Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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BROOKDALE - The Brookdale Centennial celebrations got away to a good start on Sunday, July 2, when a Centennial Inter-Faith Church Service was held in the Elementary School. The Brookdale district and surrounding area was well represented, when 500 people crowded into the school building for the service.

Peter Friesen of Justice Mennonite Church assisted the Brookdale minister, Leslie Jameson, in conducting the service. A combined choir of over 50 voices, consisting of members of the Brookdale, Gordon and Mennonite choirs, rendered two anthems. Allan Olmstead sang a solo, Mrs. Elgin Drayson and Mrs. Wm. De''Ath a duet. Messrs.

Rudy, Jake and Dave Loewen and Peter Pankratz sang a quartet. Rita Lepp favored with a violin selection.

A painting of the Brookdale United Church was presented to the church by the artist, Mrs. M.

Irvine of Kamloops, British Columbia, whose grandfather, Andrew Dodds, was one of the first settlers of the community. The church offering was in support of the Canadian Bible Society.

The 4-H girls served a lunch to the large gathering, bringing to conclusion the arrangements for the day.

Centennial celebrations in Brookdale continued Monday with a picnic and sports entertainment program attended by approximately 600 guests.

That was the number who registered in the guest book and were supplied with name tags throughout the day in a large tent set up as a guest house.

Ninety guests were seated at banquet tables in the rink set up for the "over 70" guests. While the banquet was being served, other guests pooled their basket lunches on tables set out in front of the school and picnicked on the grounds.

Among the special guests at the celebration was the Hon. Mrs. Thelma Forbes, Manitoba Minister of Municipal Affairs, who spoke on behalf of the province. Greetings from the municipality were extended by Reeve W. Froom.

W.L. McDonald was master of ceremonies for the program in front of the school, which featured the Glee Club of Unity Collegiate, directed by Mrs.

Susan Drayson; Lenore Jardine, inter-district winner in senior 4-H public speaking, who presented her talk on "History on our Doorstep"; and the Mennonite male choir.

Mrs. Forbes and Mr. Froom were thorough in their judging of the beard-growing and awarded first prize to Allan Olmstead. Other contestants were Charlie Simpson and Don Craig.

Three ball games and a tug-o-war were on the agenda for the evening, followed by an old-time dance sponsored by Brookdale Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, held in the school auditorium.

Period costumes were the feature attraction and prizes for the best costumes went to Mrs. Stella Graham of Melbourne for the ladies and to K.

Mitchell for the men. The old-time waltz contest was won by Mr. and Mrs. R. Carter.

Contributing to the success of the day was the operation of a refreshment booth by W.P. Chudley, the public-address system of D. Mcintyre, the serving of the banquet by the United Church Women, the decorating of the rink by Mrs. M.

MacDonald and students of Unity Collegiate, and the work of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon McDonald, who were in charge of invitations and advertising for the event.


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