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

Index of Pages of the Swan River Valley History Book (1998)

A
Abigail, Frederick and Eliza 1
Adamchuk, Peter and Jean 1
Adams, William and Edith 2
Alderson, John and Mary 3
Alexander, John and Clara 4
Alford, James and Euphemia 5
Allen, Jack and Floss 6
Anderson, Alexander and Agnes 7
Anderson, Odean 10
Anderson, Robert and Ruby 9
Antichow, Carl and Caroline 10
B
Baird, Edward and Francis 10
Banks, Charles and Kathleen 12
Barker, John and Eva 13
Barnfield, Wilfred and Mary 14
Barrett, Frank and Kay 14
Baskier, Clarence and Mary 15
Bass, William and Jean 16
Bateman, William and Florence 17
Beaudry, Charlie and Madeleine 19
Beaudry, Denis and Connie 20
Beaumont, Joseph and Annie 18
Bell, John and Janet 20
Belton, Jack and Olive 21
Bertram, Glenn and Ruth 24
Bertram, Robert and Mabel 22
Bertram, William and Myrtle 24
Beselt, Josef and Ida 25
Bezanson, Joe and Edith 26
Bjornson, Johann and Helga 27
Blair, Jack and Elaine 27
Blaylock, James and Isabella 29
Blazenko, Dan and Ksania 30
Booth, Wes and Amy 30
Bowers, Mildred 32
Bowles, Charles and Alice 33
Bowman, Herbert and Elise 35
Boychuk, Bill and Diane 36
Bradley, Harley and Iva 37
Brandson, Unonduer 37
Bresky, Abraham and Eva 38
Brolund, Charles and Mary 39
Brown, Henry and Emily 39
Brown, Jack and Carolle 40
Brown, Jack and Charlotte 41
Brown, James and Ethel 41
Buchanan, James and Jeanie 42
Burick, John and Totina 43


Burt, Fred and Jane 44
Burton, Alfred and Ada 45
Burton, Elmo and Helen 46
Byron, William and Bertha 48
C
Campbell, Earl and Phyllis 49
Carmichael, Dugald and Catherine 50
Caverly, Jeff and Agnes 52
Caverly, Ormand and Vida 52
Cawthra, John and Mary 53
Chabai, John and Matilda 54
Chernenkoff, Sam 55
Child, Leonard and Marian 55
Clapham, William and Sarah 56
Clarke, Jethro and Alice 57
Clarkson, Henry and Laura 59
Clarkson, Henry and Mary Anne 59
Cleavely, Richard and Annie (Stewart) 331
Clunie, Captain John and Helen 60
Cober, Peter and Louisa 61
Cocks, Gilbert and Edith 62
Cole, Edward and Lily 62
Conley, Gurry and Hester 63
Cooke, James and Olive 63
Corbett, Archie and Vera 63
Corbett, Coleman and Cora 64
Coutts, Robert and Margaret 65
Cowan, Edwin and Coral 66
Cowan, Robert and Isabella 68
Cox, Eli and Alice 69
Crichton, James and Margaret 72
Cryderman, Harold and Winnifred 74
Cryderman, Jack and Lottie 73
D
Danard, Renatus and Isabelle 75
Danielson, Art and Joan 75
Daudrich Family, John 76
Delyea Famlies 76
Demoline, John and Mary 78
Dennis Families 78
Dixon, John and Mary 79
Dixon, Oliver and Buddie 80
Dobbyn History 80
Donaldson, William and Mary 81
Dushanek, Joe and Lillian 83
Dushanek, Walter and Mary 82
Dyer, Alfred and Marion 84
Dzikowski, John and Antonia 84

