12) Florence (Millham) Nixon
(by son Arthur)
Florence Millham, the eleventh child and sixth daughter of Charles and Sarah Ann Millham, was born October 2, 1882 at Minnedosa, Manitoba. Mother was nine years old when her family moved to Hazelcliffe. She received her first years of schooling in Manitoba, then at Hazelcliffe school.
The accompanying photo shows Mother and her sister Alice all decked out in long dresses, riding side-saddle. One would wonder how they managed to mount the horses. Mother rode horseback to bring cattle home and also to exercise their horses. If there was a bear in the vicinity, the horses would always jump around; therefore, they would take another route home.
Mother told us they used to catch partridges to eat, and one way to catch them would be to prop a washtub up at an angle on a stick with a string tied to it, reaching to the doorstep. Grain was spread under the tub. When partridges came to feed, someone would pull the string and bingo, a good evening meal!
The homesteaders must have had a lot of nerve in those days to bring so large a family to an area so far from any services, the closest being Wapella. It was about 30 miles to haul grain and get supplies – a two day trip.
My dad, Tom Nixon (born March 1, 1876), was the son of Kendal Nixon who came from England to homestead northeast of Wapella in 1882, the year the C.P.R. came through. By 1890-1900, they owned a steam threshing outfit and my dad received his steam engine certificate. By that time, Granddad had moved to Wapella and was in the grain-buying business. I think that was how my mother and dad met – through Mother’s brother Oliver hauling grain to Wapella. Oliver owned a steam outfit at Hazelcliffe and hired Dad to run it, consequently meeting all the pretty Millham girls – Florence being the woman of his dreams. We still have a number of Dad’s love letters to Mother, which were very affectionately written. Dad must have made a lot of long horse and buggy trips in his courtship days!
On June 5, 1901 Florence married Thomas Thornthwaite Nixon and they lived in Wapella. Dad managed the grain-buying business for his dad until 1905 and for the next two years, he was engineer for a steam engine which ran the grist mill. During this time, my three eldest brothers were born.
In 1907, they moved back to the farm northeast of Wapella, later known as Kendalton district, which Dad had homesteaded before meeting Mother. From then until 1915, three more boys arrived, followed by two girls. Over the years, they expanded to two more farms. In the early 1920’s, my eldest brother Alvin moved to one of the farms and in 1928, Dad and Mother built a new home across the road from where they were living, while brothers Bob and Tom remained on the home farm.
When I got married in 1938, Dad and Mother moved to town again. They were good community people, always willing to give a helping hand. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1951.
Mother passed away on May 19, 1952 and Dad on December 20, 1965.
FLORENCE AND THOMAS NIXON
- Alvin Thomas (1902-1939)
- Charles Kendal (1904-1977)
- Robert Albert (1906-1981)
- Thomas Richard (1907-1988)
- Arthur James (1909- )
- John Nicholson [Jack] (1911-1972)
- Sarah Evelyn [Eva} (1913- )
- Alice Jane (1915- )
|1. Alvin – Flora Martin|
|1. Freda – Joseph McIntyre|
|…..||1. Margaret||6. Carolyn|
|2. Patrick||7. Linda|
|3. Joanne||8. Bruce|
|4. Brian||9. Brenda|
|2. Martin – Carrie Fergusson|
|1. Alvin||4. Judith|
|…||2. Holly||5. Sandra|
|3. Verna – Gerald Ulmer|
|1. Dennis||4. Deborah|
|…..||2. Dale||5. David|
|4. Eleanor – Gerald Sedgwick|
|.||1. Glenn||3. Susan|
|2. Barbara||4. Gale|
|5. Florence – Lyle Dolman|
|1. Heather||3. Nola|
|2. Richard||4. Neil|
|6. Ruth – Orville Peterson|
|1. Shelley||3. Sharon|
|2. Bradley||4. Lloyd|
|2. Charles – Clara Ricci|
|1. Kendal – Gladys Stewart|
|1. Robert||3. Timothy|
|2. Robert – Jacqueline|
|..||1. Randall||2. Cheryl|
|3. Caroline – Leonard Dehaan|
|1. Judith||3. Glen|
|3. Robert – Evelyn Schmidt|
|1. Roberta – David Chopek|
|1. Robert||2. Stephen|
|2. Doreen – George Szafron|
|1. Diane||3. Bruce|
|3. Marleen – Tommy Tomko|
|1. Arleen||2. Kathleen|
|4. Grace – Donald Ulmer|
|1. Donald||3. Gregory|
|2. Wendy||4. Jeanine|
|4. Thomas – Eve Strong|
|1. Stewart – Marie Istace|
|1. Laura||4. Kenneth|
|2. Deborah||5. Vernon|
|3. Larry||6. Ward|
|3. Allan – Joyce Chase|
|1. Glen||2. Trevor|
|4. Karen – John Lloyd|
|1. Corinne||3. Warren|
|5. Harvey – Linda McAuley|
|1. Dennis||3. Wendy|
|5. Arthur – Jean Fergusson|
|1. Delbert – Sharon Johnson|
|1. Derrick||3. Julie|
|2. Margaret – Roy Loraas|
|1. Darren||3. David|
|4. Patricia – Royce McCutcheon|
|1. Kevin||4. Bradley|
|2. Kenneth||5. Blaine|
|5. Valerie – Fred Skiba|
|1. Melinda||2. Brett|
|6. Donna – Allan Gipman|
|6. Jack – Hazel Cramer|
|1. John – Denise Lockwood – Lynne Scouse|
|1. Lori||3. Courtney|
|2. Shawn||4. Alexandra|
|2. Carol – Thomas MacRury|
|1. Nicole||2. Morgan|
|3. Jeanne – Harold Bonora – Allan Joseph|
|1. Richard||4. Matthew|
|2. Lisa||5. Michael|
|7. Eva – George Markham|
|1. Robert – Marilyn McGuire|
|1. Mathew||2. Evan|
|2. Diane – Douglas Bain|
|1. Joshua||3. Nathan|
|8. Alice – William Gurba – Keith Franklin|
(by son Martin)
Alvin Thomas Nixon, the eldest son of Florence and Thomas Nixon, was born on March 21, 1902 and received his education at Kendalton School. He began helping on the farm at an early age. In the 1920’s, he made a deal with his father to farm the S ½ 26-15-33 W1.
On September 26, 1929 Alvin married Flora Isabella Martin (born September 21, 1902) of Treherne, Manitoba. They had a house built on the farm in 1929 and began to experience the trials and tribulations of farming in the “dirty thirties” and of raising a family of six children.
On June 23, 1939 Alvin met his untimely death, after a short illness, due to complications from pneumonia. Flora raised the family and after they all left home, she worked at the Orange Home at Indian Head, Saskatchewan and then until retirement at Assiniboine Hospital in Brandon. She returned to Wapella upon retirement in 1967 and spent her remaining years involved in community work. Flora particularly enjoyed visiting her beloved children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She passed away after several months illness, on March 10, 1979 and was interred beside Alvin in Wapella cemetery.
FREDA (NIXON) McINTYRE
Freda Mae, the eldest child of Alvin and Flora Nixon, was born January 21, 1927. She attended Wapella School and after completing grade 11, worked in the general store in Wapella until her marriage.
On August 15, 1953 Freda married Joseph McIntyre, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McIntyre of the St. Andrews district south of Wapella. To this union, nine children were born. They lived on the family farm in the St. Andrews district until 1973 when they moved to Melville where Joe was employed until his retirement in 1980.
Freda passed away on September 19, 1989 following a battle with cancer, and was buried in St. Andrews cemetery at Wapella. Joe continues to make his home in Melville.
Margaret (McIntyre) Lough
Margaret Isabella, the eldest child of Freda and Joe McIntyre, was born June 28, 1954. After completing grade 12, she began working in a bank.
On August 27, 1983 Margaret married Francis Lough. They reside in Calgary where Francis is a member of the city police and Margaret is an assistant bank manager.
Patrick Joseph, the second child of Freda and Joe McIntyre, was born November 28, 1955.
On July 2, 1977 Patrick married Wendy Kreutzer. They have two daughters and live in Moose Jaw where Wendy is a waitress and Patrick is employed at a meat packing firm.
Jeneen Stacey, daughter of Patrick and Wendy McIntyre, was born August 26, 1976.
Jodean Mae, second daughter of Patrick and Wendy McIntyre, was born March 16, 1979.
