Major Update

To keep my genealogy blog a bit easier to manage, I have now moved all of my work related to Marion Harland’s School for Housewives onto another blog.

All posts, comments, links related to the series have been imported onto the new site and removed from this one.

This should make reading Today in the Dauphin Herald and my other family posts a bit easier to search.

Mossey River Honour Roll Update

The following names have been added to the Mossey River Honour Roll:

  • James Gorden Hill, Ethelbert,
  • John Ross Hill, Ethelbert,
  • Leslie Lintick, Sifton,
  • Sturlaugur Louie Crawford, Winnipegosis,
  • John Henry Denby, Winnipegosis,
  • Charles Seaton Marcroft, Winnipegosis,
  • Arthur Simpson Martin, Winnipegosis,
  • George Elmer Martin, Winnipegosis,
  • Donald Sanderson, Winnipegosis,
  • Thomas Saunders, Winnipegosis.

The stats are as follows:

WWI Honour Roll Stats
Community Old Number New Number
Ethelbert 9 11
Fishing River 1 1
Fork River 32 32
Oak Brae 1 1
Sifton 29 30
Waterhen 2 2
Winnipegosis 109 116
Valley River 5 5

I’ve continued to do research on the 8 individuals from surrounding areas but have not had much luck. I believe I’ve located Cornelius Wiebe and family living in Winnipegosis but Cornelius was much too old to have served and it does not look like his sons served either. I may have also found Pat Klines living in Winnipegosis with his family but haven’t had any luck locating papers for either man.

I have additional research done for WWII records but because of privacy and access laws it makes it more difficult to find and identify those who served. In the near future I will go in and make the necessary changes to the current list.

Update and Travel

It has been a very busy few weeks at my job and so I haven’t had much time to devote to my blog recently.

In order to let off some steam I decided to take a trip up north to Mowat to stay at the family farm.

My primary goal during this trip is an attempt to find my grand uncle’s grave and get a photograph of his headstone.

Anton Masiowski was born to my great-grandparents John Masiowski and Anastasia Kotlarchuk on Oct 10, 1906. He was their second born child in Canada. Anton was described as a sickly child and died on Oct 11, 1925 at the tender age of 19. I have it in my mind that he drowned in the river however I might be mixing up the cause of death with someone else.

I dug up somewhere, my memory alludes me exactly where from, that Anton was buried north of North Lake School No. 1431 (NW-11-29-18-W1), at SW-14-29-18-W1. I always thought he was buried by his lonesome, however recent research would indicate that his grave is likely in the Fork River Roman Catholic Cemetery. In all honestly I’m not sure why they named it after ‘Fork River’ as the cemetery’s location is actually closer to Oak Brae but I suppose Oak Brae might have already established a Roman Catholic cemetery.

Previously, I was under the belief that the Fork River Roman Catholic Cemetery was located across the river of the Fork River Cemetery, just before Fork River on Route 20, as this is where a number of my family members are buried who were Roman Catholics. I stand corrected. I suppose this is simply the burial spot for Roman Catholics within the Fork River Cemetery at SW-25-29-19-W1.

Now that I’ve hopefully located the correct coordinates of the Fork River Roman Catholic Cemetery I will be able to take photographs of not just Anton’s grave but of other family members who were buried there as well.

My only concern is whether vandals or time might have destroyed the graves at this cemetery such as what occurred at the Fork River Cemetery. I have better hopes as it’s on a quieter roadway and is away from the river where it’s less likely to flood or be damaged by ice.


My series on Marion Harland’s School for Housewives is working out fairly well. No bumps or issues so far though I am now debating whether I should include the names of the articles also published on the same page.

I have also completed Today in the Dauphin Herald years 1911-1912, these have been back dated and can be found under THE DAUPHIN HERALD > 1910-1919, in the header above. I will be working on the years 1913 and 1914 although I have already nearly completed 1914.


