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Playing in the Snow – Newdale, Manitoba


The two people in this photo (which seems to have been ‘nibbled’ at some time) haven’t any written identification.

I have always thought that was my grandmother, Amy Irwin (married surname, Scott) on your right.  The quality of the images isn’t high, but I’ve added each face below in case someone recognizes one or both of them.

Unknown-In_the_Snow-Newdale AE_Irwin-In_the_Snow-Newdale

Christmas at Newdale, Manitoba – 1905


Presbyterians and Methodists Have Successful Entertainment.

Newdale, Man., Dec. 27. – A Christmas tree and entertainment was observed in the Presbyterian church on Friday evening, when the edifice was crowded to the door and a great many presents were presented.

On Saturday evening the Methodists entertained, when many amusing presents were given out.

Quite a number of our people will take a trip to the coast after, or during New Year’s week.

The weather has been very mild and pleasant for some time with just enough snow for sleighing.

Mr. J. E. Adams is home from Winnipeg for Christmas and New Year’s. Dr. And Mrs. Metcalfe, of Portage La Prairie, are visiting Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Metcalfe’s mother. Mr. Colin McNab, of Elgin is hew renewing acquaintances. Mr. Joseph Jewel, of Miami, is visiting here. Mr. Josiah Gamey and family have gone to British Columbia and intend visiting California before they return. Mrs. P. H. McTavish has gone to Medicine Hat to visit her parents. Mr. John McTavish has gone to Ontario.

Manitoba Morning Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Thursday, 28 December 1905, page 13.

Does anyone recognize that Joseph Jewel of Miami?

Newdale, Manitoba – now a One-Place Study

My Newdale research study is now registered with The Society of One-Name Studies. The worldwide Society formally organized in 2013 as a resource for any individuals or groups studying places in their social, economic and geographic context. Participants are collecting and researching information from historical documents, oral histories, published histories, even memorabilia.

Now there are place studies registered from Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and the United States of America. See all the registered One-Place Studies here.

For Canada, these place are registered

St. François Xavier, Manitoba – originally known as Grantown

Plate Cove East, Newfoundland

Columbus, Ontario – originally known as English Corners

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And now, Newdale Manitoba.

Manitobah Settler’s House and Red River Cart, circa 1862 by artist William Hind

Those whose families have long, long roots in Manitoba and Canada’s west will be interested to see the 1860s illustrations by artist William Hind now posted on Flickr by Library and Archives Canada. During his 1862 trip across western Canada heading for British Columbia’s Cariboo with the ‘Overlanders’, Hind painted and sketched the people and lands he saw.

William Hind - 1862 - Manitoba farm with Red River cart. Library and Archives Canada collections.

Manitobah Settler’s House and Red River Cart / Habitations de colons et charrette de la rivière Rouge au Manitobah. Circa / vers 1862; artist, William George Richardson Hind. Library and Archives Canada collection: R13878-0-X-E, painting C-013965. William HInd Album, Library and Archives Canada, Flickr.

See also Library and Archives Canada’s archived exhibit, “William HInd’s Overlanders of ’62 Sketchbook”.

The Archives of British Columbia has a brief biography of William Hind on-line with more of his illustrations.

And “William Hind: Illustrating Canada from Sea to Sea” is the topic of Library and Archives Canada’s newest podcast.   (35:45 minutes long; released today 20 November 2014. Transcript on-line.)

Movember – William Irwin – Newdale, Manitoba -52 Ancestors

William Irwin of Newdale, Manitoba.

One of my many moustachioed ancestors – William Irwin, born 1850 in Darlington, Ontario to James Irwin and Mary Jane Moffat.

William, with his wife Janet Carmichael and their daughter Minne, migrated to Newdale, Manitoba in the 1880s.

William died accidentally in 1918.

Sudden Death of Wm. Irwin, Newdale

Newdale, Man., Jan. 31–William Irwin, one of Newdale’s oldest settlers, met an untimely end here this afternoon. He was working on a ladder fixing some electric wiring when for some unknown reason he fell. No one saw him fall, and when found he was unconscious and badly chilled. He lived for three hours after being found, but did not regain consciousness. Mr. Irwin was a retired farmer and of late years had been buying and selling grain. Besides his widow, he leaves one son, Charles, of Newdale, and two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Scott, of Newdale, and Mrs. Alex. Drummond of Balcarres, Sask. This is the fourth accidental death here in two months.

Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Friday, 1 February, 1918, page 4,

Mrs. James Walter Scott – Amy Estella Irwin – was my grandmother.