Dzikowski, Paul and Jessie 85
E
Eagle, Ernest and Emily 85
Eggie, James and Margaret 86
Egilson, Halldor and Margaret 87
Eichler, Emil and Adela 89
Eisner, Adolf and Alwina 91
Eisner, Doug and Marlene 92
Eisner, Lawrence and Glenys 92
Elliott, Chief Constable 93
Embury, Adam and Maude 94
Emmond, Robert and Isabelle 95
Erickson, Elais and Karoline 99
F
Fenske, Robert and Katherine 100
Fierstine, George 101
Finnson Family 101
Fletcher, Hazel Amelia (Minish) 223
Foster, Reg and Annie (Gray) 122
Foster, Glen and Florence 102
Fothergill, Thomas and Elizabeth 103
Fraser, Alexander and Anne 103
Frazer, Richard and May 105
Fulford, Alfred and Tina 106
Fullerton, John and Mary 107
Fullerton, William and Jessie 107
G
Gabrielle, Gaston and Josephine 108
Galbraith, John and Christine 108
Ginter, Michael and Agnes 109
Glajch, Walter and Olga (Novak) 249
Glashan, George and Bertha 110
Godin, Joseph and Antionette 110
Goodman, Charles and Daisy 113
Goodman, Charles and Jeanette 111
Gorchynski, Edward and Ida 114
Gordon, John and Charlotte 116
Gosselin, James and Marguerite 116
Graham, Garfield 118
Graham, Howard and Annie 118
Gray, Albert and Marion 119
Gray, Cecil and Flora 120
Gray, Harold and Bernice 121
Gray, John Wesley and Pelma 123
Greig, Charles and Jane 124
Gulash, Vincent and Ethel 124

Gunn, David and Sarah 125
Gust, Rudolf and Emma 126
H
Hall, Walter and Mary 126
Hansen, Clifford and Agnes 130
Hanson, Abraham and Haldora 128
Hanson, Clifford and Edith 129
Harapiak, Ivon and Paraska 130
Harapiak, Wasyl (Bill) and Mary 131
Harris, Charley and Beatrice 132
Harris, Robert and Sara 133
Harvey, Albert and Elizabeth 133
Hawe, Dan and Annie 134, 323
Hawkins, John and Julie 113
Hayes, George and Ethel 135
Hayes, George and Mary Ellen 134
Henderson, Christopher and Mary 136
Henderson, George and Florence 324
Henderson, Nelson and Eunice 138
Henderson, Roy and Tabea 137
Herman, Ralph 139
Hettema, Harry and Ella 139
Hewer, Harry and Elsie 140
Higgs, Herbert and Mae 140
Hinchliffe, Victor and Ella 141
Hockaday, Wally and Edith 142
Hogg, John and Elizabeth 143
Hohn, Edward and Pauline 144
Holland, Adam and Lydia 145
Hornbeck, Hewitt and Phyllis 146
House, Fred and Winnifred 147
Hrappsted, Johannes and Abagael 148
Hrappstead, Lorne and Iris 149
Hrycyk, Lena and Harry 149
Hunter, Harry and Kate 150
I
Immerkar, Christian and Emmy 151
Ingram, Samuel and Minnie 153
J
Jackson, Frederick and Catherine 154
Jeffrey, George and Mary 155
Jersak, William and Eugenia (Novak) 245
Johnston, Frank and Annie 155
Johnston, HarryandMary 158
Johnston, WilliamandElizabeth 157
Johnston, Wilson and Muriel 156
Jones, Evan and Kathleen 159

