Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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About 400 people attended the interdenominational church service held in the Brookdale Community Hall at 11:00 A.M., Sunday July 5. The opening of a two day series of events for the Brookdale Centennial Days - July 5 and 6.

Rev. J.D. McKenzie of Calgary (a former minister at Brookdale) was assisted by Mr. Leslie Jameson of Brookdale and Mr. J. Harder of the Mennonite Brethern Church of Justice. Mrs.

Charles Swanson was at the organ and Rudy Lowen conducted the combined choirs in two anthems. Others taking part in special music were Justice Mennonite quartet, Mrs. William De''Ath and Mrs. E. Drayson of Mentmore a duet, Mrs. B.

Jones of Brookdale a solo and Anita Lepp a violin solo. The offering was directed to support the Canadian Bible Society. The 4-H girls served lunch after the service and a social time was enjoyed.

On Monday afternoon, following registration the parade got under way, with 48 floats from various organizations in Brookdale and surrounding communities -led by the Carberry Royal Canadian Legion Band and majorettes. Hebe Hockin of Neepawa was parade marshal. Prizes were awarded for the best decorated bicycle - 1st Ryan McDonald, 2nd Sandra Dennis, 3rd Grant Hockin.

Tug-of-war for men and children and ball games were enjoyed in the afternoon. In ball Mentmore defeated Oberon; the Slackers defeated the Old Timers, and the ladies had a pick up game. A large tent was available as a Guest House for those who wished to reminisce. Name tags were given to those who signed the guest book and it was estimated 800 people were in attendance on the second day of the Centennial Celebrations. A classroom in the school was the museum for the antique display arranged by Mrs. A. Lawrie and her committee.

Mrs. George MacDonald welcomed more than 70 guests to the Pioneer banquet. Reeve W.M.

Froom brought greetings from the Rural Municipality of North Cypress. The Brookdale U.C.W. catered to the banquet. Mrs. W.J. Kinney, 93, Brookdale''s oldest pioneer, attended wearing her mother''s wedding dress. Mr. Fred Rankmore, 90, ofBrookdale was the oldest gentleman guest. For others a basket lunch was held on the grounds and the Community Club was in charge of the booth.

A program in the evening featured a fashion parade of Centennial Costumes with commentary by Mrs. Ken Mitchell. Rita and Anita Lepp entertained with a violin duet. John Loewen was winner of the beard growing contest which was judged by Mr. C. Chapman from Brandon. A gift was presented to Michael Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Jones - the youngest person present.

Farewell gifts from the Community were presented to Mr. and Mrs. L. Jameson and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Charles.

Guest speaker, Art Kinney of Russell, (a native son of Brookdale) was introduced by BillMcDonald.

He recalled having attended school with Bill at Brookdale and in concluding his talk, Art expressed the wish that the younger generation would realize the value of the contributions pioneers had made to our Province, and that they will carryon the challenge of changing times with the same undaunted spirit.

The celebrations were brought to a happy conclusion with a dance sponsored by the Community Club with Ed Kuharski''s Orchestra.

Special entertainment was provided by Ruth Lawrie, Lynn Fraser,ยท Anne Simpson, Kathleen Swanson, Helen Mitchell, Rose North and Ruby Bartz demonstrating the Charleston.

Charlie Simpson made the draw on the tickets sold in aid of the rink. Winners were: Harold Stewart of Calgary - the pig donated by Art Evans; Lome McKee - the colt donated by Harold McLeod and Clark Dunn of Brandon - the electric knife.


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