In 1974 Michael and Myrtle travelled to
Texas for the winter. The following year they
purchased a mobile home in Mesa, Arizona
where they spent many enjoyable winters with
their new friends. In July 1983 they fulfilled a
dream of Myrtle's by taking a twenty-day tour
of Europe. While visiting Amsterdam two days
before they were to return home, Myrtle
suffered a fatal heart attack. Michael continued
to spend his winters in Mesa until 1992. In 1990
Michael moved to Winnipeg where he presently
resides by himself near Marion and Bill. He
continues to enjoy good health. He spends
summers at the lake with Allan and Marion and
their families and travels to St. Albert to visit
Donna and her family. He celebrated his 90th
birthday in 1997 with all of his family present.
Allan married Karen Russell in 1967. They
have a family of one girl (Heather) and two
boys (Jeff and Daryl) and two grandchildren,
who all live in Manitoba. Karen passed away in
1998. Allan completed thirty-five years of
service with Manitoba Hydro and retired in
December 1999. He has resided in Selkirk,
Manitoba for twenty-five years.
My history of younger days was written up
in the first history of Crandall, 1971. Lois
Geraldine Eaton Doupe was born June 28, 1918,
the youngest daughter of Gordon and Prue
Doupe. I married Ernest Rinaldo Steen, better
known as Mickey, in 1941 and we lived on a
farm south of Oak Lake, Manitoba. In 1943,
Mick joined the forces and was stationed at
Shilo and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and it
was at that time that we moved into Oak Lake.
Our daughter, Marjorie Isabelle Steen was
born in 1944 at Virden Hospital. Our son,
Ernest Gordon Mickey Steen was born in
1945, also at Virden Hospital.
In 1948 Mick Sr. at the age of 28 was fatally
injured in a truck accident at Calgary. Many
changes happened during that time. My children
and I came back to the Crandall area, and I tried
different things. However, we did become very
fortunate, as Dunc and Ken Smith needed a
housekeeper on the farm. I took that job, and
spent 30 years on their farm. Lots of work, but
many happy years. My family and I were very
fortunate to have a good home with Dunc and
Ken, and will always appreciate and remember
the kindness and consideration of those two
men. Dunc passed away suddenly with heart
trouble in 1957. We remained with Ken until
Ken had to give up farming due to his health.
He sold his farm to Barry and Adrienne Angus.
We moved into Hamiota August 6, 1980. Ken
had bought a lot on 2nd Street from Charlie and
Nora Knight, and had a nice home built.
When we came to Hamiota, I joined the
Hamiota United Church regular and senior
choirs and the U.C.W. For many years, I still
went back to Crandall U.C.W. and choir on
special occasions; however, finally gave up that
due to health reasons.
On March 4, 1997 due to heart disease, Ken
passed away in his own home.
I am still in his home. Mardie married Don
Lee of Crandall and they have their own history
At the present time, Mickey is in Winnipeg
and works for Ackland- Grainger, Quotations
Department. He enjoys hockey and curling in
winter and ball in summer. When he is home on
holidays he enjoys golf and visiting with friends
in this area.
Life is like an onion; we tear off one layer at
a time and sometimes we weep, but there is
always a new day on its way with happier times.
So let a "Smile be your umbrella"- it makes
optimistic thinking easier. Positive thinking and
happy thoughts do lighten the load the heart has
Stephenson, Edith (nee Ariss)
My husband Ken and I have lived in the
Charleswood area of Winnipeg, Manitoba since
1971. In 1985 I obtained my certificate in
Nursing Administration in Health Care from the
University of Manitoba and I am presently the
Unit Coordinator in charge of the Respiratory
Unit at Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg. Ken
achieved the rank of Master Warrant Officer
and prior to his retirement in 1991 he served as
Staff Officer with Air Reserve Technical
Our daughter Marcia attended school in
Charleswood and graduated from Oak Park
High in 1989. During her school years she was
actively involved on sports teams and in baton.
Throughout her high school and university years
she held various part time jobs. Following
graduation from the University of Manitoba
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 she
moved to Calgary, Alberta where she worked in
retail management for 5 years. On May 18, 1996
Marcia married Edward (Ted) Gerlock, whom
she met while attending school. Ted and Marcia
reside in Northwest Calgary. They own their
own business; Gemcor Inc. Ted consults as a
directional driller in the oil industry. Marcia is
enjoying her role as homemaker and mother.