K
Keillor, Charles and Marion 160
Keillor, Lloyd and Pearl 161
Kennedy, Doug 162
Khadekin, John and Mary 162
Kichuk, Kolenik and Euphrozinia 163
Kindrat, Wasyl and Mary 163
Kitch, George and Gussie 163
Kitchener, Thomas and Helen 164
Klatt, Gustav and Julia 164
Knox, Robert and Margaret 165
Kokot, Adolph and Lydia 165
Kolisnyk, Nicholas and Margaret 168
Kulhavy Families 169
Kushniryk, John and Annie 169
L
Lamb, Richard and Alva 170
Lambert, Jim and Adelaide 171
Lambert, John and Emma 172
Lambert, Ken and Mary 176
Lambert, Robert and Sarah 177
Lambert, Trevor and Rhoda 177
Larkin, Fred and Katie 178
Latimer, John Henry and Mary Jane 178
Lavell, George and Josephine 178
Lee, Eric and Shelagh (Peyton) 259
Lee, Thomas and Levina 179
Leshkewich, Sebastian and Katherine 179
Leslie, Carl and Shirley 182
Leslie, Robert and Vera 181
Leslie, Samuel and Matilda 182
Linklater, George and Charlotte 183
Livingston, Jay and Dorothy 184
Loat, John and Rose 185
Lokke, John and Hannah 186
Lowdon, Kathleen (Shaw) 301
Lowe, Robert and Isabel 186
Lucas, Carl and Elizabeth 187
Lumax, Peter and Annie 187
Lyons, Richard and Olivia 188
M
MacCumber, Lewis and Katherine 190
Machan, George and Martha 191
Machan, John and Jennie 192
MacLeod, John and Margaret 195
MacLeod, Robert and Catherine 194
MacLeod, William and Emily 196

Macooh, Henry and Joan 198
Macooh, John and Annie 197
Madill, Frank and Elizabeth 199
Madill, Laurence and Elizabeth 199
Makichuk, Jacob and Anna 200
Makuch, Herach and Anna 197
Malcolm, Frank 201
Malley, Sam and Agnes 203
Martin, Elijah and Lydia 203
Martin, Thomas and Margaret 204
Martindale, Nathan and Alice 204
Matychuk, John and Elizabeth 205
Matychuk, Pete and Katrina 205
Mayer, Frank and Agnes 205
Mayer, James and Myrtle 206
McClintock, Edward and Annie 207
McCullough, Archibald and Amy Louis 209
McCullough, Archibald and Sarah 207
McCullough, George and Lily 209
McCullough, Randolph and Ella 208
McIndoo, Robert and Eliza 211
McIntosh, Alexander 212
McIntosh, Edith 212
McKague, James and Cora 212
McKay, Colin John and Lena 213
McKay, D.J. (Don) and Lois 218
McKay, Mort and Margaret 214
McKay, Peter and Mary 216
McKenna, John and Ida 220
McKenzie, Glen and June 221
McLean, Lindsay and Helen (Minish) 223
Metcalfe, Richard and Isabella 221
Minish, Arnold and June 228
Minish, Elmer and Bonnie 225
Minish, Harry and Olive 222
Minish, Mervyn and Dorothy 225
Minish, Orville and Bertha 224
Minish, Roy and Edith 227
Mitchelson, John and Margaret 228
Mitchelson, Tom and Jean 229
Moore, David and Sarah 229
Morris, Frank and Lydia 230
Morrison, Dan 231
Mortimer, Horace and Arva 232
Muller, Paul and Bertha 232
Munro, Edward and Mabel 233
Murphy, Arthur and Emily 233
Mychalchuk, George and Eugenia 234
Mychalchuk, Walter and Elsie 235

N
Naylor, Jaohn and Marg 236
Neely, Jim and Vida 236
Nemetchek, John and Anna (Novak) 247
Nerbas, Jake and Bena 238
Nicholls, Fred and Maggie 238
Nickle, William and Martha 239
Nielsen, Jens and Ellen 241
Nieman, Bill and Alice 242
Nimetz, Kyrylo and Evodokia 242
Nimetz, Orest and Debra 243
Nimetz, Ronald and Carol 244
Novak, Frantisek and Maria 245
Novak, Jerry and Anna 248
Novak, Josef and Rose 250
Novak, Walter and Annie 245
Nowak, Bronislav and Francisca 250
O
Orchard, Frank and Ella 252
Ostrum, Leroy and Annie 253
P
Paddock, Josiah and Mary 253
Paterson, Archibald and May 113
Patience, Pete and Roywena 254
Patten, James and Anna 254
Paull, Ed and Matilda 256
Paull, George and Maud 255
Pearson, Aden and Edith 257
Peters, John and Kathrine 257
Peyton, Arthur and Doris 260
Peyton, Brian and Jean 262
Phillips, Walter and Margaret 263
Pickard, Dr. and Mrs. J.W. 264
Pierrepont, George and Edith 265
Pohl, Joseph and Hilda 266
Prieston, Riley and Helen 267
Prieston, William and Eula 267
Provins, George and Eppie 269
Putnam, Robert and Christina 270
Q
Quon, Dick and Hon Ho 271
R
Readman, Sydney and Hazel 273
Reich, Frank and Katherine 274
Reichert, Joseph and Caroline 275