Joanne (McIntyre) Dodd
Joanne Marie, the second daughter of Freda and Joe McIntyre, was born February 25, 1957.
On June 29, 1974 Joanne married David Dodd and they have two sons. The family lives at Elliot Lake, Ontario where David is employed at a mine.
Brent Cameron, son of Joanne and David Dodd, was born February 8, 1974.
Brian Howard, the second son of Joanne and David Dodd, was born August 19, 1975.
Brian Thomas, the fourth child of Freda and Joe McIntyre, was born July 18, 1959.
On August 14, 1982 Brian married Gloria Andrews and they have three sons. They live in Regina where Brian is employed at Custom Countertops and Gloria has held various positions.
Daniel Joseph, son of Brian and Gloria McIntyre, was born February 13, 1983.
Benjamin Kenneth, the second son of Brian and Gloria McIntyre, was born November 27, 1984.
Riley Brian, the third son of Brian and Gloria McIntyre, was born April 21, 1988.
Bernadette (McIntyre) Wock
Bernadette Mae, the fifth child of Freda and Joe McIntyre, was born August 29, 1963.
On August 20, 1988 Bernadette married Keith Wock. They live in Moose Jaw where Keith is a truck driver and Bernadette is also employed. They have two children.
Rachelle Dawn, daughter of Bernadette and Keith Wock, was born November 6, 1984.
Travis Keith, son of Bernadette and Keith Wock, was born December 12, 1985.
Carolyn Mary, the fourth daughter of Freda and Joe McIntyre, was born January 30, 1965. She lives in Regina with Raymond Cardinal and has two children.
Michael Ray, son of Carolyn McIntyre and Raymond Cardinal, was born July 27, 1987.
Alisha Dawn , daughter of Carolyn McIntyre and Raymond Cardinal, was born September 17, 1988.
Linda (McIntyre) Bucsis
Linda Ruth, seventh child of Freda and Joe McIntyre, was born October 29, 1967.
On October 18, 1986 Linda married Calvin Bucsis and they have two daughters. They live in Melville and Calvin works for the city.
Chantel Marie, daughter of Linda and Calvin Bucsis, was born November 9, 1985.
Krista Lynn, second daughter of Linda and Calvin Bucsis, was born April 11, 1988.
Bruce Ronald, eighth child of Freda and Joe McInytre, was born March 10, 1971. He lives in Melville and works on construction.
Brenda, twin of Bruce, died at birth on March 10, 1971.
Martin Alvin, the only son of Alvin and Flora Nixon, was born April 5, 1930 on the family farm (26-15-33 W1) . He attended school in Wapella from grade 1 to grade 11. During that time, he was a member of the Wolf Cubs, Boy Scouts, Grain Club, Beef Club, army cadets, and the high school Literary Society. After leaving school, he worked for two years for Markham Hardware in Wapella, then began operating the family farm in 1949.
On October 30, 1952 Martin married Carrie Fergusson of the Carnoustie district. Carrie was born September 11, 1932 on the family farm west of Rocanville. In 1956, Martin and Carrie left the farm and began working for North American Lumber at Minnedosa, Rivers, Carberry, McCreary, Oakville, and Transcona, Manitoba; Dryden and Vermillion Bay, Ontario; and Melville, Saskatchewan.
In 1961, they were able to purchase Markham Hardware in Wapella – a big decision, but not regretted. Over the years, there were busy times. The store expanded from hardware and furniture to include liquor vendor, then groceries. In 1976, they sold all except the liquor vendor and added an insurance agency. The business was sold in 1981. Martin continues to farm at present, on the original family farm.
Martin has been on the board of stewards and a trustee of the United Church. He has served as board member of the Regina Rural Health Region, chairman of the local school board, and president of Wapella Chamber of Commerce. Presently, Martin is mayor of Wapella since 1979, board member of the Moosomin-Whitewood Union Hospital, board member of the Whitewood nursing home, and member of Wapella Lions Club.
Carrie organized a successful junior choir in 1978. She is presently a member of the United Church choir, treasurer of the Board of Management for the United Church and also of the Happy Go Lucky Club in Wapella.
Martin and Carrie raised five children and presently live at 321 3rd Ave. North in Wapella. This was the family farm house which was moved into town in 1975 and enlarged. The farm is operated from town and grows mostly wheat.
Alvin Donald, the eldest child of Martin and Carrie Nixon, was born September 27, 1953 in Moosomin Hospital. He attended school at Vermillion Bay, Ontario, Melville and Wapella before working at Rocanville and Esterhazy potash mines, at Thompson Manitoba, and at construction in Winnipeg.
Alvin graduated from STI in Moose Jaw in electrical engineering and worked for Manitoba Forest Products in The Pas, Manitoba. He was supervisor of maintenance at Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg and since about a year ago, is an electronics technician for Prairie Coal at Estevan, Saskatchewan.
Holly (Nixon) Letcher
Holly Eleanor, the second child of Martin and Carrie Nixon, was born October 13, 1954 in Moosomin Hospital. She worked in retail positions after high school and then became sales representative for Walter Woods Hardware and later for Sterling Distributors. After moving to Calgary, she worked for Alberta Telephones.
On March 21, 1987 Holly married Warren Letcher and they lived at Moberly Lake, B.C. where Warren worked in construction and Holly drove a school bus daily to Chetwynd. In March 1990, they moved to Innisfail, Alberta. Holly is presently a homemaker while Warren drives transport trucks.
Colin Robert, the second son of Martin and Carrie Nixon, was born in Moosomin Hospital on November 11, 1955, and attended school in Melville, Wapella and Moosomin. He obtained autobody papers at Moose Jaw STI and has been employed in that field at Thompson and Miniota, Manitoba; Moosomin, Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan; and Edmonton, Alberta.
On December 29, 1979 Colin married Carol Monica Hanson of Moosomin. Monica was born there on June 26, 1960. At present, Carol is assistant manager of a bank in Edmonton and Colin is an insurance adjuster with Wawanesa. They have two children and reside in St. Albert, Alberta.
Erin Monica, daughter of Colin and Carol Nixon, was born May 13, 1985.
Adam Kendall, son of Colin and Carol Nixon, was born September 18, 1988.
Judith Dawn, the fourth child of Martin and Carrie Nixon, was born March 10, 1957 in Dryden, Ontario and attended school at Wapella and Saskatoon. She worked in various positions as clerk, photographer, and bookkeeper in Regina, Saskatoon and Edmonton.
In 1984, Judy became a registered nurse and has worked in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Calgary, Whitehorse and Dawson Creek. At present, due to medical reasons, she resides in Wapella.
Sandra Lyn, the youngest child of Martin and Carrie Nixon, was born December 4, 1966 and attended school, kindergarten to grade 12, at Wapella. She worked for a year in Calgary before entering university at Saskatoon for two years.
Sandra, at present, lives in Calgary where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She worked for a year in the university library, and has entered the field of social service.
VERNA (NIXON) ULMER
Verna Irene, the third child of Alvin and Flora Nixon, was born at Wapella on December 31, 1932 and took her schooling at Wapella School.
On December 4, 1951, Verna married Gerald Holden Ulmer (born May 28, 1929), son of Louis and Kay Ulmer of Wapella. Gerald was a grain elevator agent at various points: Gerald, Dubuc, and Bethune, until 1963. That year he bought into an implement dealership, Bethune Farm Equipment, which he still operates with his brother Don.
Verna was bookkeeper for the firm until the spring of 1988 when she was forced to stop due to ill health. Gerald also owns land which is farmed with his sons. Verna and Gerald have five children.
Dennis Gerald, the eldest son of Verna and Gerald Ulmer, was born November 25, 1951.
On August 10, 1974 Dennis married Debra Frederick (born June 30, 1953), of Bethune. He teaches at Athol Murray College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and Debra is a lab-technician in Regina. They have three children.
Jeffrey Dean, son of Dennis and Debra Ulmer, was born April 27, 1977.
Jason Gerald, the second son of Dennis and Debra Ulmer, was born December 20, 1978.
Jennifer Amy, daughter of Dennis and Debra Ulmer, was born September 28, 1981.
Dale Alvin, the second son of Verna and Gerald Ulmer, was born February 7, 1953.
On June 14, 1975 Dale married Rhonda Read (born January 29, 1955) of Bethune. Dale is parts manager at Bethune Farm Equipment and farms; Rhonda is a part-time secretary in Regina. They have four sons.
