Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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Centennial celebrations were staged at Oberon on July 17,1970. Over 400 people signed the guest book and received blue buffalo pins in honor of Manitoba''s 100th birthday. Many ladies, men and children were clad in Centennial clothes. Mrs.

Lloyd Baker was in charge of the museum articles on display in Auburn School. The first quilt (autograph one) made and raffled by Oberon W.A.

in 1928, now owned by Mrs. Vera Sage of Neepawa, was on display. The fine hand sewn over 100-yearold quilt made by Earle and Lyle Thorn''s paternal grandmother was admired also for its fine work.

The youngsters enjoyed playing on the Oberon float with its pioneer "leftovers" and the 1917 Model T Ford car, owned by Maurice Graham of Carberry.

Former Oberon residents, 80 years and over, who were present were William Christison, Birds'' Hill; Mrs. James Olstead of Victoria, B.C.; Mrs.

Hume of Carberry, and Mrs. Ellen Martin of Neepawa. Mrs. E. White, still an Oberon resident, was also present.

Children''s races, log sawing and nail driving contests, horseshoe and ball games were enjoyed by all in the afternoon. The smorgasbord supper was served in the rink and Jim Carmichael kept the booth open. The Muirhead Orchestra provided the music for the dance in the evening.

The Oberon float was a 1932 International truck with a barrel churn, cradle washing machine, plow, rocking chair, stationary engine, water jug, etc. on it. The captions on the truck were "Manitoba''s Best-Oberon-First in the West"; "If it rains or snows, sleets or hails, count on Oberon, They won''t fail"; "So old, so good, We dig it, We sow it, We grow it, We eat it". This float was in three parades that year - at Brookdale, Carberry and Wellwood. The truck was driven on its own power.


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