Riddell, Stan and Ruby 275
Rivalin, Emile and Lillian (Minish) 223
Roberts, Bill and Irene 278
Rogers, Cecil and Doris 279
Rooks, William and Margaret 280
Rose, Essly and Robina 282
Rose, Fred and Mabel 282
Rose, William and Nettie 283
Ross, David and Mary 284
Rosteski, Frank and Eunice 284
Rosteski, Stan and Sophia 284
Rowe, George and Lewellyn 284
Rusk, Gordon and Agnes 285
Russell, Gordon and Hazel 285
Russell, Lewis and Alice 286
Russenholt, George and Gladys 287
Rutledge, T.I.E (Doc) and Elizabeth 288
S
Sadler, Ross and Blanche 289
Schell, George and Annie 291
Schell, Gordon and Ruby 291
Schuweiler, Nicholas and Martha 292
Scouten, Jim and Ace 294
SE 24 38 24 316
Sercombe, Frank and Gladys 295
Shadbolt, Frank and Theresa 296
Sharpe, John and Annie 296
Shaw, Bill and Mabel 303
Shaw, Bruce and Amy 301
Shaw, David and Victoria 303
Shaw, Earl and Florence 300
Shaw, Florence Aileen 8
Shaw, Frank and Michelle 302
Shaw, J.K. and Margaret 297
Shaw, John Joseph and Mary 299
Sherrer, Wilfred and Mae 304
Shiel, Stuart Grant and Agnes 305
Shiel, William and Louise 305
Sieb, Ray and Leona 295
Sifton, William and Annie 306
Sigurdson, Eggert and Sigurlaug 306
Sigurdson, Gustave and Annie 307
Sigurdson, John and Margaret 308
Sigurdson, Olie and Eileen 310
Sigurdson, Sigurdur and Sigridur 311
Silverthorn, Thomas and Ellen 312
Sims, Arthur and Ellen 312
Sims, Dick 313
Sims, Frederick George Sr. 314

Sims, Margaret 313
Sims, William and Margaret 315
Slimmon, George and Arminta 316
Slimmon, Laverne and Betty 317
Smith, Abraham and Mary 318
Smith, Alvin and Anna 318
Smith, George and Sarah 319
Somerville, James and Mary Ann 319
Spicer, Charles and Annie 321
Spitzke, Bruno and Helen 322
Stacey, Charlie and Helen 322
Staples, Richard and Elizabeth 323
Stephen, Alexander and Lily 325
Stephen, George and Muriel 326
Stesenko, William and Christina 327
Steinbusch, Gwen 324
Stevens, Henry and Marian 328
Stevenson, Allan and Anna 330
Stevenson, Earl and Agnes 331
Stewart Home 334
Stewart, Jack and Annie 332
Stratychuck, Harry and Verna 334
Strilaeff, John and Tiesa 335
Struthers, Ross and Nonie 336
T
Taillefer, Adelard and Leah 336
Taillefer, Wilfred and Frieda 336
Tall Families 337
Tapp, Elgin and Barbara 338
Taylor, Gardner and Joanne 339
Taylor, Steven and Anne 341
Taylor, William and Ethel 342
Templeton, Tom and Margaret 343
Tennison, George and Agnes 343
Ter Horst, Hubert and Ruth 346
Ter Horst, Johannes and Grietje 344
Ter Horst, Joseph and Laura 345
Ter Horst, Richard and Elspeth 345
Thomas, Frederick and Doris 346
Thomas, William and Pheobe 346
Thompson, Don and Shirley 346
Thompson, John and Alice 347
Thomson, Thardur and Jennie (Somson) 349
Tibble, Jane and Henry 349
Treasure, Kenneth and Marian 350
Tulman, Julias and Adina 351
Twilley Families 353
Twilley, Fred and Edith 353

