PHOTO (Wilda - Amy)
Wilda Clibbett is my maternal grandmother and that
picture is possibly a picture I scanned in from my mother’s collection of
photos. (or it is a copy someone else had of the same picture – which
would be great to hear about), though Wilda’s had the names on the back and
that’s here I ID’d the subjects from.
I had done some Googling and searching on Ancestry.com
for those other last names several (~10?) years ago and came up empty, though
perhaps they would have some hits now.
There is a great picture of Wilda about 10 yrs old at a
one-room school that would have been about 5 miles North and 2.5 miles East of
Canora called Meadowdale. I found a local history book in the main Regina
library while there on a business trip several years ago that mentioned the
location of the school and more recently I found a township map of the area that
showed the exact quarter section given to the school. I actually drove out
there and talked to some locals who said the one on the picture below burned
down and the replacement structure was hauled away in the 70’s for use as a
shed or something.
Wilda took and/or collected a whole bunch of photos we
are fortunate to have dating from about 1908 (born 1900) to the end of her life
in Saskatoon in 1969.
She married Walter Clibbett in 1918 and they had 3
girls (Feb 1919 – that was cutting it a little close); 1922 and my Mom in 1924
, the middle one dying at age 5 in 1927. She and Walter separated though
somewhere in the early 40’s perhaps earlier? And he moved to Chilliwack
with the then still-married wife of their landlord ! (And the landlord, I
kid you not, was Bruce Robert Wilson Langton, the little boy who barely survived
the ride in the canoe from Wascana Lake during the ‘Regina Cyclone’ of 30
Jun 1912 ! )
She went back to school at 56 or so, graduating from
nursing at age 58 and worked as a nurse’s aid for several years.
Wilda lived most of her life in SK, though she got
shuffled off to aunts in Fergus, ON and back to Strathmore and Vulcan, AB for a
few years early in her life as her mother died 5 months after she was born.
Her father’s new wife supposedly was OK with her two older brothers staying on
the farm in the Dodsland, SK area, but didn’t want the young girl (or so my
mother remembers the story going). My Mom is 92 and living unassisted in
Want more info? Lemme know!
re-looked at Ancestry and as I’d thought, two of the girls now have someone
researching them. Their tree pages generated the nice little life
histories I’ve enclosed. I wasn’t really able to find the 3rd
father’s occupation in the 1916 census is Farmer, in Twp 32 Range 3 W2, near
RM of Keys, SK. That township will be about 7 miles straight South of
Crystal Lake and probably on the East side of Hiway 9. It is being
researched by someone named Heather McIntyre in her ‘Brown Family Tree’.
Betts’ father is also a farmer and their location in the 1911 census is
16-32-4-W2 which is 7 or 8 miles South and a little West of Crystal Lake, just
West of Amsterdam.
ancestry user name of mag1johnston is researching her in the
‘JOHNSTON-ELLIOTT-MACLEAN-NELSON FAMILY TREE’
Tatham doesn’t seem to have anyone researching that name, and I didn’t find
her in the area, though there were some Tathams in Last Mountain area, so
perhaps she was visiting some kin over the summer?
three of these girls (including Wilda) lived within several miles of that school
I mentioned in the previous e-mail, so I’d bet they were just plain ole’
school friends going out to the lake together. Though a parent was likely
there with the camera (and to handle the horse and buggy). The same thing
happened there last year a few dozen times except those pictures woulda been up
on Facebook in milliseconds.
people have recreational properties in 1912 ? Maybe, but it sure would
have been a luxury. Was Crystal Lake a resort back then? I’d
really bet that was a special time, I would think recreational opportunities she
had as a child were *very* limited, getting pushed off to her Aunts in ON
after her mom die 5 months after
she was born.
least 1908 to 1912 Wilda lived on section 31-31-3-W2 (Just N of Canora close to
Meadowdale School) with her Aunt Mattie and Uncle John Cook. Two of her
cousins were also born there, John ARTHUR and Jennie.
picture, dated 15 Jul 1963 was the first time she and her 2 brothers had been
all together at the same time since 1907 ! (And hmmm.. 9 Jan 1907 is when
the evil step mother came into the picture). Its taken at their father’s
Court, SK homestead.
husband (the one that ran away with a married woman) I guess wasn’t a real
go-getter, so she moved a bit with the kids to where she could get a stable
position as a nanny or housekeeper with her kids and place for them to live.
