Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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Richard Brandon Allen was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Allen who were residents of the Brookdale and Douglas area. After moving from Ontario to Manitoba, they farmed and raised a family of four, R.B. being one of the sons. They lived on the S.E. of 15-12-17, by the creek, and R.B. Allen attended Creeford School. They had good crops but were hailed out three years. Joe passed away at an early age and R.B. moved down to the old Oberon district. He married Jennie Alexander in 1898.

Jennie was born in Brussels, Ontario, in 1876 and came with her family to High Bluff,Manitoba. They had four boys.

William (Bill)was born in 1902, grew up and became the grain buyer at Howden elevator. He married Ethel Baker of the Springhill district. They had one son, Larry Brandon Allen, now living at Kamloops, B.C. Larry has one son, WilliamDean, living with him. Billpassed away in 1964.

Cecil Allen married Celesta Overbeck in 1939 and they moved to Clanwilliamwhere Cecil bought grain. Later they moved to Saskatchewan where he continued to be a grain buyer. When his health failed they moved to Carberry where Cecil died in 1984.Earl passed away when a very young boy, a victim of scarlet fever.

Eugene stayed at home and helped his dad. In 1938they bought a farm two miles south of Oberon and farmed there. Mrs. Allen passed away in 1955 and R.B.later moved to Neepawa, making his home with his son Cecil and Celesta until about 1960.

Eugene married Edith Morrison in 1939and rented the J. Layng farm the S.E. 26-13-15 (now Dennis Jakubowski''s) until 1945when they purchased the Graham farm, E. 2-13-15, in the Oberon district, and moved there. In the early 1970''s they began to rent out their land and in June 1975 had their sale.

Finally they sold their farm to Gerald Davison of Saskatoon in 1978 and retired to Neepawa.

Eugene was the councillor for Ward I in Langford Municipality for 15 years (1949-52 and 1957-67).Eugene and Edith had one son, Tim, who attended the Wellwood School and Carberry High School. Later he went to Red Deer, Alberta, and worked for the Caterpillar Co. He married Caryn Simmons there in April 1985, and they moved to Edmonton where they are livingat the present time.


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