Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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BROOKDALE CENTENNIAL HOMECOMING 1983

The sun shone on a memorable weekend for the Brookdale Centennial Homecoming. It opened Friday evening with the review of fashions and dances over the years, the crowning of the Centennial Queen Cheryl Bonnett and the princesses Karen McKee and Sally Speiss. Holding the lucky ticket on the black and white T.V. was Carolyn McLeod. Helen Mitchell presented Karen McKee with the 4-H gold watch award, sponsored by Einarsons Feed and Seed Company of Glenboro.

The program was followed by a weiner roast.

Saturday dawned fair and bright, the mammoth parade of over 60 floats, headed by an R.C.M.P.

officer, followed by a former resident, Ian Dickson with his bagpipes, moved off at 11:00 a.m. and delighted the homecoming crowd.

The museum, 4-H display, and art exhibit in the school were a real addition. During the afternoon many enjoyed the ball games, the threshing demonstration or just visited in the shade of the big tent. Mrs. Mary McLeod cut the centennial cake which had been beautifully decorated by Joyce Harburn. The museum had the old school registers, pictures of yesteryear, and antiques. The art display was by local artists Edward Lepp, Martha Kurmann, Joyce Jardine, Jean Y. Mitchell and Rose Slezak.

The Oberon Community very capably managed the concession booth and the 4-H Club had the lemonade stand.

Abeef barbecue supper, under the direction of Connor Doak and his committee was served and enjoyed by over 1,000 people. A street dance with music by the "Omens" wound up the day''s events.

Pancake Breakfast Sunday morning the Good Neighbors served a pancake breakfast to approximately 400. At 11:00 a.m. the crowd attended the Interdenominational church service, followed by the unveiling of the school cairn. Charlie Simpson, in his opening remarks paid tribute to the teachers, trustees, pupils and custodians over the years. Greetings were brought from the Rural Municipality of Elton by Harold Cleaver, Rural Municipality of Langford by Elviss Sumner, Rural Municipality of North Cypress by Bob Drysdale and Beautiful Plains School Division by Kathleen Swanson.

Roy Davies on behalf of the cairn committee presented Frank McLachlan, the stone mason, with a Centennial Plate. CliffKinney of Indian Head read the address and Mrs. Mary McLeod of Winnipeg and Mrs. Elizabeth Ramsay of Neepawa unveiled the cairn.

Mr. Tom Craig on behalf of the Craig family presented a guest book to be placed by the cairn to be used for visitors. This brought to a close a most memorable weekend for the residents and visitors of Brookdale.

 

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