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.
A photograph showing Mrs. and Mr. John Cassady (or Cassidy), as identified by my grandmother in the 1970s. The photographer was Park & Co. of Brantford, Ontario. Accoridng to my information, Mrs. Cassady was Jean Hamilton and the couple came from Paris, Ontario to Manitoba in the 1890s. After retiring from farming, they lived in Newdale. Both died in Manitoba, but were buried in Paris, Ontario, I believe. I’d welcome more information.
Newdale Auto Club, July 1911. “Seventeen automobiles were photographed here last Saturday. That does not total up our little bunch either”.
Minnedosa Tribune,6 July, 1911, page 1. Image from an unused postcard, Stedman Bros. Ltd., Brantford, Canada. Purchased; private collection. According to my Na, Amy Scott, great grandpa William Irwin is one of the club members in these photographs.
Newspaper photo of Newdale, Manitoba Automobile Club, Saturday 1 July, 1911. From the Free Press, Winnipeg, Automobile Section.
From the Minnedosa Tribune – 22 July 1909, page 5.
Newdale School Report
The following is the report of the senior room, Harrison school, Newdale, for the term ending June 30, 1909: -
The names are arranged in order of merit.
Grade VII, senior: Nellie Irwin, Clare Johnson, Lionel Dennison.
Grade VII, junior: Hoyle Dennison, Jack Harry, Willie Hetherington, Alberta Edwards.
Arithmetic: Clare Johnson, 95, Nellie Irwin, 90.
Geography: Clare Johnsons, 86; Holye Dennison, 70.
History: Clare Johnson 79, Nellie Irwin, 65.
Spelling: Nellie Irwin, 99; Hoyle Dennison, 98.
Literature and composition: Hoyle Dennison 73; Nellie Irwin, 70.
Reading: Nellie Irwin, 80; Lionel Dennison 75.
Grammar: Nellie Irwin, 60, Clare Johnson, 55.
Grade VI, senior: May Wilson, Janet Aitcheson, Ruth Walkey, Edna Andrew, Harold Martin.
Grade VI, junion: Jessie Young, Belle Lewis, Norma Johnson, Ellen Howard, Willie Stobart, Arnold Stobart.
Arithmetic: May Wilson, 85, Janet Aitcheson, 85.
Geography: Ruth Walkey, 93; Harold Martin, 80.
History: Belle Lewis, 80; May Wilson, 75.
Spelling: May Wilson, 97; Belle Lewis, 94; Ruth Walkey, 94; Jenet Aitcheson, 94.
Literature and composition: Ruth Walkey, 75; May Wilson, 70.
Reading: May Wilson, 80; Edna Andrew, 75.
Grades VI and and VII, drawing: Willie Stobart, 80; Clare Johnson, 75; Hoyle Dennison, 75; May Wilson, 75.
Six candidates from this school have just finished writing upon their examinations at Minnedosa.
Gavin F. Andrew, entrance.
Iva Johnson, Gertie Maybury, Mabel Trott, Deane Hopper1, part 1, third class.
Ella S. Jones, part II, third class.
The first prize in spelling for the entire school year was won by Gertie Maybury, the second by Nellie Irwin.
Helen Stacey, teacher.
1 I believe Deane Hopper would be (Maggie/Margaret) Dean Hopper.
Margaret (Maggie) Annie Alexina Irwin (born Newdale, Manitoba, 1881), my great aunt, my ‘Auntie Grandma’, with four of her children in 1919. She had married Alexander Steele Drummond in 1906 in Newdale, and moved to Balcarres, Saskatchewan where their children were born. She died in Victoria, British Columbia in 1966.
In the Douglas Point Presbyterian Church, Winnipeg, at two o’clock, on Tuesday June 27, a quiet wedding took place, the contracting parties being Miss Margaret May, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hannah, of Portage La Prairie, and Albert E., eldest son of Mr. And Mrs. George Martin of Newdale, Man. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. S. Muldrew, in the presence of the immediate relatives. The bride, who looked charming in a dress of white Irish embroidery and a large picture hat, was given away by her father, and was assisted by her sister, Miss Mary Hannah, wearing a dress of blue mull trimmed with lace and insertion.
The bride carried a bouquet of bridal roses and ferns, while the bridesmaid’s was of pink carnations. The best man was Dr. J. Roy Martin of Winnipeg, brother of the groom. After the ceremony, the wedding party repaired to the home of the bride’s sister, Mr. N. Shirray, where a dainty lunch was served. An interesting feature of the occasion was the fact that the wedding took place on the 35th anniversary of the marriage of the brides’s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Martin will spend a brief honeymoon at Detroit Lakes and upon returning will take up their residence in Newdale.
Portage La Prairie Weekly Review, 28 June, 1911, page 7.
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George W. MARTIN and Hannah M. WALKEY had six children according to Newdale: 1870-1970.
Son Albert (Bert) MARTIN and Margaret HANNAH had a store in Newdale, then in Neepawa, Manitoba.
I don’t remember either Mum or Na talking much about Newdale Christmases, although we had our own family ‘traditions’ – like never getting anything much ready till Christmas Eve. (Well, Mum must have done the shopping long before, but we children weren’t supposed to know that). I know there were church related activities in Newdale just before Christmas, and there are many ads in area newsapapers for gifts and special treats.
Santa often came to Newdale, as to Vancouver, but all was not the same. No convenient department store Santa mail boxes, for instance.
“A child near Minnedosa told a grown up that if you wanted Santa Claus to come to see you, just write your name on a piece of paper, take it to the door and throw it out when the wind was blowing, and Santa would get it.” From the Minnedosa Tribune, 20 December 1917, page 3.
Mum would have been three in 1917 when this tip was published. I wonder if she ever did that?
This photograph, from 1961, shows our family at our Yukon Street home in Vancouver, BC. Na didn’t live with us there but had her own apartment on Cambie Street, still within walking distance. She always baked a lot for holidays, as did my Mum. Here’s a little something I wrote about Christmas Eve at our house on my CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt blog in 2007.
From the Minnedosa Tribune, 16 December, 1909, page 5.
Hunters of Big Game
Hunters of big game are nearly all back from the woods, many of them having met with desired success. Among those who brought home animals were:
…Mrs. Geo. St. John, Dick Waddell, Andy Waddell, of Newdale…
And from the Newdale column:
Quite a number of the hunters have returned. The heavy snow storm handicapped their success. A few were successful.
[Note: many more hunters are mentioned, but no others were from Newdale.]