I’m well on my way to typing out the 1902-1905 articles I have of Marion Harland’s School for Housewives. I hope to have them put up weekly following the days that they were originally published in newspapers over 100 years ago. A number of these early articles are actually drawings with very little text to them. It has made me rethink how I should go about typing her column as I might add some of the pictures that were originally included in the paper article. I didn’t want to upload the whole newspaper page itself as Marion had other articles occupying the same page such as recipes and an advise column. Furthermore, an image of the newspaper page itself is not searchable for keywords although if someone would like a copy of the article I am more than willing to send it by email.

I have completed all the Today in the Dauphin Herald articles for 1910! These can be accessed under The Dauphin Herald and 1910-1919 list. If you are looking for a particular name or event you can also try the search function or tag cloud. I have tagged family names, cities/villages, illnesses (by illness, sickness, name of illness), as well as accidents, deaths, and Mossey River Council minutes. If there are other tags that you wish to be added to the list please drop me a line. I am now working on 1911 and 1912, however I had problems with these when I was in the Manitoba archives and the collection I have is incomplete. I have access to the Dauphin Herald from website though going through to find each column takes a long time on their system and the search function is hit and miss.

As you may be aware Library and Archives Canada has been digitizing the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) records of veterans from the first world war. This is a wonderful project as it provides so much more information than the attestation records by themselves. The completion of this project is still some time away (1916) but as of Feb 17, 2015, there are 125,954 of 640,000 files are available online via our Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database.

Go check it out!

My present job has provided me an opportunity to visit Ottawa at the end of May and since I am going to be there for a short while I am thinking of visiting LAC to obtain the CEF files of a number of the Mowat and possibly Mossey River veterans. I am going to call the archives and see the feasibility of getting these records.


It has been several months since my last post.

Presently I have been working on creating a more concrete list of Marion Harland’s weekly column entitled “School for Housewives.” I have collected approximately 313 different articles published between 1902 and 1911 from various newspapers across Canada and the United States.

Considering there are 52 weeks in a year and the articles seem to have been published once a week over a 10 year period I should need to collect a total of 520 articles. This means I may still be missing 207 articles as I have not found a continuous publication of her column within newspapers to browse online.

Year Number of Articles Collected
1902 18
1903 31
1904 43
1905 38
1906 19
1907 39
1908 33
1909 27
1910 46
1911 5

I am hoping to post more regularly on these articles in the coming year on top of more regular blog posts including in the Dauphin Herald.

Thanksgiving baking, some delicious recipes…

I enjoy baking more than I enjoy cooking a main meal and this year I decided to make a few goodies for Thanksgiving this Monday. This lead me to one of the books I have in my collection, The R.M. of Mossey River Homecoming Cookbook 1996, that my family purchased while at the reunion.

One of the memories that sticks out during this reunion is helping my grandmother, Pauline Johnston, serve ice-cream. While I don’t enjoy eating Tiger, Tiger it stands out as one of the most pleasant memories I have with my grandmother. I also remember during one presentation during the festivities that a coordinator read a letter from my great-aunt, Ruth Galbraith, who was unable to attend but wanted to send well wishes as she taught at a number of schools in the area including Mowat.

R.M. of Mossey River Homecoming Cookbook 1996
The publication of the cookbook was in honour of the celebration of he Homecoming of the R.M. of Mossey River held on July 19, 1996.Special thanks to all those who contributed their treasured recipes for our cookbook. The response was overwhelming, we had received almost 1600 recipes.Unfortunately we were not able to print all the recipes. Please accept our apologies for those recipes that space did not permit us to include and also any errors and/or omissions.As you read these recipes in this cookbook, we hope that it will become a cherished memento of an old school friend, an old acquaintance or neighbour, and that it will continue to be read by generations to come.Cookbook committee:
Emily Pylypchuk – Co-ordinator
Marlene Hafenbrak
Kathy McGill
Phyllis Momotiuk
Stella Monchka
Angela Pylypchuk

A special thank-you to Kathy McGill for the beautiful artwork on the cover and divider pages, also to Evelyn Remple of D&E Computer Services for helping us to set up the artwork and lettering. Thanks to Michelle Monchka for helping with the typing.

Many thanks to those who have supported us to make this cookbook a success.

This cookbook has been sponsored by the Fork River Community Hall.

