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SHARPE, ROBERT AND DOROTHY

by Dorothy Sharpe

Robert was educated in Manchester England and Brandon where he lived with his parents. He had come to Brandon from Manchester when he was 15 years of age.

After leaving school he worked for Western Grocers in Brandon. The Brown family who also had emigrated to Canada in 1909 lived in Brandon and had been neighbors of the Sharpes in Malvern, England. As the two families were friendly Dorothy Brown and Bob Sharpe were well acquainted. The Brown family later homesteaded in the McCreary district and the Sharpe family bought a farm there, about five miles apart in the Marshall district.

Dorothy, who had been working in Brandon, visited her parents in December of 1920, and attended a dance in the Marshall School Friday night. Bob was also at this dance, and in the course of a conversation with Bob, he asked her what she planned on doing. She replied, '~I guess I'll go back to Brandon and get a job."

Bob said, "How would you like to get married to me?"

Dorothy replied, "I'd love to." Bob said, "I'll call for you tomorrow morning about ten o'clock and we'll go into McCreary, (18 miles away) and get married."

Dorothy and Robert Sharpe.

As it was Manitoba in December, Dorothy dressed in her warm clothes and packed a bag with her good clothes. Bob, and his mother, Mrs. Harry Sharpe, called for her Saturday, December 20, in a cutter with a two horse team. They drove to McCreary and put the horses in the livery stable. Bob went out to find a minister and a best man.

Dorothy changed into her best clothes in the livery barn. Bob returned with a friend he had found on the street and they proceeded to the minister's he had found. So Bob, his friend, Dorothy, her future mother-in-law and the minister's wife repaired to the parlor of the Manse where the wedding was performed.

They returned to the livery barn where Dorothy donned her warm clothes for the journey home. They

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were well on their way when Bob said he was cold and was going to get out and walk. The horses who were also getting cold and heading for home, decided to speed up a little. Bob tripped and fell, still holding the reins. He was dragged about a quarter mile before they got the horses stopped. His clothing was filled with snow when he got back into the cutter.

They arrived back at the farm about seven o'clock, having had nothing to eat since breakfast. So they thoroughly enjoyed their wedding supper of venison steaks.

After this auspicious beginning, they settled on their homestead in the Marshall district of McCreary. They had twelve children. Dorothy says, "They're cheaper by the dozen." Of these 12 children all excepting the youngest, Dale, who was born in McCreary, Bob delivered, sometimes without the help of even a midwife. One son Harvey died in an industrial accident in 1974.

The remaining living eleven children are:

Ivy, resides in the R.M. of Clan william. Evelyn and Gordon Ratz of Brandon.

Violet Gamble and husband of Portage la Prairie. Velma Ross and husband John of Edmonton, Alta. Joyce Jorden and husband Bob of Brandon. Shirley Hallett and husband Dale of Calgary. Donna McFarlane of Winnipeg.

Robert Sharpe Jr. and wife Marie of Edmonton.

Glen Sharpe and wife Arlene of Fort Saskatchewan,

Alta.

Dale Sharpe of Erickson.

They have 43 grandchilden and 48 great-grandchildren. Bob served in the army in World War II.

Dorothy was left on the farm to raise 8 children still at home while he was in the army. Bob and Dorothy moved to the Scandinavia district in 1944 and live on S.W. 4-17- 17W. Bob passed away at Erickson in February of 1974.

Dorothy, now in her 82nd year, enjoys good health.

She loves her flowers and her garden in summer. She makes superb homemade jelly and pickles and is famous in the district for her meat pies.

Her favorite hobby is knitting, especially wool socks, mitts, scarves, and toques which are knitted from raw sheep's wool, which she cleans, cards, and spins herself. These items are very much in demand by local snowmobilers and even the R.C.M.P. constables. Before she supplies these she looks after the needs of her large family.

When asked to what she atrributes her long healthy life, she says clean country air, her home remedies with lots of milk, and at least one cod liver oil capsule a day. She has never spent a night in a hospital. To quote her, "Hard work never hurt anybody."

When her family urges her to move into town, she shrugs and says, "Maybe when I get old."

Dorothy has written many poems and there is one published song composed by her husband.

Let us be thejirst to give ajriendly sign, To nodjirst, smilejirst, speakjirst,

and - if such a thing is necessary - jorgivejirst.