Irwin, Gamey, 1918 – Newdale, Manitoba – 52 Ancestors

Miss Nellie Irwin, of Sardis [British Columbia, Canada] spent some days with friends in Vancouver last week. She was accompanied home by Mrs. Gamey, of Newdale, Man., who is spending a short while at the  home of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Jas. [sic] Irwin.

Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, 28 February, 1918, page 4.

James Irwin, my great uncle, and his wife, Annie Porteous Moffat, had lived at Newdale for a time. Previously they were in Victoria County, Ontario. Nellie was their daughter.

Mrs. J. Hunter – died at Newdale, 1912 – 52 Ancestors

Born in 1819

Mrs. J. Hunter of Newdale, Man., Lived in Reign of Six Monarchs

   There died at Newdale yesterday, Mrs. J. Hunter who was born May 26, 1819, and consequently she lived during the reings [sic] of George III, George IV, William IV, Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V.

   She was born in Ireland and came to Ontario in 1837 and to Manitoba in 1887. She is survived by five daughters, two sons, thirty-four grandchildren, and four great – great grandchildren. The funeral took place at Newdale yesterday.

The Winnipeg Tribune, Manitoba, Canada, Friday, 5 July 1912, page 8.


The Minnedosa Tribune, 4 July 1912, page 3 reported the death thus: Mrs. Hunter died at Newdale yesterday, at the advanced age of 93 years. She leaves a host of relatives in this vicinity.

The obituary printed in the Minnedosa Tribune, 11 July 1912, page 3 and dated Newdale, Man., July 4, had a few additional details. She died on Wednesday morning, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. W. Robertson. And she had 41 great grandchildren. And “the funeral took place to the old Newdale cemetery today.”

BARCLAY – CONGDON – SAUNDERSON – Newdale & Souris, Manitoba, Canada, 1910 – 52 Ancestors

Mr. J. W. Barclay, editor and proprietor of the Souris Plandealer, was in town yesterday. He was with his son on his way home from Vancouver, B. C. where he had spent a couple of weeks, and had called at Newdale to meet his wife, who was visiting her sister there, Mrs. Congdon. All left on the afternoon train for Souris.

Minnedosa Tribune, 11 August, 1910, page 7.

Mrs. Barclay (Esther Isabella) and Mrs. Congdon (Sadie) were the daughters of William C. Saunderson and Margaret Ann Irwin.

Apparently Mr. Barclay had bought a house in North Vancouver, B. C. just after this trip to the Coast. Esther Isabella and William Jack Barclay (not J. W. as the Tribune had it) had moved to British Columbia by 1913 and she died in North Vancouver, B. C. in 1916, but was buried in Souris, Manitoba. She and her husband had, I believe, 3 children: Hugh, William and Sara Esther Isabella. has a photograph of Esther Isabella’s headstone in the Souris-Glenwood Cemetery. Unforunately it’s not readable, but it has been transcribed.

William Jack Backlay was remarried sometime after Esther’s death to Clara Burr Cowieson. William Jack and Clara are both buried in North Vancouver Cemetery.

If you are related to these Barclay – Saunderson – Congdon families, please contact me as we are cousins though the Irwins. I am happy to share information and references.

Eunice Patricia Grills & Morley Hall Rose, marriage 1940 – 52 Ancestors


Newdale, Man.–A quiet wedding took place at the manse, Newdale, March 14, when Eunice Patricia, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Grills, of Strathclair, was united in marriage to Morley Hall, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Rose, of Newdale. The ceremony  was performed by Rev. W. Smetheringham, of the United church, Newdale.

The bride, who was unattended, was dressed in white silk sheer with headdress coronet style with pearls. Her travelling dress was of airforce blue with navy.

The young couple left by motor for Winnipeg. They will reside east of Strathclair.

Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Wednesday, 20 March 1940, page 11.



Mary Sutherland Forsyth – death 1920 – 52 Ancestors


Mrs. Mary S. Forsyth

After a short illness from pneumonia Mrs. Mary Sutherland Forsyth, beloved wife of Mr. Alex. Forsyth, 546 Twelfth street passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the age of sixty-three years. The late Mrs. Forsyth came to Manitoba in 1882 and was one of the pioneer teachers in the province. She was at one time a member of the teaching staff at the Okarese Indian Reserve near [E]Iphinstone, Man. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth were residents of the Newdale district where they are very well known. They moved to Brandon in 1908 to reside. The late Mrs. Forsyth has many friends both in Brandon and at Newdale who will regret her death. Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Miss Mary A. Forsyth, and one son, Mr. Donald S. Forsyth, B.A.

The remains will be shipped Friday to Newdale, Man., where interment will be made Friday afternoon.

Brandon Daily Sun, Manitoba, Canada, 22 April 1920, page 8

I do have some additional family information.