Trevor Dale, eldest son of Dale and Rhonda Ulmer, was born July 16, 1977.
Trent Michael, the second son of Dale and Rhonda Ulmer, was born February 7, 1979.
Craig Ryan, the third son of Dale and Rhonda Ulmer, was born November 20, 1980.
Kyle Jordon, the youngest son of Dale and Rhonda Ulmer, was born October 19, 1983.
Douglas Louis, the third son of Verna and Gerald Ulmer, was born April 10, 1954.
On April 30, 1977 Douglas married Bernadette Zaluski (born December 25, 1952) of Wynyard, Saskatchewan. He manages a department of White Farm Equipment in Regina and Bernadette works part time at the Credit Union. They have three children.
Harley Douglas, the eldest child of Douglas and Bernadette Ulmer, was born July 21, 1977.
Michalene Dawn, daughter of Douglas and Bernadette Ulmer, was born January 26, 1979.
Devin Lee, the youngest child of Douglas and Bernadette Ulmer, was born March 22, 1982.
Deborah (Ulmer) Wisniewski
Deborah Irene, the fourth child of Verna and Gerald Ulmer, was born April 26, 1955.
On November 24, 1973 Debby married John Wisniewski of Disley, Saskatchewan and had two children prior to a divorce in 1981. She lives in Bethune where she is a hairdresser and full-time school bus driver.
Robert Joseph, son of Debby and John Wisniewski, was born March 3, 1976.
Amanda Jeanne, daughter of Debby and John Wisniewski, was born January 9, 1979.
David Vernon, the youngest child of Verna and Gerald Ulmer, was born June 30, 1958 and is not married. He does most of the farming and shows Limousin cattle.
ELEANOR (NIXON) SEDGWICK
Eleanor Flora, the third daughter of Alvin and Flora Nixon, was born April 6, 1934 in Wapella. She took her primary schooling there and her secondary education in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.
On July 2, 1954 Eleanor married Delbert Gerald Sedgwick (born June 5, 1934), son of Delbert and Hattie Sedgwick of Prince Albert. They have four children and presently live at #1 Erie Street, Keewatin, Ontario. Eleanor and Gerry are co-owners of the Kee West Motel and Restaurant and in their limited spare time, like to golf, fish and enjoy camping.
Glenn Gerald, the only son of Eleanor and Gerald Sedgwick, was born November 7, 1955 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.
On May 13, 1978 Glenn married Jeanette Ann McLean (born June 17, 1950) in her hometown of Donnervirke, New Zealand, and they have two sons. Glenn is employed by Esso Resources and in 1989, they were transferred to Fernie, B.C. from Calgary.
Jason Gerald, son of Glenn and Jeanette Sedgwick, was born June 20, 1985.
Matthew Kenneth, the second son of Glenn and Jeanette Sedgwick, was born in Calgary on January 19, 1989.
Barbara (Sedgwick) Pernsky
Barbara Eleanor, the eldest daughter of Eleanor and Gerald Sedgwick, was born March 14, 1958 in Humboldt.
On September 3, 1977 Barbara married Donald Walter Pernsky (born July 28, 1954) of Kenora, Ontario. Donald is a guard at the jail in Kenora and Barbara is a registered nurse at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora. They have three children.
Elizabeth Barbara, daughter of Barbara and Donald Pernsky, was born in Kenora, Ontario on July 30, 1985.
Jordan Donald, son of Barbara and Donald Pernsky, was born October 6, 1987 in Kenora.
Julie Ann, the youngest child of Barbara and Donald Pernsky, was born January 14, 1990.
Susan (Sedgwick) Wiebe
Susan Ellen, the second daughter of Eleanor and Gerald Sedgwick, was born April 19, 1960 at Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
On April 5, 1980 Susan married Jerry Randall Wiebe (born October 14, 1957) of Dryden, Ontario and they have three daughters. Susan is a homemaker and employed at the Kee West Motel and Jerry works at a pulp mill in Kenora.
Jennifer Susan, daughter of Susan and Jerry Wiebe, was born July 28, 1980 in Kenora.
Josalyn Beth, the second daughter of Susan and Jerry Wiebe, was born November 12, 1982 in Kenora.
Tanya Ashley, the third daughter of Susan and Jerry Wiebe, was born June 13, 1984, also in Kenora.
Gale (Sedgwick) Greenwood
Gale Joan, the youngest daughter of Eleanor and Gerald Sedgwick, was born in Swift Current on November 7, 1963.
On September 3, 1988 Gale married Rod Greenwood, but they have since separated. Gale lives in Kenora where she is a dental assistant, and has a son.
Tyler Shawn, son of Gale Greenwood, was born December 12, 1987.
FLORENCE (NIXON) DOLMAN
Florence Margaret, the fifth child of Alvin and Flora Nixon, was born August 24, 1936. I attended Wapella School and completed grade 10 before attending the Canadian Vocational Training School in Saskatoon and graduating in 1955 as a certified nursing assistant.
On April 12, 1958 I married Lyle Thomas Dolman, son of Thomas and Grace Dolman of Craik, Saskatchewan. We farmed at Craik, where our four children were born and educated, until 1980 when Lyle’s health forced him to retire. I worked at Craik Hospital part time while we farmed.
While living at Craik, our family was very active in community affairs: the United Church, agricultural society, hospital board, curling and minor sports, Chamber of Commerce, to name a few interests.
In 1985, when the children were out of school and on their own, we moved to Moose Jaw and live at 1165 Alder Ave. I work full time at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital.
Heather (Dolman) Truber
Heather Isabella, the eldest child of Florence and Lyle Dolman, was born January 17, 1959.
On August 3, 1985 Heather married Terry Truber. They live in Calgary where Heather is a dietary technologist at Rocky View Hospital and Terry works at Sears Canada [Heather and Terry recently moved to Salmon Arm, B.C.]
Richard Thomas, the second child of Florence and Lyle Dolman, was born May 7, 1960. Prior to his marriage, he lived in Saskatoon and worked with the Canadian National Railway.
On August 6, 1988 Richard married Betty Lynn Christiansen (born December 24, 1958) and they have a son. Betty is a pharmacist, and they own and operate a drugstore in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, while Richard works for the CPR in summer.
Alexander Thomas, son of Richard and Betty Dolman, was born at Indian Head on November 18, 1990.
Nola Elizabeth, the third child of Florence and Lyle Dolman, was born March 3, 1962. Following graduation from grade 12, she was a medical technician in Regina. Nola is now a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Med A and has been stationed at various locations, at present, at Cold Lake, Alberta.
Neil Martin, the youngest child of Florence and Lyle Dolman, was born November 24, 1967 and since completing grade 12, has lived in Calgary. He worked on construction for a time and is now an apprentice electrician.
RUTH (NIXON) PETERSON
Ruth Alice, the youngest daughter of Alvin and Flora Nixon, was born April 8, 1938 on the family farm. I received my education at the Wapella public and high school.
On April 25, 1955 I married Orville Alexander Peterson, son of Walter and Edna Peterson of Carberry, Manitoba. Orville worked for C.P. Rail, beginning in 1948 as telegraph lineman. We met in Wapella where he worked as assistant agent and later as telegraph operator from 1953-56. We moved to Bredenbury, Saskatchewan in 1956 and for the next ten years made that railway and farming community our home. In 1966, Orville was transferred to Welwyn, Saskatchewan as station agent where we resided until the change in the railway system in 1971 when the stations were closed. We then moved to Brandon for a short ten-month stay where Orville worked as rate and bill clerk in the new C.S.C. office.
In July 1972, Orville was appointed mobile supervisor for C.P. Rail at Pilot Mound, Manitoba. As it is in some companies, you must move in order to advance your position. In February 1977, we moved to Portage la Prairie and in September 1979, were transferred back to Brandon where Orville was yard co-ordinator and trainmaster.
In 1985, once again a transfer, this time to Kenora, Ontario where Orville worked as trainmaster until he took early retirement in August 1986, after 38 years of company service with C.P. Rail. We then moved to Carberry, Manitoba where we now reside.
While our four children were growing up in the various communities, we were all involved in hockey, figure skating, curling, 4-H, Sunday School, etc. and of course, the many committees needed for the operation of the rink, school and church in typical rural areas where everyone must participate in order to survive as a community.
