Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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ELIZABETH SARAH JANE BOSNELL

My mother was a young lady in the 20''s who came to Canada with her family. She told me that her dad and mother had been married quite a while before they came to Canada. They came over on the Mayflower via Boston, U.S.A. and up into Canada by Toronto to Brookdale.

There were 11 children in the family, Charlotte, Joe, Issac Jr., BiJI, Frank, Nellie, Alice, Clara, Harry, Mary, and Elizabeth. Elizabeth was my mother.

She married George Alonzo Mitchell November 1,1906. I was born on November 19, 1909 at Gilbert Plains. In 1910 my father and mother moved to Asquith, Sask. where my father''s dad had moved.

Dad took a homestead two and a half miles north of town. It was among the first 160 acres given out. He had to live on it for five years and he had to pay a small fee.

In 1914 the war was going on and I started to school at Poplar Crescent School. In 1915 the flu was bad. My father got the flu and he died. My mother and I went back down to Brookdale for the next three years and I went to school down at Brookdale on the bus until mother went back to Asquith to settle up the estate there.

In 1921 my mother passed away so I had no one left there. Grandpa Bosnell came to Asquith and brought me back to their place. I had finished my grade eight at Brookdale School. So I went to my aunt''s place in Senloc where dad''s sister lived and stayed with her until I was married in 1928.

I have looked through a good many books and gone back 76 years to find where my grandparents came from. My grandfather on my father''s side was Joseph B. Mitchell and my grandmother Nancy Jane Hummeston. On my mother''s side it was Issac and Elizabeth Sarah Jane Bosnell.

My husband''s father''s name was Caleb Kinnee.

His parents were living in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba when he was born in 1902. I was born in 1909, the daughter of George A. Mitchell and Elizabeth Bosnell. We were married on July 25, 1928 in Asquith, Sask. then moved to Sen lac after the wedding and lived there for the next three years. In 1936 we moved to Prince Albert where we worked until after the war in 1943. In 1945 we moved to New Westminister, B.c. where my husband worked for Province Newspaper, Vancouver, s.c. until 1947.

We moved to Kamloops, B.C. where he had his own business.

We had a family of eight children. We also have grandchildren and great grandchildren. They are all working and living in nice places, cities and towns.

I have worked for 30 years myself. We had our 50th wedding anniversary in 1978 in Victoria, s.c.

My husband passed away September 18,1980 in Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver when I was having cobalt treatments after a cancer operation.

I am living in Delta, s.c. in the Kinsmen Retirement Centre. I really like it in here and I am well looked after.

 

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