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Manitoba – Mothers’ Day, 1914 – 52 Ancestors

Manitoba - Mothers' Day, 1914

White flowers today for my mother, Janet Muriel (Scott) Rogers, b. 1914, Amy Estella (Irwin) Scott, b. 1884, both born in Newdale, Manitoba, Canada, and for Janet (Carmichael) Irwin, b. in Canada West, 1851, d. in Newdale, 1927.

No lilies though, not even Lily of the Valley, once one of my childhood favourite flowers. Amy (my Na) didn’t like them; she remembered Lily of the Valley grew on her little brothers’ grave.

Peter Larsen & Co. advertisement, Brandon Daily Sun, May 8, 1914, page 8.


Newdale school students, c. 1929, 1930 – 52 Ancestors

Today I’m posting 3 photographs identified as Newdale, Manitoba school students, c. 1929-1930. There are no names given, but two have very brief old ink captions on the back.  I would be pleased to hear from anyone who can identify any of the students.

Newdale School, Manitoba, Canada, c 1929

This photograph has no caption. Private collection.

Newdale School, Manitoba, 1929

This photograph’s caption says: Newdale High School, 1929. Private collection.

Newdale school, Manitoba, 1930
This photographs caption says: Newdale 1930. Private collection.

David and Eva Howarth, Newdale – 52 Ancestors

David and Eva Howarth

In the 1970s, my grandmother, Amy Estella (Irwin) Scott, identified this photograph as showing David and Eva Howarth. Private collection.

According to the short account in the 1970 Newdale Centennial book1, David and Eva Howarth lived in Newdale from about 1906 to1908, as did their mother. To make money for his education, David took photographs from a tent in Newdale. Eva, his sister, taught school and I did find some newspaper mentions of her. David was graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1910 and became a Methodist minister. I’m still collecting further information about them and will post more later.

Since I’m interested in photographs and photographers, I was interested in the mention of David Howarth as a photographer in Newdale in 1908 or so. He’s not listed in Glen Phillips book, The Western Canada Photographers List (1860-1925)2 but a D. Howarth is listed as a Winnipeg photographer, 1908, in the Manitoba Historical Society’s on-line list of “Manitoba Photographers, 1858 to Present”.3

1 Newdale 1870-1970, Newdale Historical Society, compiled by Jack Lamb, Laura Wood, Dora Bradley, Edith Waddell, 1970.
2 Published by Global Heritage Press, 2002.
3 Manitoba Historical Society website: Accessed 15 April 2014.

Newdale Methodist Church – women’s auxiliary, 1913 – 52 Ancestors


The Newdale auxiliary of the women’s foreign missionary and ladies’ aid of the Methodist church, held the regular monthly meeting Thursday afternoon, at the home of Mrs. A.E. Gamey. At this meeting, official Easter program was given as follows:- Solo, A little bit of love, Mrs. Peacock; reading, Mrs. Craig; reading, Mrs. Gordon; reading, Mrs. Riordon; reading, Mrs. Datesman; duet, Mrs. Gamey and Miss Gordon; reading, Mrs. Martin; solo, Miss Martin. The treasurer reported the Easter collection as $29. At the close of the literary program, Mrs. Gamey served a three course luncheon, which, interspersed with sociability, was greatly enjoyed by all. The members were pleased at meeting one of the former members, Mrs. M. J. Roulston, now of Vancouver, B.C. Twenty eight members responded to the roll call.

Minnedosa Tribune, 17 April, 1913, page 1.


Mrs. A. E. Gamey – Margaret Ann McCallum, married to Albert (Ab) Edward Gamey.

Hunter Family Reunion – 1915 – 52 Ancestors

There was a reunion of the Hunter family of Newdale, and vicinity, at a pic-nic at Mrs. Cannon’s near Bethany, yesterday, over sixty being present. All had a good time.

Minnedosa Tribune, 15 July 1915, page 3.

One of my own favourite Newdale photos shows a Miss Hunter.  I know little about this family.



An intriguing note – re C. E. G. in Newdale – 52 Ancestors

An intriguing query from C.E.G. in Newdale, Manitoba, Canada, 1934. Do those initials match someone in your family?

I believe the third piece, “If Radio’s Slim Fingers” would be a poem by Ethel Romig Fuller called “Proof” (Google Books link, 742 Heart Warming Poems, Sword of the Lord Publishers, Nov 1, 1982, #605).

“Ivory Palaces” was likely the hymn written by Henry Barraclough.

Queries – from Charles Clay’s section ‘Books For This Week’.

C.E.G., Newdale, Man, sends in a request for the words of these pieces: “The Optimist,” “A Boy or a Girl,” “If Radio’s Slim Fingers” and “Ivory Palaces.”
Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday, September 08, 1934, page 4.

A Sad Death – William Souster, 1916 – 52 Ancestors


Newdale, Man., Nov. 17. Wm. Souster, a farmer here, was found dead on the ice of o [sic] slough on his farm. The deceased, who was a bachelor, apparently was chopping a hole in the ice for the horses to drink when he was seized with a stroke, and while unconscious froze to death.

The Brandon Daily Sun, Friday, November 17, 1916, page 5.

According to the 1911 Canada Census, William Souster was born in Ontario in 1856. (1911 Census of Canada, Manitoba, Enumeration District Marquette 45, Townships 16, page 8. Accessed at, 8 March 2014.)

Charles Irwin – 52 Ancestors

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.

George Ray, Newdale – 52 Ancestors

From the Minnedosa Tribune, 13 January 1888, page 2.

Newdale Items

(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 Stewart – Newdale-Winnipeg – 52 Ancestors

Myrta_StewartIdentified as Myrta Stewart by my grandmother, Amy (Irwin) Scott. Cabinet card; no photographer’s information.

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.

Myrta_StrewatIdentified as Myrta Stewart by my grandmother, Amy (Irwin) Scott.  Cabinet card; Photographer: W.B. St. John. Neepawa & Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada.

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.