During all of our years of moving, when the children were older, I worked outside the home as an insurance agent while living in Pilot Mound, Portage la Prairie and Brandon. Since our retirement, Orville and I are both attempting to “improve” our golf game and during the winter, enjoy curling. We hope to do some traveling in the upcoming years but for now are enjoying our visits with children and grandchildren.
Shelley (Peterson) Taylor
Shelley Alice, the eldest child of Ruth and Orville Peterson, was born in Moosomin on September 24, 1955.
On December 4, 1976 Shelley married Ronald L. Taylor of Welwyn and they have three daughters. They reside in Moosomin where Shelley works as a registered nurse at Moosomin Hospital and Ron owns and operates R.L. Taylor Trucking.
Shannon Lee, eldest daughter of Shelley and Ron Taylor, was born April 12, 1977.
Jaime Ruth, the second daughter of Shelley and Ron Taylor, was born April 16, 1979.
Cindie Jeanne Shelley, the third daughter of Shelley and Ron Taylor, was born November 30, 1980.
Bradley Alexander, the second child of Ruth and Orville Peterson, was born April 25, 1958 in Langenburg, Saskatchewan.
On July 30, 1983 Brad married Susan N. Martin of Pilot Mound, Manitoba and they had three sons prior to a divorce. They resided in Lorette, Manitoba and Brad is a journeyman carpenter.
Owen Alexander, the eldest son of Brad and Susan Peterson, was born May 7, 1983.
Ben Walter, the second son of Brad and Susan Peterson, was born July 24, 1985.
Darryl Richard, the third son of Brad and Susan Peterson, was born July 26, 1988.
Sharon (Peterson) Currie
Sharon Dawn, the third child of Ruth and Orville Peterson, was born in Langenburg on May 14, 1960.
On July 24, 1982 Sharon married Steven C. Currie of Pilot Mound. They live on the family farm at Pilot Mound with their two children where they have a mixed farming operation. Sharon works as a licensed practical nurse at Swan Lake Hospital.
Sally Dawn, daughter of Sharon and Steven Currie, was born April 1, 1984.
Thomas David, son of Sharon and Steven Currie, was born February 20, 1986.
Lloyd Martin, the youngest child of Ruth and Orville Peterson, was born July 12, 1962 in Langenburg. He is single and lived in Carberry, Manitoba. Lloyd is employed by C.P. Rail in Brandon.
Charles Kendal Nixon, the second son of Florence and Thomas Nixon, was born July 15, 1904.
On January 6, 1933 Charles married Clara Ricci and they had four children. He worked in the steel mills at Gary Indiana until his retirement to Wapella.
Charles passed away November 18, 1977 and Clara lives in Tsawwassen, B.C.
Kendal Richard, the eldest son of Charles and Clara Nixon, was born February 24, 1934.
On November 19, 1955 Ken married Gladys Stewart and they have three sons. They live in Lockport, Manitoba and Ken works for a transport company in Winnipeg.
Robert Richard, the eldest son of Kendal and Gladys Nixon, was born November 13, 1956.
Jennifer Christina, daughter of Robert Nixon and Kim Holoway, was born May 10, 1984.
Mark Kendal, the second son of Kendal and Gladys Nixon, was born November 1, 1961.
Timothy Glen, the third son of Kendal and Gladys Nixon, was born July 23, 1967.
Robert Charles, the second son of Charles and Clara Nixon, was born December 22, 1936.
On April 24, 1963 Robert married Jacqueline Ann and they had two children prior to a divorce in 1977.
Randall Robert, son of Robert and Jacqueline Nixon, was born April 3, 1964.
Cheryl Anne, daughter of Robert and Jacqueline Nixon, was born September 17, 1965.
CAROLINE (NIXON) DeHAAN
Caroline Josephine, the only daughter of Charles and Clara Nixon, was born March 25, 1941.
She married Lenoard DeHaan and they have three children.
Judith, the eldest child of Caroline and Leonard DeHaan, was born November 9, 1956.
Janet Lynne, the second daughter of Caroline and Leonard DeHaan, was born March 6, 1958.
Glen, the youngest child of Caroline and Leonard DeHaan, was born November 3, 1962.
Thomas Lowell, the youngest son of Charles and Clara Nixon, was born January 20, 1945 and presently lives in B.C.
Robert Albert Nixon, the third son of Florence and Thom Nixon, was born on the family farm on January 8, 1906 and took his schooling at Kendalton. He farmed with his father and brothers for quite some time.
On March 26, 1929 Bob married Sarah Evelyn Schmidt and they resided on the family farm where four daughters were born. In 1949, due to ill health, Bob rented out his farm and moved into the town of Wapella where he found employment with Currie & Son and Stan Thompson.
In 1956, Bob and Evelyn moved to Vancouver where, with his brother Jack, Bob worked on construction. In 1966, they moved to Brandon where he worked at maintenance in the Salvation Army Home until retirement.
In 1978, Bob was hospitalized, where he remained until his passing on November 2, 1981. Evelyn continues to reside in Brandon.
ROBERTA (NIXON) CHOPEK
Roberta May, the eldest daughter of Bob and Evelyn Nixon, was born on the family farm at Wapella on May 4, 1930 and attended school at Kendalton. In 1948, she left home to work at the Fort Qu’Appelle sanitarium, and later that year, she moved to Gimli, Manitoba where she was employed as a nurses’ aide at the general hospital.
On June 3, 1950 Roberta married David Chopek and they resided in Gimli until July 1955 when they moved to Winnipeg. They moved to Brandon in April 1961, where they now reside. Roberta works at Canadian Motors, a Ford dealership, and David is a sales representative. They have two children.
Robert David, son of Roberta and David Chopek, was born February 13, 1954, and educated in Brandon. He is employed in Winnipeg as a civil engineer and is not married.
Stephen James, the second son of Roberta and David Chopek was born October 17, 1959. He was also educated at Brandon where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Brandon University. He is employed as an accountant with Meyers Norris Penny & Co. in Brandon and is not married.
DOREEN (NIXON) SZAFRON
Doreen Evelyn, the second daughter of Bob and Evelyn Nixon, was born on the family farm on November 28, 1931. She attended school in Kendalton before moving to Wapella with her parents.
On November 8, 1952 Doreen married George Szafron and they settled on the farm near Wapella which they have operated for 35 years, and raised three children.
Dianne (Szafron) Beutler
Dianne Lee, the eldest child of Doreen and George Szafron, was born October 30, 1953.
On July 7, 1973 Dianne married Donald Arthur Beutler. They lived in Whitewood where Donald worked with the Department of Highways as a maintenance worker and Dianne was employed at Wrights’ Pharmacy. In 1983, Donald was transferred to Rockglen, Saskatchewan. They have two children.
Deanna Lee , daughter of Dianne and Donald Beutler, was born December 14, 1973.
Robert Dale, son of Dianne and Donald Beutler, was born September 6, 1977.
Donna (Szafron) Brill
Donna Georgette, the second daughter of Doreen and George Szafron, was born June 14, 1956.
On April 5, 1980 Donna married Alan Brill and had a daughter prior to a divorce in 1983. Donna trained as a hairdresser, and has worked at the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in Regina for the past eleven years.
Meghan Michelle, daughter of Donna and Alan Brill, was born September 30, 1982.
David Bruce, son of Doreen and George Szafron, was born November 1, 1960. In 1980, he moved to Red Deer, Alberta where he began employment with Otis Drilling in the oil industry.
On April 10, 1982 Bruce married Lisa Ashfield and they have a daughter. In 1985, Bruce moved to Canadian Hydraulic Workovers as supervisor for southern Alberta, residing in Medicine Hat.
Melanee Nicole, daughter of Bruce and Lisa Szafron, was born August 5, 1985.
Cody, son of Bruce and Lisa Szafron, was born August 2, 1989.
MARLEEN (NIXON) TOMKO
Marleen Isabelle, the third daughter of Bob and Evelyn Nixon, was born November 11, 1935 on the family farm and received her education at Kendalton and Wapella schools.
On November 9, 1956 Marleen married Tommy Tomko at Vancouver. Tommy was a lineman with B.C. Hydro and Marleen was employed as an activity worker at Valleyview Hospital. They had two daughters.
Marleen passed away May 18, 1980 and Tommy in 1990.
Arleen (Tomko) Cathro
Arleen Gay, daughter of Marleen and Tommy Tomko, was born October 1, 1959 at Pender Harbour, B.C.
On November 8, 1980 Arleen married David Charles Cathro and they have two children. Arleen worked as a practical nurse at Riverview Hospital; David is employed by Custom Marine as a construction worker.
