosa Tribune, Manitoba, Canada, 4 February, 1897, page 2.
A reference to Newdale was found in the Long-Lost column of an 1890 issue of Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper. What’s seems really interesting to me about this column is that answers to previous queries are also given. And this particular query was sent to the paper from Nova Scotia, Canada.
From Springhill, N.S. – F. F. BURKE was last heard of from Newdale, Manitoba, N.W.T. Brother James inquires.
There are other queries in the same column for those believed to be in various places in Canada, but there are also these which only say ‘Canada’.
ELLEN PATTERSON went to Canada in 1870 from a school in Surrey. Her brother (William Henry) seeks her.
JAMES AND DAVID SMY, formerly of North Hyde, sailed from Liverpool in Oct., 1880, with other boys in the Circassian for Canada. Their relatives ask news.
I wonder if Ellen, James and David were among the British Home Children sent to Canada?
Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, London, England, 30 November, 1890, page 12.
I’m always watching for references to Newdale, Manitoba, and love newspapers, so I have found many while trolling old papers. Here is one from a British Columbia, Canada newspaper, typed out as it was printed.
Mrs. John Cameran received the sad intellegence on Wednesday evening of the death by accident of her brother, Hugh McMahon, which occurred that morning at Newdale, Manitoba.
The Creston Review, Creston, BC, Canada, Friday, 24 September, 1915, page 8.
Hugh McMahon was killed when his car was hit by a Grand Trunk Pacific passenger train. A long freight train standing by had obscured his view. See The Brandon Daily Sun article about his death, 23 September, 1915, page 2, Manitoba, Canada. Other family members mentioned were a wife (no name), son John and daughter Mrs. Herb Thomson. The article also mentions that his first wife had died in a train wreck.
Amy Johnson Crow challenged herself to blog 52 Ancestors at her own website, No Story Too Small, this year, and found that many wanted to follow her lead. I’ll be blogging at my own CanadaGenealogy, or Jane’s Your Aunt site, but I’ve many articles and photos relating to Newdale, Manitoba that I want to share too.
So I’m taking up Amy’s challenge here for Newdale, beginning this week.
Manitobia.ca is one of my favourite Manitoba historical research websites – and it’s all free. It’s been around for quite a while and undergone a few changes.
The very best section to my mind is for Newspapers, but check out the maps and photographs too, and now today, a good number of Manitoba local history books have been added, not including a Newdale one, although many are from the surrounding area.
These seem to be all very large .pdf files, so they will take a while to download to your browser or to save to your computer. There doesn’t appear to be any on-line search facility for them, but once the file has been opened, you can use Edit/Find to locate key words.
The Manitoba Legislative Library has a slideshow of Manitoba local history books on-line. Manitoba Legislative Library Spotlight.