of the Swan River Valley
100 Years in the
Swan River Valley
1898 - 1998
Clarence and Mary Baskier
Edward Baskier was born in Adelaide, ON in 1880 and came west to the Napinka area with his parents and other family members in 1889. He married Maude Hart in 1901. Seemingly discontented with prospects for farming in that part of the country, he decided to look farther afield, moving to Swan River in 1925.
Maude and Ed settled in the Lidstone School District and rented NW 20-35-26W from a real estate/insurance company. The land had originally been homestead by a family named Davidson. Ed never actually owned this land, but it was later purchased by their son, Clarence.
At the time the Baskiers moved to the Swan River Valley, their family was complete with seven children. Their two oldest sons, Elmer and Melvin decided to stayin the Medora area to work for farmers in that district. They came north to help with the farm at one point but due to disabilities caused by polio, found that farming was too rigorous an occupation for them. Elmer moved to Winnipeg in 1943 and eventually opened his own business. He married Elizabeth Rodgers, a nurse. They had no family. Elmer passed away suddenly in 1964 of a heart attack.
Melvin also gravitated toward the city though finally in 1941 went to Bagot to take over a service station on the Trans-Canada highway. He married a teacher, Marjorie Graham of Rapid City. They sold their business in 1959 and retired to Portage la Prairie. They did not have a family. Mel and Marge died within three months of each other in 1987.
The third son, Ernest, was called to the ministry. He attended United College in Winnipeg and the University of Western Ontario and enjoyed a long career in the United Church of Canada serving churches in Manitoba and Ontario. He and his wife Gertrude Tackabury, R.N. of London, ON had two chosen daughters, Elinor and Madeleine. Ernie died in 1989, Gertrude resides in Winnipeg near her grandchildren, Ben, Allison and Amanda.
Clarence was thirteen years of age when his parents moved to Lidstone. After leaving school, he worked for various farmers in the area. In 1939 he married Mary Clarkson. His father suffered a fatal heart attack during harvest of that year and Clarence took over running the family farm.
Leila and Helen Baskier both attended Lidstone school. Leila married Arthur Fairbaine and lived in Winnipeg. They had one daughter, Gail who was married to Max Ludwig and had three children, Leah, David and Robert. Leila died in 1982. Helen worked in Flin Flon until marriage to James Shea. For many years they lived in Thunder Bay, ON. They had three children, Ethel Mae, George and Melvin.
The youngest child, Lloyd was five when the family moved. He got his education at Lidstone. He joined the armed forces and served overseas from 1942-44. He married Mary Grey and operated a trucking business in Portage la Prairie until he was killed in a car accident in 1960. They had three children, Brenda, Terry, and Perry.
Clarence and Mary residing on the home farm raised five children. Roberta received her education at Lidstone School and some high school by correspondence, earning a BA from Brandon University at a later date. She married Walter Lausman in 1954. They had five children: Donald who has two children, Ben and Jocelyne; Kathleen; Sharon (Lawrence McFarlane) who has two daughters Deanna and Brie; Valeria (David Burgess) who has three sons, Ryan, Michael and Blair; and Ronald. Walter and Roberta were divorced in 1975 and in 1977 she married Murray Kempthorne of Boissevain, MB.
Edward Baskier left the valley to attend the University of Manitoba, graduating with a degree in agriculture. Ed has enjoyed a career in finance, retiring from the Toronto-Dominion Bank in 1996 to live in Winnipeg. He married Marilyn Brown from Minitonas. They have three children: Jaqueline (who also has three children: Arlo, Zorya and Annachie); Barbara and Eldon who live in Toronto.
Olive Baskier, upon graduating from Minitonas High School attended teachers college and later earned a BA from Brandon University. She began her career teaching at Lady Hubble School, briefly taught in Swan River and Birch River, devoting the last thirty years to Minitonas School. She is looking forward to retirement in 1998. She married Brain Dawson of Bowsman. They have two children, Deborah and Christopher. Deb is married to Chris Dunn.
Ken Baskier worked for a time in Alberta laying oil pipelines after leaving school. His first love was always farming and after working in partnership with his father for a few years, he bought the home farm and began a hog operation. Ken married Jean Olfrey from Bowsman, a teacher. They have three chosen children: Clinton, Sean, and Tamzen.
Marilyn Baskier took her high school in Minitonas and then attended a commercial college in Winnipeg. Until her marriage to Lloyd Dyck she worked for Manitoba Hydro at the Winnipeg office. She and Lloyd live at Ile des Chenes and have two children, Wanda who is currently attending University of Winnipeg and Bradley still in high school.
Submitted by: Mary Baskier
Manitoba's Swan River Valley is an area rich in history. These family histories were a part of the 1998 Pioneer Centennial History Book project. If you would like the history of your area available online, have your historic group contact the Key Rock Group for information on electronic publication. We offer publication free of charge and also provide the option for making your history book available on CD.