Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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Gertrude was the daughter of John and Margaret Lawrence. She had been to Normal School and had been teaching at the Shergrove School in 1920 when she met Amos in the Shergrove district. They were married on May 10, 1921 at Dauphin, Manitoba. Their oldest son Keith was born on May 23, 1923 at Shergrove, Manitoba.

Robert was born on July 23, 1925 at Ochre River, Manitoba and Ronald was born on April 18, 1932 at Shergrove, Manitoba.

Amos and Gertrude and their three sons moved to the Ingelow district in the fall of 1935.

After the death of her mother, Margaret Lawrence on June 9, 1935, Amos and Gertrude sold their home at Shergrove, Manitoba and moved to Ingelow to live with her father, John Lawrence. His home was on S.E. 5-12-16, one mile south of Ingelow and about a half mile west of the Ingelow School. The trip from Shergrove to Ingelow took three days and nights with Keith and Robert as cowboys, herding their few cattle. Being only three and a half years old at the time I vividly remember sleeping under the stars on sheaves of grain. All of our worldly possessions other than the livestock were put on the hayrack, at the most, half filling it.

As time progressed dad and the three of us purchased more land and farmed together. Mother taught school at such places as Ingelow, Edrans, Shergrove, Durban and the Riding Mountain Hutterite Colony for a total of 19 years and two months. Later, mother and dad retired to Neepawa, Manitoba where he died on December 25, 1967.

Mother later moved to Brandon, Manitoba where she died on March 7, 1979. Both are buried at Brookdale.

Keith married Myrtle Margaret Lawrence on August 21, 1948. Robert married Alberta Marion Ford from Grimshaw, Alberta on November 11, 1953. They have one daughter, Rae Leta born July 11, 1960. Rae Leta is presently working and living in Victoria, B.C. Robert and Alberta make their home in Victoria, B.c. I met and married Eileen Kostiuk at Chilliwack, B.C. Eileen was formerly from Pine River, Manitoba. We were married on March 27, 1964. I am presently employed by the C.N.R. and am living in Winnipeg.

In the late 40''s and 50''s there were local hardball teams that Keith, Bob and myself played for, Keith being pitcher, Bob first base and myelf short stop. We played for such teams as Ingelow, Douglas, Brookdale, Carberry, and Neepawa. All three of us also played hockey for Brookdale and did some curling as well.

Mother was a great reader, and interested in spiritual things, taught us the Bible from a young age. She no doubt had this love for the Bible instilled in her by her father, John Lawrence, who enjoyed talking and debating the Bible back in the early 1900''s when the men used to gather at the Ingelow store. Mother and our three families were part of the local congregation of Jehovah''s Witnesses who built and supported the local Kingdom Hall.

Looking at the Blenkhorne family contribution to the community of Ingelow, it wasn''t very much when one looks at it from the words of the following poem: Sometime when you''re feeling important, Sometime when your ego''s bloom, Sometime when you take it for granted, You''re the best qualified in the room, Sometime when you feel that your leaving Would cause an unfillable hole, Just follow these simple instructions, And see how it humbles your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water - Put your hand in it up to your wrist, Pull it out and the hole that''s remaining.

It''s a measure of how you''ll be missed.

Can it be you misjudged your importance? You may stir up the water galore, But stop and you''ll find in a moment It looks quite the same as before.


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