Daniel Thomas, son of Arleen and David Cathro, was born September 11, 1981.
Lesley Marleen, daughter of Arleen and David Cathro, was born April 16, 1984.
Kathleen (Tomko) Blom
Kathleen Ann, the second daughter of Marleen and Tommy Tomko, was born June 24, 1961 at Pender Harbour, B.C.
On April 17, 1982 Kathleen married George Blom and they have two sons. Kathleen is employed as a banker with Imperial Bank of Commerce; George is a cuberman with Whonnock Shakes and Shingles.
Thomas George, son of Kathleen and George Blom, was born February 1, 1984.
Mathew Jonathan, the second son of Kathleen and George Blom, was born June 1, 1987.
GRACE (NIXON) ULMER
Grace Elaine, the fourth daughter of Bob and Evelyn Nixon, was born on the family farm on May 28, 1937 and attended Kendalton and Wapella schools.
On June 18, 1955 Grace married Donald Louis Ulmer. While Donald worked for Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, they lived in several towns. In 1966, they moved to Bethune, Saskatchewan where Donald purchased a partnership, with his brother Gerald, in Bethune Farm Equipment. Grace drives a school bus for Buffalo Plains School Division. They have four children.
Donald Wayne, the eldest child of Grace and Donald Ulmer, was born January 4, 1956.
On December 29, 1984 Donald married Laura Lynne Omoth. He is a journeyman electrician and they reside in Bethune with their two children.
Sarah Lynn, daughter of Donald and Laura Ulmer, was born April 24, 1977.
Kayne Jeremy, son of Donald and Laura Ulmer, was born April 8, 1986.
Wendy (Ulmer) Fink
Wendy Lou, the second child of Grace and Donald Ulmer, was born November 17, 1956.
On June 20, 1981 Wendy married Melvin John Fink. They reside in Regina and have two children. Wendy works as a civil servant with the provincial government.
Kristopher John, son of Wendy and Melvin Fink, was born May 6, 1982.
Melissa Dawn, daughter of Wendy and Melvin Fink, was born April 23, 1984.
Gregory Dean, the third child of Grace and Donald Ulmer, was born November 1, 1959.
On October 8, 1982 Gregory married Shelley Marie Mellum and they have two children. They reside in Regina and Gregory is employed by Crown Paper Products.
Derrick Lee, son of Gregory and Shelley Ulmer, was born March 3, 1983.
Sheena Dawn, daughter of Gregory and Shelley Ulmer, was born September 8, 1986.
Jeanine Evelyn, the youngest child of Grace and Donald Ulmer, was born February 16, 1965. She resides in Moose Jaw where she is a psychiatric nurse at Valley View.
(by wife Eva)
Thomas Richard Nixon, the fourth son of Florence and Thom Nixon, was born December 15, 1907. He attended Kendalton School from 1914 to 1921, then went to Wapella School for grade 9. He helped at home on the farm until 1928 when he and his brother Robert took it over and their parents moved across the road. In 1932, Tommy moved to his uncle’s farm (Robert Nixon, Sr.)
On November 29, 1932 Tommy married Eva Eleanor Strong (born September 17, 1912), daughter of Robert and Maggie Strong of the Carnoustie district near Rocanville. They rented the farm, where their five children were born, until 1944 when they bought it from Uncle Bob. Tommy and Eva continued to live on the farm until May 20, 1980 when they moved into Rocanville and their son Bruce took over the farm.
Tommy worked for the school board for 16 years, telephone board for 14 years, and was councilor for the Rocanville Rural Municipality from 1960-63. Tommy and Eva attended their boys’ Kendalton fastball tournaments every Sunday that they could, and enjoyed bonspiels in the winter.
Tommy passed away in Moosomin Hospital on October 13, 1988 following a lengthy bout with cancer. [Eva died, also due to cancer, on January 11, 1990.]
Stewart Richard, the eldest son of Tommy and Eva Nixon, was born at home (SE5 -16-32 W1) on October 31, 1933. He attended school at Kendalton for nine years, then lived and worked at home until 1957 when he moved to NW31-15-32 W1, Uncle Bob and Aunt Evelyn’s farm which had been Granddad Nixon’s first farm.
On July 9, 1957 Stewart married Anne-Marie Istace at St. Hubert Mission, Saskatchewan where she was born on February 3, 1937. Marie attended school at St. Hubert and Montmartre, and took teacher’s training at Moose Jaw Teachers’ College before teaching at Ste. Marthe 1955-56 and Kendalton 1956-57.
Stewart and Marie have six children and continue to live on the farm which is “home” to their children and grandchildren. Marie has been working as a teacher’s aide at Wapella School since 1980. Stewart was Division 5 municipal councilor 1967-68, and reeve 1969-80 and 1986 to present. They both enjoy dancing, golf and some curling.
Laura (Nixon) Reavie
Laura Anne, the eldest daughter of Stewart and Marie Nixon, was born July 1, 1958 and received my public and high school education in Wapella. After graduating from high school, I worked for the Royal Bank in Regina, then in Moosomin, before taking a job at the Credit Union in Rocanville just before I was married.
On July 22, 1978 I married David Allan Reavie (born January 11, 1957), the eldest son of Brian and Sheila Reavie of Rocanville. We reside on the family farm 1 ½ miles east of Rocanville which Allan has farmed since his dad’s death in 1974. We also have a 75-sow hog operation, selling crossbred weanlings as well as purebred Red Wattle breeding stock. Along with farming, Allan worked for P.C.S. Rocanville from 1977 to 1990 as an industrial mechanic. In 1990, Allan left the mine to become a marketing agent for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance. We have three children.
Allan was a charter member of the Rocanville Lions Club from 1979 to 1986 and I also belonged from 1980-86. In 1986, Allan was elected to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Red Wattle Hog Association and in 1987, was elected to the Board of Directors for Moosomin Credit Union at Rocanville. I enjoy curling during the winter and Allan, who was an avid hockey player before we were married, now coaches our oldest son’s hockey team.
Memories of my family when we were kids include: Deb being nicknamed “Debbie Dear” because of her sunny disposition and sense of humor; Larry, being the eldest of my four brothers, was the leader of the boys and always engineering and supervising the building of forts, treehouses, snow tunnels and all other major projects. (By the way Larry, you are forgiven for sawing the hand off my favorite doll!) Ken, our second brother became know as “an accident looking for a place to happen” for bumping into or falling off something and frequently needing a quick trip to the doctor for stitches; Vernon picked up the handle “the professor” when he started wearing glasses at 17 months of age and was reading before he reached 4 years; Ward, the baby of the family, may be last, but certainly not least, having no problem making his presence known even now.
There are two things that our parents and grandparents instilled in all us kids by the way they lived – one was to always cherish your family, whether immediate or extended, as they will always be there for you and through the years they always were. The second was to have a sense of humor – life is so much more fun if you know how to laugh!
Dwight Allan, the eldest child of Laura and Allan Reavie, was born March 10, 1981.
Evan Thomas, the second son of Laura and Allan Reavie, was born May 7, 1983.
Lesley Anne, daughter of Laura and Allan Reavie, was born February 25, 1985.
Debra (Nixon) Hilts
Debra Marie, the second daughter of Stewart and Marie Nixon, was born October 5, 1959. I attended Wapella School from 1965-1977, then graduated from the Certified Nursing Assistant program at Kelsey Institute at Saskatoon in January 1979. I have worked since that time on children’s wards at Regina General Hospital, maternity ward at Lloydminster Union Hospital, Moosomin Nursing Home, and Moosomin Union Hospital. At present I am busy with our five children at home and quite content as a housewife.
On October 17, 1981 I married John David Hilts (born August 19, 1957), son of Irene and Willie Hilts of Rocanville. Their family lived in Indian Head until 1963 when they purchased the family homestead east of Rocanville where John grew up. After our marriage, we purchased an acreage on the Hilts homestead. John, a journeyman welder, is presently employed at PCS Rocanville, and does various welding jobs for people in the community from his shop at home.
Occasionally when the whole family would get together at Grandma and Grandpa Nixon’s, there would be a ball game, kids and grown-ups alike. Often the rules would get stretched a little – it really always made for a fun day. And while on the subject of stretching the rules, one definitely had to watch closely while playing cards with a whole tableful because everyone (including Grandma) would try to see just how much they could get away with. We certainly have had a lot of good laughs over the card games!