She wasn’t overly religious, but sure did what she had to for the kids.
As tight as times were for a woman with a somewhat underperforming husband, my
Mom is sure there was a headstone made for Carrie, the middle child who died age
5. So I imagine that was painful even to a generation more used to
premature deaths on the prairies than we are now. When flus and other
things hit, there jut wasn’t the tools and resources in 1927 Govan that we
have now. Perhaps that’s why she became a nurse.
when I was 6, so I didn’t really get to know her. I asked my older
siblings (who are all 10+ years older than me) if they had some insight, but no,
they were pretty young too. But one of the pics is her walking down the
street with my oldest brother George and he says to this day one of his absolute
favorite memories was getting sent out of Edmonton for a couple weeks in the
summer at Grams in Govan. So she sounds like a perfect Grannie!
write this, I see there isn’t anything that unusual about her story like so
many western pioneers. She was born in Ontario and her father came to SK
to farm but they seemed very fluid going back to ON more than many people
travelled back then. And because her mother had died when she was 5
months, and some of the Mom’s family was in Guelph/Fergus area, she finished
high school in Fergus, ON. In the Crystal lake photo, she looks about
10-12, so that means 1910-1912 she was in SK.
husband died in 1952 in Chilliwack, BC where he had moved with ‘the other
so I guess that is when she was able to remarry as I do know she remarried in 2
Jul 1954 to a super nice gentleman, a butcher, mailman, town Councillor in Govan,
Peter Edwards. They stayed married to her death.
brother Milton stayed on the family farm at Court, SK and kin are still there
today. (This was the farm where the ‘evil’ step mother (haha) didn’t want
a little girl around. The other brother, Albert Griffin Hill became an
M.D. in Toronto, though I have several pictures of them together as adults so
they stayed in touch. He first served in WW 1 http://153rdwellington.com/153rd.html?mode=view&id=606
not sure if you’re into family trees, so I’ll add a couple notes about
Indexed and transcribed records are increasing FAST as there are more and
more collections of data getting typed in by volunteers and/or scanned in and
digitally character recognized. Voter lists, border crossings, small town
trade directories, railroad pay slips, censuses, you name it. Sot
surprised I found a ton of info on these girls when a few years back there was
Ancestry.com (.ca et al) has an interesting TV show “Who Do You Think
You Are?” where they research some (tear-jerking) branch in a celeb’s tree.
This little exercise here was interesting too as it shows their data can be used
for area research too. If you really wanted to get into an article (or a
series or a book), I’d bet you could gle a free subscriptfrom them for the
publicity to them.
my brothers mentioned: http://www.babynamespedia.com/meaning/Wilda
girl name Wilda is pronounced as WIHLD-ah †. Wilda has its origins in the
English language and it is also used largely in English. The meaning of Wilda is
'untamed'. Wilda is the feminine version of the English Wilder. Wilda is
unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1926 with 0.033% of
baby girls being named Wilda. It was #327 in rank then. The baby name has
dropped out of favor since then, and is currently of only sporadic use.
me, nothing too unusual. 50 something, married, work on pipelines and ride
mountain bikes. My Dad was retired when I finished NAIT (Electronics
Engineering Technology) in ’92 I started giving him my old hand-me-down
computers with a family tree software on it. It totally gave him something
to do and got him out talking to people, tracking down relatives and kept him
very* busy and excited with life. A trip to Iceland when he found some
rellies there and a trip to England to research that side of the tree. He
passed away about 10 years ago and I didn’t do much with the tree but said
I’d subscribe to Ancestry when I had enough time to get my money’s worth.
I subscribed a couple years ago after deciding to work part time contracts and
enjoy myself and haven’t regretted a minute of it. (We went mountain
biking to Spain a couple months ago and I put a little vid up on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuBIpOXW98Q
please use any of this info in your story, history needs to be re-told /
remembered. None of my nephews & nieces were too interested but
they’re coming around as they get into their mid+ 30’s. The ease and
recreational opportunities of our life now are something I continually reflect
on when seeing these old stories.
have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll see what I can do.
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