Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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MILDRED LENORE (DENNIS) BUTCHER

Mildred Lenore Dennis was born on September 5, 1923, the eldest daughter of Herbert Bay~ield Dennis and Muriel Elizabeth (Edwards) Dennis. I was born in the farm home of my grandmother, Mrs. Florence Fuchs at Oberon, and grew up on my father''s farm at Brookdale. My mother died when I was a year and a half old, and my father and my grandmother raised me and my sister, Florence Muriel, who was 17months younger than I. In 1932, my father married Lexie Oridell Smith of Port Arthur, and my younger sister, Kathleen Alberta was born in 1936.

My school days were all spent in Brookdale School where I graduated from grade 12 in 1941. I took teacher training at Brandon Normal School and taught grades one, two and three at Arden from 1942-1945,and grades three and four at Birtle from 1945-1947.

At Birtle, Imet my future husband, Earl Arnold Butcher, who had returned from overseas inAugust of 1945, having served as a navigator with the R.C.A.F. during the war. We were married on July 26, 1947 in Brookdale United Church by the Rev.

H.T. Smith. We took over Earl''s parents'' farm immediately after our marriage and farmed for 37 years until our retirement. During these busy years we raised a familyof seven children - two daughters and fivesons. The older children attended Burdette School, a one-room school, for four years, and then they and our younger children attended Birtle School. They were an active, healthy group, participating in all the activities that our church and community offered - youth groups, sports, drama club and four 4-H clubs.

Our oldest child, Dennis Lloyd, was born on June 1, 1948.He is the minister of Atlantic-Garden City United Church in Winnipeg. His wife, the former Amy Van Eerde from New Jersey, works part time as a nurse at Seven Oaks Hospital. They have three children: Warren Albert Lloyd, born on June 2,1979; Deanna Christine Elizabeth, born on April 28, 1981; and Christopher Dennis William, born on January 18, 1986. Janice Elsie Butcher was born on August 7,1949. She is an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Physical Education. Her husband, Dale Jerrold Baker, from Prince Albert, is a personnel administrator in the Department of Community Services. They have two children, Anisa Joy, born on January 7, 1978 and Darwin Jerrold, born on June 1, 1981.Garth Frederick Butcher was born on June 4, 1951.After obtaining a degree in Agriculture he has taken over our farm at Birtle since our retirement. His wife, Lori Ann Boyko from Stony Mountain, teaches halftime at Shoal Lake Collegiate.

They have two daughters, Cleo Erin, born on May 16, 1983, and Haley Claire, born on November 16, 1984. Donald Earl Butcher was born on October 5, 1952. After obtaining a degree in Commerce, he is working as the Controller of A and M Soils at Carman. His wife, the former Donna Marie Riess of Regina, works in the Bank of Montreal at Carman.

They have two children, Donald Andrew, born on December 11, 1980 and Adele Marie, born on November 26,1982. Bruce Owen Butcher was born on October 24,1953. He is a journeyman electrician having taken his training at the Red River Community College. He has worked for several years for Honeywell in Winnipeg. Florence Elizabeth Joy Butcher was born on April 10, 1956. She taught school for a number of years and is now the manager of Sooter Portrait Studio in Winnipeg. Her husband, Keith Campbell Bamford from Foxwarren, works in the Plant Science Department at the University of Manitoba. They have two sons, Bradley Earl, born on December 9, 1973 and Curtis Edward, born on September 10, 1982. Lindsay Charles Butcher was born on March 5, 1957. He worked in the Bank of Montreal for several years, lastly as manager at the Charleswood branch in Winnipeg. He now operates a Valu-Rent-A-Car in St. Boniface.

Earl and I have always taken a great interest in community affairs. Earl served as a school trustee for 24 years, on the Birtle Consolidated School Board and the Birdtail School Division Board, part of the time as chairman. He is a member of and has held offices on the Birtle United Church Board, Pool Elevators at Solsgirth, the Royal Canadian Legion, Birtle Lions Club, Birtle Curling Club and Birtle Golf Club. I have served and held offices on the Birtle United Church Board, in the U. C. W., the Women''s Institute, Order of the Eastern Star, Birtle Agricultural Society and Birtle Curling Club. I have been a Sunday School teacher, a Youth Group leader and a 4-H club leader. I also taught the kindergarten class in Birtle School for five years.

In 1983 we built a house on the north hill in Birtle and moved to town in May 1984. We continue to take an active part in our organizations, see our children and grandchildren regularly, play golf, curl, play bridge and travel a little.

 

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