John Michael, son of Deb and John Hilts, was born December 18, 1980 and enjoys school. He was endowed with his father’s athletic ability and is involved in hockey.
Jacqueline Gail, John’s twin, was also born December 18, 1980. She, too, enjoys school and is athletic, and also plays the organ.
Kimberly Dawn, the third child of Deb and John Hilts, was born January 10, 1983. She enjoys playing the organ and reading.
Christina Marie, the fourth child of Deb and John Hilts, was born October 3, 1984.
Heather Laurene, the youngest child of Deb and John Hilts, was born May 12, 1986.
Larry Richard, the eldest son of Stewart and Marie Nixon, was born in Moosomin Hospital on February 9, 1961 and attended school in Wapella where he graduated.
On November 7, 1986 Larry married Linda Price (born September 3, 1964) at North Battleford. They have two sons and reside in North Battleford. Larry worked on the oil rigs for some years and is now employed with the CNR.
Curtis Richard, son of Larry and Linda Nixon, was born May 19, 1986.
Brent Robert, the second son of Larry and Linda Nixon, was born December 28, 1987.
Kenneth David, the second son of Stewart and Marie Nixon, was born April 13, 1962. He attended school and graduated in Wapella.
On July 27, 1987 Ken married Melanie Dawn Kingdon (born October 28, 1964) at Rocanville. They lived in Brandon where Ken did carpentry work until April 1989 when they moved, with their daughter, to Rocanville. Melanie works part time as a bookkeeper for Hassler Ford and Ken has his own carpentry business, K&M Renovating.
Krysten Eva, daughter of Ken and Melanie Nixon, was born March 26, 1989.
Vernon Michael, the fifth child of Stewart and Marie Nixon, was born July 14, 1963 and attended school in Wapella where he graduated. He took one year accounting at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon.
On March 6, 1988 Vernon married Tammy Culbertson (born July 15, 1966) of Welwyn, Saskatchewan. They live in Warman while Vernon attends university in Saskatoon, working on his degree in Commerce. Tammy is a veterinarian’s assistant in the Vet. College at the University of Saskatchewan.
Ward John, the youngest child of Stewart and Marie Nixon, was born October 27, 1964. He was educated and graduated at Wapella and now lives in Saskatoon. He is presently working as a painter for an industrial firm.
Bruce Warren, the second son of Tommy and Eva Nixon, was born November 27, 1935 and attended school at Kendalton from 1941-1949. He has farmed, worked on oil rigs and construction. He is still farming in the Kendalton district.
Bruce has been a councilor for the R.M. of Rocanville, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, and the curling club. He spends as much time as possible at Round Lake during the summer.
Allan Kenneth, the third son of Tommy and Eva Nixon, was born at their farm home in the Wapella district on January 5, 1937. He attended Kendalton School for his entire education, grade 1 through grade 9, then began farming with his father and brothers. With two older brothers helping outside, he was often delegated to helping with the household duties. In the winter of 1956, Allan and his oldest brother Stewart took an eight-week basic training course in the armed forces at Winnipeg.
On August 10, 1963 Allan married Joyce Chase (born May 1, 1943), the second child of Morgan and Minnie Chase of Rocanville, a stenographer at the Toronto-Dominion Bank in Regina. They took up residence on Allan’s farm NE1-16-33 in the rural municipality of Rocanville, where they raised their two sons.
Allan enjoyed fishing, hockey, curling, golfing, fastball and dancing. He was a member of Rocanville United Church, Bird’s Point Social Club, secretary-treasurer of Kendalton Snow Club, and was repairman for the rural telephone company until the lines were buried in 1984.
Allan and Joyce held an auction sale in the spring of 1990 and moved into Rocanville. Allan passed away July 29, 1990 following a recurring battle with cancer.
Glen Allan, son of Allan and Joyce Nixon, was born May 19, 1965 and attended school in Wapella where he graduated from grade 12. He took a mechanical engineering technology course at Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon and is now working for IMC at Esterhazy.
Trevor Kenneth, the second son of Allan and Joyce Nixon, was born January 20, 1967. He graduated from grade 12 at Wapella School and also took a mechanical engineering technology course at Kelsey Institute. He works for Standard Machine Ltd. in Saskatoon.
KAREN (NIXON) LLOYD
Karen Eleanor, the only daughter of Tommy and Eva Nixon, was born October 26, 1942. I attended Kendalton School until grade 9 and took high school in Wapella.
On June 25, 1960 I married John Lawrence Lloyd (born August 25, 1938), son of Edith and Whitfield Lloyd of Rocanville, and we had three children. During the first few years of our marriage, John worked for the Co-op Lumber in Rocanville, Whitewood, and Sandy Lake, Manitoba. In July 1967, he started work in various positions at the Sylvite mine site at Rocanville.
In 1973, John’s ambition of going overseas to work in the oil fields took our family to Iran for two years, then on to England for two years. We returned to Canada in 1978 so the children could graduate with Canadian diplomas from Rocanville High School. John has continued to work overseas on a 28-day rotation, except for one year when we lived in Australia.
When you have three active outgoing children growing up, it seems there is no problem becoming involved in 4-H, hockey, softball, CGIT, etc. and being car pool driver for whatever their interest of the moment is. What a delight that has all been! I have also been secretary-treasurer of our Home and School Association, trustee for the local school board, town councilor, and a member of Rocanville Lioness Club.
Grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins have been a very important part of our lives and we still look forward to getting as many as possible together to paint Easter eggs, to explore our Christmas stockings, to spend very social times around the campfire at Round Lake, or any occasion that get us all together for a good old-fashioned family meal.
[Karen passed away due to cancer on September 23, 1989.]
Corinne (Lloyd) Delmage
Corinne Eleanor, the eldest child of Karen and John Lloyd, was born April 14, 1961. I attended school in Rocanville from 1967 until 1973 when we moved to Iran and later England. In the time we lived overseas, we visited several European countries including Holland, Greece, Denmark and Scotland. After our return to Canada, I graduated from Rocanville High School in 1979.
On September 6, 1980 I married Allan Ross Delmage (born August 2, 1958), son of Wm. (Rusty) and Nellie Delmage of Hazelcliffe, in the United Church in Rocanville. We lived in Rocanville until November 1982 when we moved to the Delmage family farm at Hazelcliffe. We live and farm on the SW28-18-33 W1 which was also home to Willie and Mary Frances Gordon, and Albert and Elsie Millham in days gone by.
Allan works off the farm as a welder for Goodmans Steel and Iron in Rocanville while our four children and I help out with the farming Our family enjoys spending time swimming and skiing at Round Lake in the summer and our winters are spent at Tantallon rink.
Jennifer Eleanor, the eldest daughter of Corinne and Allan Delmage, was born July 2, 1981. She attends P.J. Gillen School in Esterhazy and takes figure skating in Tantallon.
Darcy Ross, the only son of Corinne and Allan Delmage, was born November 20, 1983 and attends P.J. Gillen School. He takes figure skating and hockey at Tantallon.
Kelly Lynn, the second daughter of Corinne and Allan Delmage, was born February 11, 1985 and attends P.J. Gillen School. She is also involved in figure skating and hockey at Tantallon.
Kendry Corinne, the youngest child of Corinne and Allan Delmage, was born June 13, 1989 and goes to whatever the older kids are involved in.
Dawn (Lloyd) Wilson
Edith Dawn, the second daughter of Karen and John Lloyd, was born January 24, 1963. I started school in Rocanville in 1969 and after returning from overseas in 1978, competed my education in Rocanville. After graduating in 1981, I moved to Regina and worked at Co-operators Insurance until my marriage. I enjoy singing and am often called upon to sing at weddings; I also belong to the After Eight choral group at Rocanville.
On May 20, 1984 I married Ronald James Wilson (born August 25, 1963), son of Lawrence and the late Norma Wilson of Rocanville. Ronald is employed by the Department of Highways, working with Rocanville division 1984-85, transferring to Whitewood from 1985-89, and back to Rocanville in 1989.
While curling in the winter and fastball in the summer are of great interest to Ronald, we anticipate suspension of these activities to make way for hockey practices, music lessons, or whatever other activities our four children may involve themselves with.
Lance Garrett, son of Dawn and Ronald Wilson, was born June 30, 1985.
Owen James, the second son of Dawn and Ronald Wilson, was born August 28, 1986.
