of the Swan River Valley
100 Years in the
Swan River Valley
1898 - 1998
Jack and Carolle Brown
Jack, Carolle and three sons, Trevor, David, and Trenton, moved to Swan River from Shaunavon, SK. in May of 1972. Jack was employed as the Credit Union General Manager until he and his partner, Murray Parsons bought Northern Dry Cleaners. Jack became sole owner shortly before his untimely passing in October of 1984.
Jack’s main interest outside of his work and family, was fastball. For years he pitched for local teams, helping them earn provincial titles, and winning many tournaments. Besides participating as a team member, Jack coached minor fastball as well. The province honoured him with the Bill Sadonick Coach Award for Manitoba in 1984. The family appreciated this prestigious award, presented to teammate Gord Zamzow on Jack’s behalf, on the eve of Jack’s passing due to lung cancer.
Jack and Carolle’s three sons took part in all sports in the Valley, and in the Band programs. Trevor will never forget two trips to Europe with the Swan Valley School Band, David excelled in curling and golfing, Trenton in his hockey. Trevor, CA, married Karen Burns and they reside in Winnipeg. Trevor has three children. David, RCMP, married Charlene Zinkeiw, daughter of Walter and Myrna Zinkiew of Durban-Swan River, one son, and they reside in BC. Trenton, Financial Counsellor for Family Services, married Helen Seiler and they now live in Surrey, BC.
Carolle taught Primary Grades at Heyes School for twenty years, and presently resides, retired, in Swan River with her second husband, Gordon Cowan.
The town of Swan River, with Financial support from Jack’s friends and family, under direction of former teammates, named the main fastball diamond, “The Jack Brown Memorial Field”. In 1997 a sign matching the Legion Park sign was erected in honour of a man who brought fastball, pitching skill, always displaying good sportsmanship to the youth, young men, and sports fans of the Valley.
Submitted by: Carolle Cowan
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.