RICE KRISPIE SQUARES April Mrozowich (Natrasony)
Darren – Fork River School
1/4 cup margarine 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups miniature marshmallows
or 40 regular, cut in half
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
In a large saucepan over low heat, melt margarine. Add marshmallows, stirring until melted and well blended. Remove from heat, then stir in vanilla. Add, Rice Krispies, stirring until well coated. With a lightly buttered spatula, press into a buttered 9×13 inch pan.
** For a festive look drizzle with melted chocolate or sprinkle with cake sprinkles.

Very easy recipe but tasty none-the-less.

CARROT SPICE CAKE Freda Brown (Benson) – Odda School
In a bowl beat 4 large eggs with 2 cups of white sugar until light. Beat in 1-1/4 cups of vegetable oil, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour sifted again with 2 teaspoons each of cinnamon and baking soda, and a pinch salt. Stir in 3 cups loosely packed grated carrots (1/2 pound). Add 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts and teaspoon vanilla. Transfer to well buttered and floured 9×19 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F, for 35 to 45 minutes.
8 ounce pkg. cream cheese 2 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream icing ingredients together.

The carrot cake seemed a little dry by itself but when paired with icing it was a nice combination.

The recipe below is a family favourite. Whenever the grand-kids or great grand-kids went to visit grandma at the farm she would bake each child a whole ice-cream pail full of kiffles. These have a nice cinnamon sugar taste and are good on their own or with a little ice-cream or hot chocolate.

KIFFLES Pauline Masiowski
1 tablespoon yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar 3 cups floor
1 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup water or milk
2 eggs
Soak first 3 ingredients; meanwhile mix as for pie crust the remaining ingredients, adding yeast mixture, knead until soft and place in fridge over night. In the morning divide dough into 4 or 5 pieces. Roll as for pie in sugar and cinnamon mixture (1 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon). Cut into wedges of 8 per piece and roll from wide end to middle. Bake in over at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden brown.


I’ve been working on a new post that is still not finished yet but in the meantime I’ve added a number of names to the Mossey River Honour Roll.

I’ve collected these names from the Dauphin Herald under an article entitled “Dauphin Men in Arms”. It is by no means a complete list, however I hope to update it with more information including date of birth, date of death, and service number.

I will be adding posts on these soldiers including the causality list.


It’s been rather quiet lately on my blog. I’ve been busy with life mostly, however I have added a new page under Mowat Pioneers.

The Mossey River Honour Roll is a collection of names of settlers who fought in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War that I’ve gathered from Memoirs “From The Past”, CEF Attestation Records, the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, the Dauphin Herald, and the Winnipeg Free Press.

It is by no means a complete list, however I hope to update it with more information including date of birth, date of death, and service number.

Jan 2014 Update

I just wanted to let my readers know what’s been going these past few weeks into Jan 2014.

Right now I’m backdating ‘Today in the Dauphin Herald’ for the 1910s for 2013. It seemed to make more sense if I did it that way than continue to update it into the new year just yet. I will post Nov articles and then move to Aug, Jul, Jun etc until I’ve completed the year.

I’ve got myself a day job so I haven’t been able to get to the Archives downtown to go through the microfilm rolls between 1924-1929 to get started on the 1920s. An annoyance I have is that the typeface has changed for the Herald making it difficult to spot communities names as they are now the same size as the regular text. This is compounded by the fact that I have to hold my head at a 90 degree angle to view the microfilm reel. This makes it difficult to get as much information as I can copied with any real speed. I don’t doubt that I’ve missed an interested related article or two simply because everything blends together unless I’m scanning the page inch by inch. After that I still have the 1930s and 1940s which I am really excited to post as it has more relation to my family history.

I’m also trying to post a few transcript copies of Mowat school attendance records from 1916-1944. I’ve been having some trouble find records past 1944 due to either them being lost or misplaced within the microfilm reel. Records from before 1916 seem to have also been lost or destroyed.

I’ve been trying to plan out future 52 Ancestors posts and there are a number of them I’ve written and are ready to go. There is going to be a heavy disproportion of paternal ancestors than maternal ones but I will get to the reason why in future writing.