U
Utting, Arthur and Catherine 355
Utting, Charles and Elizabeth 354
V
Vansickle, Alex and Agnes 356
Veregin, Nikoli and Tatyana 356
Veregin, William (Bill) and Anne 357
Vessey, Charles and Gladys 358
Vestby, Marvin and Joan 359
Vetters, Martin and Amelia 360
Vondracek, Emil and Amalia 360
Vopni, Dorie and Helen 361
Vopni, Walter and Nellie 362

W
Walker, John and Emily (Sifton) 306
Walker, John C. (Jack) and Dawn 364
Watson, Arthur and Beatrice 367
Watson, James and Jane 365
Wenstob, Murray and Joy 368
Wescott, James and Maria 370
Wesner, Adolf (Ed) 369
West, Norman and Jessie 370
Wilkie, John and Mary 371
Willumsen, Soren 371
Wood, Beth (Hanna) 371
Woodley, George and Vivian 373
Woodley, Minnie Kate 372
Wowchuk, Jakym and Julia 373
Wowchuk, John and Mary 374
Wowchuk, William and Jean 373
Wright, Neil and Minnie 374
Wyatt, Norman and Reta 375
Y
Yeo, Samuel and Emily 376
Young, Robert Listie and Ellen Carlotta 378
Z
Zell, Fred and Jane 379

Maps of the Swan River Valley 381
Towns of the Swan River Valley 382
Schools 383
Post Offices 384
Armed Forces 400
Supreme Sacrifice 400
On Active Duty 402
Abbreviations 417
The Fortunes of War 418
Churches 423
Churches of the Valley 423
Anglican Churches 424
St. Aldhelm’s Anglican Parish 424
St. Paul’s Anglican Church - Bowsman 425
St. Francis - Anglican Church 426
St. Peter’s Anglican Church 428
St. Margaret’s Anglican Church 430
St. James Anglican Church 432
Baptist Church 434
Little Woody Baptist Church 434
Catholic Churches 436
St. Columba Roman Catholic Church and Missions 436
Knights of Columbus 439
Community Bible Fellowship 439
Emmanuel Fellowship 440
Living Word Bible College 440
Lutheran Church 441
Trinity Lutheran Church 441
Orthodox Churches 442
St. Lawrentius Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church 442
Ukrainian Orthodox Church 443
St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church 443
Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Durban) 443
Ukrainian Orthodox Church (S.R.) 444
United Churches 445
Benito/Kenville United Churches 445
Birch River United Church 446
Bowsman United Church 447
Durban United Church 448
History of the Methodist, Presbyterian and United Churces 449
Swan River United Church 450
Paull’s Funeral Home 452

Cemeteries of the Valley 454
History of Minitonas Cemetery 455
Riverside Cemetery 455
Comments on the Weather of 1998 455
Districts 456
The Spur 456
Harlington and Thunder Hill Districts 457
Lalecheur School 1962 461
Lenswood 461
Birch River Project 461
Education 463
Schools of the Valley 463
Rural School Days 466
Present Day Education 468
Ethnic Groups 470
Chinese Immigrants 470
Chinese in the Swan River Valley - a Retrospective 472
Czech Immigrants of The Swan Valley 472
Doukhobor 479
Icelandic Settlement 481
Friends Forever 482
Vietnamese Refugees 482
Farming 483
Poster C. (circa) 1880 483
Farm Power 484
Marketing 488
Lenswood PFRA Pasture 491
PMU in the Valley 492
Women’s Work Through the Years 494
Fishing and Forestry 497
Ashdown-Bossons 497
Fishing on Swan Lake 498
Spruce Products Limited 498
TA Burrows Lumber Camp 499
Trapping 502
Health Care 503
History of Health Care in the Benito Area 503
The Birch River Hospital 505
100 Years of Health Care in the Valley 506
Druggists of Swan River since 1899 507
Hospital Foundation 508

