Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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Lonnie Wayne Bateman, son of Lawrence and Irene Bateman, was born in Neepawa General Hospital on January 4, 1956. He was raised on a farm in the Arden district and attended school at Winchester and Arden. He completed two years of high school at Neepawa and then moved from home to start his welding career.

After working in many establishments, several of which went bankrupt, he started working in Brandon at Canadian Steel Tank. Shortly thereafter he met a girl from his home town area, Dorothy Katherine, the daughter of Jake and Katherina Banman. After a brief courtship they were married on July 8, 1978. They rented a trailer in Minnedosa for a year and drove to Brandon to work each day.

In July 1979 they moved to Brookdale and bought the Doble house. After making much needed renovations, they now have a comfortable home.

They have three beautiful daughters: Shannon Marie (May 11, 1981), Dana Katherine (May 29, 1984), and Kyla Dawn (Sept. 26, 1985).

Now after seven years Lonnie has helped to start a local badminton club and Dorothy has attended many local Bible study groups. They have acquired many friends and acquaintances in Brookdale and the surrounding areas.


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