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Maude Fanning – Newdale, Manitoba, Canada – 52 Ancestors

January 17, 2014

Save0178This 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.

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2 Comments
  1. Such a poignant story. I’m glad she won and enjoyed herself in her shot life. How lucky to have a photograph of her.

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