Tara Tenille, the only daughter of Dawn and Ronald Wilson, was born June 4, 1988.
Brett Ronald, the youngest son of Dawn and Ronald Wilson, was born June 20, 1990.
Warren Lawrence, the only son of Karen and John Lloyd, was born May 27, 1964. When he finished high school in 1982, Warren took mechanical engineering at Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon. After working with Cambrian Engineering for two years in Saskatoon, he decided to further his education. He received his degree in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1990 and works at Pan Canadian.
On July 2, 1989 Warren married Ann Beaulieu (born March 28, 1966) from Fairview, Alberta. Ann graduated in 1990 as an Electrical Engineer and works as a customer consultant at Northern Telecom.
Harvey John, the youngest son of Tommy and Eva Nixon, was born November 18, 1944 and attended school at Kendalton from 1950-59 and Wapella School for two years. He then farmed with his dad and brothers. In 1966, he bought his own farm but continued to live at home until his marriage.
On June 28, 1969 Harvey married Linda Marie McAuley. Linda was born November 5, 1946 and is the daughter of Alex and Betty McAuley of McAuley, Manitoba. Harvey and Linda have three children. They both enjoy curling, and Harvey plays fastball with the Kendalton team. He has been their pitcher for years and has had three no-hitters, including a perfect game in 1989.
Dennis John, son of Harvey and Linda Nixon, was born October 28, 1972. He is a member of the 4-H Beef Club and curls. He is presently taking an agricultural mechanics course at Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon.
Mark Harvey, the second son of Harvey and Linda Nixon, was born August 31, 1974 and attends Wapella School. He also curls and is a member of the 4-H Beef Club.
Wendy Marie, the only daughter of Harvey and Linda Nixon, was born September 17, 1975. She attends Wapella School and is involved in figure skating and curling.
(by wife Jean 1991)
Arthur James Nixon, the fifth son of Florence and Thomas Nixon, was born February 13, 1909. He attended Kendalton School (which was named after his grandfather) to grade 8, then stayed home to help on the farm. Church services were held in the school for a number of years, with the minister coming from Wapella. The school burned just before Christmas 1937 so the concert was held in a home. A new school was built in 1938. During the last two years prior to his marriage, Arthur and the hired man bached while his parents moved into Wapella for the winters.
On November 9, 1938 Arthur married Jean Fergusson, daughter of Robert and Maggie (Strong) Fergusson of the Carnoustie district near Rocanville. We lived on the family farm where we raised cows, horses, pigs, chickens and turkeys. Prices were low during the first few years compared to now. Eggs sold for five to thirteen cents a dozen and good chickens were fifty cents each. A five-gallon can of cream was around $3 to $4. It is much better now – we would not wish the dry 1930’s on anyone.
Farming began to change after we were married a year or two, when horse power was replaced by tractors. We bought our first rubber-tired tractor in 1940. The threshing machine, which required ten to twelve men to operate, was replaced by the combine in 1952. Two men could handle the same grain and it was a lot less work for the women in the house cooking.
Small trucks were used in the 1920’s to haul grain to town. Farmers kept getting larger trucks, which required the back-breaking labor of shoveling, until 1940 when the grain auger was introduced which would load 100 bushels of grain in a few minutes.
In that era, fertilizer and weed sprays were brought into the market and sprayers were built to use those products. In 1954, it was a big boon to the country when farmers got electricity in the area. That did away with coal oil lamps and lanterns, and wood and coal stoves; and made it possible to have furnaces in the homes that were automatically controlled, electric washers and dryers, churns and many other smaller appliances. We got our first black and white television in 1958 and a few years later, a colored one.
Arthur and I had six children. There were good times on the farm. The Kendalton ball club, active in the ‘30’s, is still going strong today. We had many dances at Kendalton (first in the school and then in the new hall) where some orchestras were hired and sometimes local music was used. We also had neighbourly visits, card games, and ball games in summer. We went to town once a week – every Saturday – for groceries and the mail. Saturday was also bathing afternoon or night.
We always had outside men hired and most of the time, a girl in the house, until our family got older. Arthur delighted in playing tricks on people. One time, our hired man went home for the weekend. We piled an empty syrup pail and several lids at the top of our eleven or twelve-step stairway and tied a string to the doorknob at the bottom of the steps. We hid all the lamps (expecting them to get dropped). The hired man came home late and sneaked quietly to the door to go upstairs. When he opened the door, there was a terrible crash – needless to say, a real scare for him!
We had a Red Cross in our district and did sewing and knitting in the years of the war.
Later on, the Red Cross folded up and we organized a Kendalton Ladies’ Circle which was active for a number of years.
Arthur and I both held positions in our community club as executives in the period that the hall was built. The hall is still there and is used once a year for a picnic, with ball games between young and elderly, children’s and adult races, concluding with a wiener roast and bingo with home cooking as prizes. There is also the odd cabaret and dance.
Arthur was on the school board for a number of years, the local school board in Wapella, the church board, the agriculture society, and he also curled for many years. Through the years, I have made a lot of quilts.
We farmed until November 1973 when we bought Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Wilson’s house in Wapella and moved into town. Our son Delbert took over the farm. We take part in the active senior citizen’s group in Wapella.
Delbert Arthur, the eldest child of Arthur and Jean Nixon, was born August 5, 1939.
On November 7, 1964 Delbert married Sharon Johnson (born October 21, 1943) of Rocanville, daughter of Ethel Strong and Duncan Johnson, and they have three children. They operate the family farm and Sharon is a registered nurse working in Whitewood Hospital.
Edward Derrick, son of Delbert and Sharon Nixon, was born November 15, 1966 and graduated from high school in Wapella. He is currently working on pipeline construction in Alberta and resides in Medicine Hat.
Richard Dale, the second son of Delbert and Sharon Nixon, was born July 7, 1968 and also completed grade 12 in Wapella. He took an electrician course and earned his journeyman’s certificate in the spring of 1991. He now lives in Edmonton.
Julie Dawn, daughter of Delbert and Sharon Nixon, was born October 13, 1970. She graduated from grade 12 at Wapella School and has completed the first year of a two-year course in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon where she lives.
MARGARET (NIXON) LORAAS
Margaret Ann, the eldest daughter of Arthur and Jean Nixon, was born May 27, 1941. She obtained a practical nurse diploma and nursed for a few years.
On September 3, 1960 Margaret married Roy Loraas of Saskatoon and had three sons prior to a divorce. She is now living and working in Saskatoon, doing office work at a rental division of the Saskatchewan government.
Darren Roy, the eldest son of Margaret and Roy Loraas, was born June 22, 1961. As a hockey referee, he officiates games in and around Saskatoon. He is a journeyman electrician, and a sales rep for Commercial Electric.
On June 16, 1990 Darren married Brenda Lee Smith (born July 30, 1960), daughter of Phyllis Ahl and Matthew Smith. Brenda works at Intercontinental Packers in Saskatoon.
Donald Dean, the second son of Margaret and Roy Loraas, was born June 15, 1962. He lives with his mother and attends the University of Saskatchewan where he has completed the first of four years in the College of Engineering.
David Allan, the third son of Margaret and Roy Loraas, was born July 31, 1965. He is employed by Shelley Western Groceries in Saskatoon.
Donald James, the third child of Arthur and Jean Nixon, was born March 13, 1943 and passed away February 24, 1944.
PATRICIA (NIXON) McCUTCHEON
Patricia Jean, the fourth child of Arthur and Jean Nixon, was born December 15, 1944.
On March 28, 1964 Pat married Royce McCutcheon (born May 23, 1945) of Rocanville, son of Lillian Crowley and Lorne McCutcheon. Royce is employed at the IMC potash mine at Esterhazy and Pat is head of household at the Whitewood Inn. They have five sons, and moved from Wapella to Whitewood in 1989.
Kevin Royce, the eldest son of Pat and Royce McCutcheon, was born August 12, 1964. He worked at the Co-op upgrader in Regina and is now manager of the Barley Mill, a bar, lounge and liquor vendor.
On June 3, 1990 Kevin married Leslie Leanne Clark (born November 30, 1968), daughter of Dianne Dunn and Barry Clark. They have a daughter, and Leslie is an accountant at the Barley Mill and other branches of it.
Jessica Elizabeth, daughter of Kevin and Leslie McCutcheon, was born April 22, 1991.
Kenneth Barry, the second son of Pat and Royce McCutcheon, was born April 17, 1966. He has been working in Alberta since he finished school and at present, works on pipeline construction and lives in Red Deer.
