Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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Mrs. Brandson is the former Elizabeth (Bessie) Layng, eldest child of Hamilton and Alice Layng.

She was born in Grandmother Gowan''s house on March 15, 1910.

Bessie began school at the age of seven and progressed well throughout the years. She remembers fondly the friendly rivalry of the "group of four", Laura Martin, Robert Lawrie, Matilda Vinthers, and herself, vying for high marks in tests and final exams.

Other thoughts are of the trips in various "vans"; billeting in town during two or three day blizzards; field days to Carberry; and especially the Christmas concerts. Sadly she remembers the old school burning at Christmas time 1923. However, while everyone made do with classes in the church and Oddfellows'' Hall, a lovely new school was built in its place.

In 1926 the family left Brookdale and located near Winnipeg. Bessie finished high school at Middlechurch, and then took grade 12 and second year university at United College in Winnipeg. The following term was spent at Normal School and she began teaching the next term. During her fourth year of teaching she met and married Sigurdur Jon Brandson in 1935 and went to Winnipeg to live.

In 1941 the Brandsons went back to farm near Gladstone and during the war years Bessie returned to teaching. Four years were then spent farming at Langruth and one year at Neepawa before the family moved to Cloverdale, British Columbia. Mr.

Brandson was employed at Crown Zellerbach (Fraser Mills), as a plywood operator, where he continued to work for 24Y2 years.

In 1964 the Brandsons made a final move to White Rock, B.C., where Bessie did some substitute teaching for a while.

Mr. Brandson died in 1975 and Bessie continues to live in the family residence keeping busy with lawn bowling, alley bowling, choir (seniors), hospital auxiliary work, a bit of travelling and keeping in touch with the family.

There are four sons in the Brandson family: Keith, a paper maker for "Crown" at Campbell River, B.c., is married to Marlene Elder. Their children are: Barbara, Geoffrey and Warren.

Kenneth, the second son, a controller for Marathon Realty, lives in Calgary and is married to Nicole Veillette. Their children are: Susan, Eirikka, Michelle and Kathleen.

Larry, a warehouseman for Overwaitea, lives in Abbotsford and is married to Karen Raine- Ellerker. They have one daughter, Meredith. Harvey, in construction management for the petro-chemical industry, works in Alberta and is still single.


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