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

Robert and Ruby Anderson

Robert Alexander Anderson was born on June 27th, 1926 the first of two sons to Alexander Bruce Anderson and Ina Puris (Watson) on the farm NW 23-35-27 W1 which was homesteaded by his grandfather Alexander Anderson who came to the Swan River Valley in 1898.

Robert took his schooling in the Shaw School District and also the Swan River Collegiate. He farmed with his father and brother and raised Aberdeen Angus Cattle. On October 28, 1948 he married Ruby Florence Mortimer from Kenville and they lived across the road on NE 22-35-27 where they raised two sons, Randall Bruce born June 11, 1950 and Brian Robert born October 15, 1952. Randy and Brian attended Shaw School until 1962 when the school closed and the children were bused into school in Swan River.

Randy went to Winnipeg to work when he finished Grade 12 and August 29, 1970 he married Dianna Lynne Martin from Minitonas. They raised two daughters, Pamela Dawn born February 26, 1972 and Shannon Lee born June 11, 1973. Randy attended the University of Manitoba in 1974 and received his Bachelor of Commerce Honors Degree. They moved to Calgary, AB and worked with oil companies. In January 1990, they moved to Oklahoma City USA. In 1994 Randy and Dianne moved to Beijing, China and spent two years working for the oil company. They returned to Oklahoma in 1997 and moved from there to Gaylord, Michigan. Pam remains in their home in Oklahoma City but Shannon, who was married October 12, 1996 to Travis VanNoy, now lives in Dallas, Texas. Shannon and Travis are both accountants like Shannon’s dad.

Brian Anderson attended the University of Manitoba and received his Diploma in Agriculture to return to the farm where he bought his own land and resides on SW 23-35-27. He married Dianne Lorraine Knispel on November 15, 1975. They raised two children, Brent Alexander, who was born on May 5, 1978 and Melissa Deanna born January 28, 1980. Brent finished his Grade 12 and is presently employed in Swan River. Melissa is in Grade 12. Brian turned 5 acres of his sandy land into a U-pick Saskatoon Farm and the family works together through the summer towards a successful operation.

On October 23, 1993 Robert Alexander Anderson passed away with Pancreatic Cancer. Ruby continues to live on the farm NW 22-35-27.

Submitted by: Ruby Anderson


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.