Kelly James, the third son of Pat and Royce McCutcheon, was born September 18, 1968. He has also been in Alberta since finishing his schooling, and also works on pipeline construction and lives in Red Deer.
Bradley Wade, the fourth son of Pat and Royce McCutcheon, was born March 21, 1973. He is out of school and does some building and also works part time on pipeline construction in Alberta. He is presently at home with his parents.
Blaine Robin, the youngest son of Pat and Royce McCutcheon, was born November 26, 1975 and is completing grade 9. He is involved with hockey and other school activities and sports.
VALERIE (NIXON) SKIBA
Valerie Florence, the fifth child of Arthur and Jean Nixon, was born March 19, 1951.
On July 13, 1968 Val married Fred Skiba (born February 20, 1947) of Wapella, son of Hilda Schmidt and John Skiba. Val and Fred operate the Lucky Dollar store, liquor vendor and crafts in Wapella. They have two children.
Melinda (Skiba) Beaver
Melinda Dawn, daughter of Val and Fred Skiba, was born November 20, 1968. After completion of her schooling in Wapella, she moved to Saskatoon to work in a bank and is now loan accounting officer at the Toronto Dominion Bank there.
On July 6, 1990 Melinda married Greg Beaver, son of Marge Ozirgny. Greg is a processing clerk in corporate accounting with Federated Co-op in Saskatoon.
Brett Frederick Arthur, son of Val and Fred Skiba, was born November 9, 1974 and is presently taking grades 11 and 12 in Wapella. He helps his parents in the store after school and on Saturdays.
DONNA (NIXON) GIPMAN
Donna Lee, the youngest daughter of Arthur and Jean Nixon, was born May 2, 1952.
On March 25, 1972 Donna married Allan Gipman of Garrick and had a son prior to a divorce. Donna is an executive secretary for Federated Co-operatives Limited in Saskatoon.
Keith Allan, son of Donna and Allan Gipman, was born July 3, 1972. He lives at home with his mother while working, and plans to attend university in the fall with aspirations of becoming a teacher.
John Nicholson Nixon, the sixth son of Florence and Thomas Nixon, was born February 12, 1911. He served overseas during World War II, Canadian Provost Corps.
On November 30, 1940 Jack married Hazel Cramer and they had three children. He was a construction contractor in Vancouver, B.C.
Jack passed away April 9, 1972. Hazel has since remarried, to a Mr. Bradbury, and continues to live in Vancouver.
John Walter, son of Jack and Hazel Nixon, was born April 28, 1942. He lives and works in Vancouver.
On May 30, 1963 John married Denise Gail Lockwood (born July 19, 1944), and they had two children prior to a divorce in 1973.
In 1975, John married Lynne Scouse from South Africa and they have two children.
Lori Jeannette, daughter of John and Denise Nixon, was born July 8, 1970.
Shawn Michael, son of John and Denise Nixon, was born January 3, 1972.
Courtney John, son of John and Lynne Nixon, was born April 7, 1976.
Alexandra Brie, daughter of John and Lynne Nixon, was born September 13, 1978.
CAROLE (NIXON) MacRURY
Carole Anne, daughter of Jack and Hazel Nixon, was born December 22, 1943.
On May 27, 1967 Carole married Thomas MacRury (born September 5, 1944), and they have two children. In 1972, the family lived in Florida.
Nicole Kathleen, daughter of Carole and Thomas MacRury, was born June 6, 1971.
Morgan Sanderson, the second child of Carole and Thomas MacRury, was born March 29, 1974.
JEANNE (NIXON) JOSEPH
Jeanne Marie, the youngest child of Jack and Hazel Nixon, was born March 22, 1949.
On June 15, 1968 Jeanne married Harold Chester Bonora and they had a son prior to their divorce in 1971.
On March 22, 1973 Jeanne married Allan Joseph and they have four children. They reside in British Columbia.
Richard John, son of Jeanne and Harold Bonora, was born March 14, 1969.
Lisa Ann, daughter of Jeanne and Allan Joseph, was born July 24, 1973.
David Stanley Frederick, the eldest son of Jeanne and Allan Joseph, was born November 1, 1974.
Matthew Gerald, the second son of Jeanne and Allan Joseph, was born June 14, 1981.
Michael Alan, the youngest son of Jeanne and Allan Joseph, was born October 30, 1982.
EVA (NIXON) MARKHAM
Sarah Evelyn (Eva) Nixon was born March 15, 1913 at the farm home in the Kendalton district seven miles northeast of Wapella, the seventh child and first daughter of Florence and Thom Nixon. I attended Kendalton School followed by high school in Wapella. In 1931, I commenced nurse’s training in Moose Jaw General Hospital, completing training and graduating on September 21, 1934. Due to the lack of local employment in the dirty thirties, I obtained employment in Portland Oregon General Hospital for one year. Following that, I was employed at Oxnard, California for one year, then one year in Indiana. In June 1939, I was called home due to the death of my eldest brother Alvin.
On July 28, 1939 I married George Markham (born July 17, 1912 at Virden), my high school sweetheart. Following our marriage, we made our home in Wapella. George was the son of Frank and Edith Markham who resided in Wapella for 18 years and operated a café and confectionery store. Three years prior to our marriage, George was employed by the Olympia Company in Brandon as a salesman. In 1942, we purchased his dad’s business which we operated for three years. Following that, George was in the hardware, appliance and furniture business for eighteen years. During that period, we adopted two children.
In 1959, George opened a furniture and appliance store in Moosomin, which he operated until his death. In 1960, we moved to Moosomin and built our home.
In 1959, when the polio epidemic was at its height, I was employed by the Public Health Department and worked for ten years out of the Moosomin Public Health Office. In 1967, I oriented into hospital work and did part-time duties until I retired in 1975.
George passed away suddenly on November 26, 1982, due to an aneurysm, at the age of 70. I continue to reside in Moosomin.
Robert George, son of Eva and George Markham, was born February 20, 1949. He graduated from Moosomin High School in 1967 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Regina in 1972.
On June 15, 1974 Robert married Marilyn McGuire (born August 23, 1953), daughter of Kendal and Ione McGuire of Kipling, Saskatchewan. Marilyn graduated from Kipling High School in 1971 and worked at Sask Tel in Regina for five years.
Robert received his Bachelor of Education Degree in 1977 and that same year, accepted a teaching position at Langenburg High School where he is presently employed. Robert and Marilyn have two sons.
Mathew Stephen, son of Robert and Marilyn Markham, was born September 4, 1976.
Evan Thomas, the second son of Robert and Marilyn Markham, was born June 18, 1981.
DIANE (MARKHAM) BAIN
Diane Evelyn, daughter of Eva and George Markham, was born July 21, 1951. She graduated from Moosomin High School in 1969 and from Regina General Hospital as a registered nurse in 1971.
On September 4, 1971 Diane married Douglas James Bain (born September 20, 1950), son of James and Mary Bain of Moosomin. Douglas graduated from Moosomin High School in 1968, and Saskatchewan Technical Institute in June 1971 with Business Administration. He is presently employed as office manager at Moosomin Ready Mix, and Diane has part-time employment at the nursing home in Moosomin. They have three children.
Joshua James, the eldest child of Diane and Douglas Bain, was born July 28, 1976.
Dana Evelyn, daughter of Diane and Douglas Bain, was born November 23, 1979.
Nathan Douglas, the youngest child of Diane and Douglas Bain, was born September 28, 1983.
ALICE (NIXON) FRANKLIN
Alice Jane Nixon, the eighth child and second daughter of Florence and Thom Nixon, was born August 7, 1915 at their farm home in the Kendalton district. I attended Kendalton School followed by high school in Wapella. In 1933, I attended Success Business College in Winnipeg, then accepted a stenographic position with Olympia Wholesale in Brandon until my marriage.
On December 16, 1941 I married William (Bill) Gurba and in February 1942, he was called into the army, Winnipeg Grenadiers. During his various postings to Woodstock, Prince Albert and Victoria, I followed him as so many other army wives did. He served overseas from the early part of 1944 until his return home at the end of the war.
Following his return, we again resided in Brandon where he was employed by the Brandon Transit System. Bill passed away December 16, 1976. For a few years, I did office overload work and then took a position with Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. where I worked for twelve years before retiring.
On August 31, 1985, I married Keith Franklin and we continue to reside in Brandon.