Finally, a project that I’ve been working on for quite some time is a more flushed out version of Pioneers of the Mowat School District, No. 1232, 1904 – 1968. This booklet was published in 1988 by the Mowat School District Heritage Committee (Joe and Kay Robertson, Pauline Johnston, Earl and Ailie Gower, Mary Miller, Ernie and Viola Johnston, Beatrice Dewbury, John Zabiaka, and Laverne Carriere). In 1999 a large book, Memoirs “From the Past”: Rural Municipality of Mossey River, was published after the 1996 reunion. Using the Internet and better access to sources such as census records, land grants, newspapers and archives records I would like to create another Mowat centered booklet full of more information. I’ve already recreated a more accurate map of the Mowat district with a list of pioneers on the Mowat Pioneers page. I want to develop this more in the coming year.


I am a amateur genealogist from Canada who is interested in exploring my ancestry from Manitoba and beyond. I will use this blog to document genealogical finds in newspapers and other sources as well as other interesting tidbits surrounding my family and others from the surrounding area.

Names: Allary, Basham, Ellis, Galbraith, Goodson, Holt, Johnston, Kotlarchuk, Masiowski, Moxam, Munro, Pascal, Pelletier, Reader, Ritchie, Storrar, White

Canada, Manitoba. Dauphin, Municipality of Mossey River (Fork River, Winnipegosis)
Canada, Ontario. Renfrew North (Forresters Falls, Ross, Westmeath)
Canada, Québec. Montréal, Ottawa (Hull)

England, London. Hackney

Ukraine (Galicia). Borshiv, Ternopil (Tsyhany)

It’s been almost a year since my first blog post in July 2012. Life has been busy with my criminology Masters studies in Amsterdam but I am going to give blogging another go. Specifically, I have changed the blog name to ‘From Mowat and Beyond’ to reflect where I started my genealogy research. The Mowat School District, No. 1232, from the municipality of Mossey River, Manitoba. I am also going to be using the GeneaBloggers Daily Blogging Prompts to help keep me working on these projects.

Pioneer Quest

A tv show has recently come to mind as I’ve started working on my board game. It’s called Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West. I remember watching this show when it first aired in 2000-2001 on the History Channel.

While it has been some time since I watched the series I remember one scene in particular. During the winter Frank decided to start making his wife, Alana, some moccasins as cabin fever was hitting him hard.

Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West is the documentary history of two modern couples, Tim and Deanna and Frank and Alana, who spent a year authentically experiencing a Manitoba pioneer homesteader’s way of life. Unless the producers had a time machine capable of transporting the modern pioneers back to Manitoba in the 1870s, it is quite inconceivable that a more realistic portrayal of homesteading life in Canada’s western prairies could have been created.

Stewart, Ian. (2002). Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West. CM Magazine. 8(20).

I think I will purchase a copy of the DVDs which run $120 on the Treadway’s website.

There are several other shows created in the same respect as Pioneer Quest done by the same producer, Jamie Brown. There is Quest for the Bay (2002) which follows a group of 8 who attempt to travel by York boat from Winnipeg to an old trading post in Hudson Bay, Klondike: The Quest for Gold (2003) which follows a group of five who retrace the historic route taken during the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush, and Quest for the Sea (2004) which follows 2 families as they return to the way of life, circa 1937, in a remote fishing village in Newfoundland.

Quest for the Bay (2002)

Klondike: The Quest for Gold (2003)

Quest for the Sea (2004)

On a more comedic note it also reminds me of a Simpsons (Helter Shelter – S14E05) episode where they participate in a reality tv show where they return to living as if it were 1895.

Genealogy Board Game P1

After reading about the genealogy board game at Olive Tree Genealogy I decided to attempt to make one of my own. While the amount of genealogical research I’ve completed it not as extensive as her own I think could still make a pretty good go at it.

Based on the steps found here:

Genealogy Board Game P1, Genealogy Board Game P2, Genealogy Board Game P3, Genealogy Board Game P4

Once I’ve created a board, cards, etc. to my liking and have tested it out I will be using to create a more permanent game board.

On top of this I think I will also include some elements of the game of life such as jobs and LIFE tokens where the money collected during the game will be used to purchase a home.