Update to Mossey River Honour Roll

It’s been a while since I last updated the Mossey River Honour Roll in 2016.

With the passing of the hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day, I decided to make a big push to find and link all of the soldiers from the districts of:

  • Fishing River,
  • Fork River,
  • Ethelbert,
  • Oak Brae,
  • Sifton,
  • Waterhen
  • Winnipegosis, and
  • Valley River.

The stats are as follows:

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WWI Honour Roll

Community Old Number New Number
Fishing River 0 1
Fork River 17 30
Ethelbert 0 10
Oak Brae 0 1
Sifton 0 28
Winnipegosis 35 101
Valley River 0 5
Total 52 178

That’s one hundred and twenty-six new names I’ve added!

There are still eighteen individuals who I have been unable to find documents for, but I haven’t exhausted all the venues yet. I’m going to do some cross-referencing to see if I can locate the missing documents. Additionally, there could still be some soldiers I’ve missed altogether.

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.

Update

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.

Update

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 newspaperarchives.ca 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.

Update

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.

Update

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.