History of the Swan Valley Crisis Centre 508
Manitoba Society of Seniors Inc. 509
Swan River and District Resource Council 510
Music and Poetry 511
Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival 511
Frances Baird Honoured by Provincial Festival Association 512
Bands in Swan River Valley 512
Swan Valley Community Band 513
Valley Bands 514
Golden Agers Show and Choir 516
Silver String 516
Poetry of the Valley 517
Harry Minish History 517
Vegetable Garden 518
Memories 519
Camp Five Notables 520
The Aging Letter Writer 521
The Good Old Days 522
Poem - Manitoba 522
Organizations 522
The Kinsmen Club of Swan River/The Kinette Club of Swan River 522
The Ladies Orange Benevolent Association #445 523
Branch 39 Royal Canaian Legion 523
Legion Ladies 525
History of the Rebekah Lodge 526
Swan River Rotary Club History 526
Swam Valley Historical Society 527
The Swan Valley Museum 528
Crestview Women’s Institute 530
Big Woody Women’s Institute 530
Lenswood Women’s Institute 532
Lidstone’s Women’s Institute 532
Swan Valley Women’s Institute 533
Politics 535
Roaring River Women’s Suffrage Association 535
Votes for Women!! 535
RM of Minitonas 535
The Rural Municipality of Mountain 537

RM of Mountain 538
RM of Swan River 540
Village of Minitonas 542
Town of Swan River 543
Members of the Legislative Assembly, Swan River 546
Golden Boys of the Manitoba Legislature 546
MP Federal Government Representatives 549
Services 551
Corner Store 551
Credit Unions of the Valley 551
National Utilities 553
Manitoba Power Commission 554
Manitoba Hydro 555
Hydro History 556
North-West Regional Library 557
Swan River Friendship Centre History 558
Water Works 559
Swan Valley Clay Products 559
Swan Valley Consumers’ Co-op 560
Swan River Telephone Exchange 564
Veterinary Services 566
Sports 567
Baseball 567
Southpaw Star Honoured 567
Curling 568
Avonlea Curling History 568
Benito Curling History 569
Birch River Curling History 569
Bowsman Curling History 570
Bowsman Ladies Curling History 570
Cowan Curling Club History 571
Durban Curling History 571
Kenville Curling History 572
Mafeking Curling History 572
Minitonas Curling History 572
Swan River Curling History 573
Golf 574
The Swan River Golf and Country Club 574
Trapshooting 575
Minish Makes Mark at Trapshooting 575
Transportation 576

Town Names of the Swan River Valley 576
Map - Railway Construction 577
Cowan and the Cowan Trail 578
Map - Cowan Trail 579
The Cowan Trail - 1943 580
Transportation 580
The Golden Golden Jubilee - 1948 581
Centennial - 1998 585
Malanka Honors Pioneers 585
Swan Valley Forest Capital of Canada 1998 585
Lenswood Celebrates Valley Centennial 586
Centennial ‘Spiel a Success 587
Loggers and Haulers Hold End-of-Season Celebration 588
Floor Curling Tournament a Success 589
Happy 90th Birthday Town of Swan River 589
Centennial Farm Recognition 590
Centennial Families 591
Centennial Folk Fest 594
Swan Valley Foresty Exhibition Live Action Demo 596
Benito Centennial Celebration 598
Historical Society Centennial Writing Contest Winners 600
Treaty Days Celebrate Past and Present 602
Aboriginal Days 603
An Adventure Outdoors (Centennial Mural and Print) 603
Centennial Trail Ride 603
Pioneer Days 605
Old Time Box Social 605
Picnic in the Park 606
Minitonas Centennial 608
Football Reunion 609
Swan Valley School Band Reunion 610
Northwest Roundup & Exhibition 611
Cowan Trail Celebration 614
Canada Senior Games 615
Harvest Festival 616
Birch River Centennial Celebration 618
Festival of Praise 617
Festival of Trees 618
Centennial Committee and Forest Capital Windup Function 618

 

 

 

 

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.