Friday, 8 September 2017

English families to Steinbach Manitoba -Local News 1948/49

Looking for your English ancestors in Canadian newspapers? 


Time period of postings in this article: mid-1948 to end-1949.

Here is a short transcription of notices of people who emigrated from England to Steinbach, a small town in southern Manitoba. Included are announcements of who was visiting whom, weddings or births, even accidents and various events.

One person in the community or district gathered the local news and wrote it up for a column in the local newspaper. These accounts are rather 'chatty' reports that people gave to this community reporter. I used 'England' as my search term, but you could as well try a family name. 
The newspaper - Steinbach Carillon - is on Find My Past.

Here is a brief summary. The transcription follows.
  • A notice of a family receiving a 'visitor' from England, which is a bit vague when it was revealed she was soon to be their 'daughter-in-law', is it possible she was a war bride? No name given. 
  • A short notice of the WHITEMANs, an English couple who after 3 years in southern Manitoba decide to move to Australia with their family because of the harsh winters. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS who moved from England with their children to the area and subsequently moved to B.C. There is a notice that she stayed with her mother while her husband settles in B.C., but it is not clear if Mrs. Lewis was a local girl and married for a time, perhaps her own family had emigrated to Steinbach earlier? 
  • In the case of Joe GLOSSUP, it appears he may have come to the Giroux district initially as a young man, perhaps working on the farm of the Lunds' and then after a few years decided to make his way to Calgary to work on the Canadian railways. 
  • Still another example of movement between provinces is where Mr. DAVIES moved to the district initially, soon after moved to Saskatchewan and then returned to Manitoba where he bought a farm and spent the remainder of his days.  
  • Finally, a special section in the Christmas edition gives an historical account of the first pioneers.
Kerry S.D. (School Division)
Mrs. F. LEWIS and sons Donald and Peter will be leaving for B.C. any day now to join Mr. Lewis. The Lewis family came from England about three months ago.
27 Feb 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Kerry S.D. (School Division)
Mrs. F. LEWIS and family who came from England last fall and spent the winter with her mother Mrs. E. MATTHEWS, has gone to join her husband in British Columbia.
27 August 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

A.M.L. Fred OPOCENSKY of the Royal Canadian Navy has returned from England to spend a months leave with his parents Mr. and Mrs. F. Opocensky.
09 January 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Giroux News
An article about the passing of Joe GLOSSUP of Calgary who had lived in the Giroux district. I have condensed the content: 'Word has just been received of the death of J.A. 'Joe' Glossop of Calgary who passed away on Feb. 1. He had just retired last month after 44 years' service with the railway (C.P.R. then the C.N.R.). Some of the earlier years of his life were spent in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Lund (in the Giroux district) before going to McLeod [Ft.Macleod]. Gives his address as 2425 St. E. Calgary. He is married and has two daughters. Mrs. John DeWaal and Grace. He was born in Sheffield, England and came to Canada when he was about 20 years old. Mentions his six year old grandson Teddy DeWAAL.
06 February 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Marchand District
Mr. and Mrs. E. NYLUND are expecting a visitor soon. In fact, the visitor is to become their daughter-in-law. She left Liverpool, England today and is expected to arrive within 2 weeks.
19 March 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Piney district
Mr. Fred WHITEMAN made a trip to Winnipeg last week in regards to making reservations for their trip to Australia where he and his family and his parents plan to make their future home. The Whitemans are not pioneers of this district but arrived from England only three years ago. We will be sorry to see you folks go. But I don't blame anyone who is not used to our severe winters to want to get away from the monotony of snow banks and a thermometer that hangs around the 30 mark, or is it cold in Australia too?
14 October 1949 - Steinbach Carillon News

Otterburne District - obituary notice
John DAVIES, Otterburne Farmer Passes. Mr. Davies was born in Shropshire, England in 1876. In 1897 he married Beatrice HARPER and in 1902 they moved to Canada. From 1902 until 1904 he worked in the Otterburne District and in the next six years he worked in the Griswold district and homesteaded at Peebles, Saskatchewan. In 1910 he returned to Otterburne and purchased the farm west of town which he still owned at the time of his death on the 1st December.
Steinbach Carillon News 16 December 1949

A large special section in the Christmas edition starting on pg 12 of the 23 December 1949 issue of the Steinbach Carillon News -  Pioneers of Clearsprings, Giroux and Wampum by Wm. Cohoe. John MACK is noted as possibly being the first pioneer in the district.
Some of the family names mentioned and a few have great biographical detail:
   Alex ADAMS, Mrs. ANDERSON, W. BORLAND, John CARLTON, Mr. and Mrs. J.J. COHOE; Andrew DYKES, Dave FERGUSON, James GLOVER, John GORRIE, Mrs. GORAY; Arthur HARVEY, J. JEMISON, Mr. Pete KEATING-came by Red River boat; Mr. W. LAING, Jr., T. LAING, John LANGILL, John LUND, Robert MATHEWS, Mrs. Alex. McCASKILL, Peter and John McINTYRE, T. MOONEY, John PETERSON, T. RANKIN, James STEEL; W. STANGER-at Norway House Hudson Bay post; Mr. and Mrs. W. THOMPSON,  Henry WEST.
23 December 1949

The newspaper - Steinbach Carillon - is on Find My Past.
Perhaps there are some residents of Steinbach who remember these residents?

Other resources:

Between Earth and Sky: Steinbach, The First 50 Years

Reflections on our Heritage  A history of Steinbach and the R.M. of Hanover from 1874.This history particularly focusses on the history of the Mennonite community in Steinbach.

More articles about emigrants from England.
Diaries of Canadian Colonial Women ;  Pioneers of Isabella and Blaris Manitoba ;  Cambridgeshire UK Family HistoryA London Cemetery: Blumberg, OBrien ;  British World War Two Brides;   Poole Dorset to Newfoundland

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