of the Swan River Valley
100 Years in the
Swan River Valley
1898 - 1998
William and Jean Bass
William (Bill) was born in Waterhen in 1911. He married Jean Gaudry in Toutes Aides, Manitoba on Nov. 9 of 1933.
Bill and his family moved to the Old Fort District of Birch River in 1940, and started Ranching and Trapping.
Bill and Jean had five sons and three daughters. In order from oldest to youngest, their names are Glen, Leonard, Ken, Darlene, Dorothy, Doreen, Gordon and Garry.
Glen married Esther and started a family which consisted of one son and three daughters. Their son, Dave, married Ginger. Their daughter Debbie married Gareth Scott. Glenda married Terry Smith, and Karen married Walter Moore.
Their second eldest, Leonard, also known as “Bud”, never married.
Ken has four daughters. Their names are Rhonda, Beckey, Terri, and Wendy.
Gordon married Joss and had two daughters, Shannon and Colleen.
Garry and wife, Lynn, had two daughters named Tammy and Jayme. Later on, they had one son, Wayne.
Darlene had three daughters, Wanda, Audrey, Sherri and one son, Hank.
Dorothy married Robert. They had one daughter and one son. Their names were Brenda and Doug.
Doreen and her husband Wally had three sons as well as one daughter. Their sons’ names were Ken, Keith, Karson and their daughter’s name was Klrice.
Bill retired in 1975 and passed away in 1980. Bill’s wife, Jean passed away in 1989.
Submitted by: Dorothy Johnston
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.