Quest in Roots:
Brookdale Manitoba History

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I was born at Cartwright in southern Manitoba and attended Brandon College and then United College in Winnipeg. In 1950 I was ordained as a minister of the United Church. In 1949 I was appointed student minister on the Brookdale Charge which included Oberon, Gordon (in Mentmore district), and Ingelow. On a Friday night I would come out from Winnipeg by train and be ''billeted'' with a different church family each week-end. I had four services on a Sunday and would catch the train back to Winnipeg at 7 a.m. Monday morning, then continue my week''s study. I don''t think I could take that kind of a schedule now. However, it did give me a chance to get to know many of the families on the charge.

Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Daly When I was ordained I remained on the Brookdale charge and lived in the manse in Brookdale. I played hockey and baseball with the Brookdale teams and coached the Pee-Wee hockey team. We won a tournament in Neepawa where there were 19 teams involved. During the winter Vi and Cliff Hoey moved into the manse from the farm and I boarded with them.

On July 12, 1952 I was married in Vancouver to Lois Dickey, a girl friend of Brandon College days and we lived in the manse. I remember the big shower held for us in the Brookdale School when we arrived back from our honeymoon. There was enough to stock the pantry shelves in the manse many times over.

In September of 1953 we left Brookdale. Claudia Marie, our first baby was with us now. We went to Edinburgh, Scotland to study for two years. We returned to Canada in 1955 and went to Cochenour, Balmertown, and McKenzie Island, a gold mining area. Bruce had been born in Edinburgh and while we were on the Chukuni charge Lome and Marlene were born. In 1962 we moved to Swan River, Man.

where Mark was born in 1963. We were there for nine years, one of which was spent in Australia on an exchange visit with a Presbyterian minister.

In 1971 we moved to Trinity Church in Thunder Bay, Ontario where we remained for eight years. In 1980 we moved to Riverview United in Calgary where we are at the present time.

Our oldest son Bruce is a doctor in Kenora, Ont. He and his wife Val have two daughters, Meghan and Rebecca. Lome and Marlene both work in Calgary and Mark is just completing his B.Sc. at the U. of C.

In 1985 we bought our own home so after 35 years of living in a manse we are now paying the bills!


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