Family Histories
of the Swan River Valley
Manitoba, Canada
Pioneer Centennial
History Book
100 Years in the
Swan River Valley
1898 - 1998

Glenn and Ruth Bertram

Glenn Dix Bertram, born in 1916 is the second son of Robert & Mabel Bertram whose family history is recorded in “Tent Town” - a history of Minitonas and district. Glenn’s father Robert bought and settled on the SE 23-35-26 on February 1906. Robert and his wife Mabel (Dix) farmed and raised six children. Glenn was born on the home farm and farmed there and on adjoining land until he retired in 1976.

On October 10, 1941 he married Ruth Petersen of Swan River. They were blessed with seven children - four boys and three girls.
Glenys - married Lawrence Eisner and lives at Minitonas. They have four sons: Clinton (married Lisa - daughter Taylor) Chris, Chad, and Ryan.
Robert, who lost his life in 1968 in an accident at a garage where he was working.

Sherry - married John Kelbert, lives in the Bowsman area and nurses at Swan Valley Hospital. They have two daughters and one son - Tara, Janelle, and Derek.
Heather lives in Swan River.

Donald - married Debbie Kolisnyk - lives on the home farm south of Minitonas and works as a custodian at Swan Valley Regional School. They have two sons and one daughter - Brent, Terry, and Ashley.

Dale - married Johnna Blair and lives in Thompson where he is a contractor. They have a daughter and a son - Samantha and Jesse.
David - married Valerie Kustiak - lives near Minitonas, works at Louisiana Pacific and does taxidermy on his days off. They have a daughter and son - Victoria and Jonathon.

In 1955 Glenn achieved a long time ambition to own and operate a sawmill. From 1955 - 1968 he cut lumber in the Duck Mountain. From 1959 - 1976 he served as Councillor for the R.M. of Minitonas. The winter of 1976 - 1977 he worked on road construction connecting #10 North and Easterville. In the fall of 1977 he again ran for councillor and served until 1989.

Glenn was a trustee in Ravensworth S.D. for years until larger school areas were organized. Glenn and Ruth were founding parents of the Association for Community Living in 1961, because their daughter Heather needed special services. Ruth was co-ordinator for Home Care in the Swan River Valley for eighteen years and co-ordinator for Continuing Education for two years. She too has done much volunteer work, Glenn and Ruth have worked long and hard for Community Living, and are still very active on the Board.

Glenn is a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge and is still active. He has enjoyed doing many volunteer jobs. He gave many hours to the United Church Camp at Wellman Lake, worked long and hard at the Minitonas Arena and is still supervising summer work at the Minitonas Cemetary. Glenn is a very community minded person and would give a helping hand to anyone who asked. He has always enjoyed people and would talk to a friend for hours or bring them in for coffee. Anyone just driving past the door would be waved down, asked why they were there and given a cup of coffee. The best fun Glenn could ever have was playing a joke on someone and there are many people, old and young, who have had practical jokes played on them.

When Glenn retired from active farming in 1976 he worked in Minitonas at the Poole Elevator for three years. With full retirement Glenn and Ruth sold their home and now live in a suite of rooms in their son David’s home.

Glenn and Ruth are very proud to have been a part of this valley for so many years, proud of their family and glad that they could contribute wherever possible.

Submitted by: Glenys Eisner


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.