They have one daughter, Brittney Christine,
born in 1998 and their second child
born in 2000 a son, Tyler Michael Roy.
Over the past 20 years Ken and I have
enjoyed many trips throughout Canada and the
USA in our motor home. As I approach my
retirement from nursing in 2002 we look
forward to even greater opportunities to travel
and spend more time with our family. I will
always fondly remember the Crandall
community in which the roots of my life were
set. The ball tournaments, bonspiels, CGIT, 4-H
and school created memories that will remain
forever. Life in the city is very different and the
willingness of rural neighbours to help out in
times of need can never be equaled. The many
good deeds shown to our family at Crandall will
never be forgotten. It is truly sad that Crandall
now is only a shadow of the vibrant community
it was in the 50's and 60's. Thanks for the
Stevenson, Alan, Marjorie and Family
When the chronicles of Crandall were
written in 1971, we were still living in Brandon.
Then our son, Pete, and his wife Sheila decided
to buy their own home and moved. We moved
as well and occupied a suite in a duplex. Our
upper suite was exactly the same as the lower
one, which was occupied by our landlord, Mr.
Henry Taylor. When the Taylors decided to
retire and sold to Mr. Walter Dinsdale in 1976,
we moved to the Boreham Apartments on
Confederation Bay. Our suite was on the second
floor and we had the use of an elevator. We had
some fun times with Dr. Ed Hudson's aunt,
Helen Fraser who resided above us on the fourth
floor. We were just across the road from K-Mart
where shopping was handy and we enjoyed
coffee at the restaurant, often meeting up with
country folks who were in shopping.
Alan retired in 1985, and in the spring of
1986 we retired to the Morley House for seniors
in Shoal Lake, Manitoba. The years have passed
quickly and we have slowed down to a much
slower pace. We are still mobile at the moment,
with the help of a walker, cane or whatever is
available. However, nice neighbours, a helpful
family and lots of active grandchildren to keep
us amused surround us.
Our daughter, Sylvia and her husband Ernie
Drozda live in Shoal Lake where Ernie owns
and operated Ernie Drozda Construction Ltd.
and Lakeview Concrete Ltd. They have two
daughters, now married and with families of
their own. Shelley is a schoolteacher and Lisa a
journalist. Shelley married Ed Robidoux, also a
schoolteacher and they now reside in Binscarth.
They have a family of three. Kalyn, 8, Aryn, 5,
and Adam, 1. Lisa is married to George Lambert
who is involved with computers and is a
software developer. They reside in Winnipeg,
Manitoba and have a family of two. Troy is 7
and in school. Amy is 3 and at home with Lisa
who chose to leave her job to raise her family.
Our daughter, Lois and her husband, Phil
Patterson, live in Carman, Manitoba, now
having built their dream home last summer. Phil
is semi-retired having been employed with the
Hudson Bay Company and Northern Stores all
his life. Lois is a nurse and is now employed in
nearby Winkler, Manitoba where she enjoys her
work and the people in the area. They have one
daughter, Shannon who is a social worker in
Toronto. Shannon doesn't show any interest in
the culinary arts as yet. (Smart girl!)
Our son, Pete and his wife, Sheila live in
Brandon. Pete has been a bookkeeper for Ernie
Drozda for many years now, and Sheila is still
teaching in Brandon. They have one daughter,
Vicki. Vicki is a schoolteacher and is married to
Todd Ardron who is also a schoolteacher. They
have one son, Dustin (4) and Tanner born July
28, 2000. They now reside in Hartney,
Manitoba, after teaching up north at Cross Lake
First Nations School for four years. Vicki has
decided to put her job on hold for a few years to
raise their family. It's nice to have them closer
to home so we can enjoy their company.
In 1971, my father, Gordon Doupe passed
away and in 1981, Alan's mother Louise
Stevenson, passed away. Both are laid to rest in
the Crandall cemetery. Alan's sister Vivian
Henry is widowed and lives in Calgary, Alberta
as does her daughter Lynne and Ron Statz.
Lynne and Ron have a family of three sons.
We will always have pleasant memories of
Crandall. In the winter we drove to church with
horses and sleigh, and we would see smoke
curling upward from the fifty odd homes that
were occupied in those days. With the advent of
the electric and gas heat, we were spared the
chore of lugging in wood to fill the wood box,
the coalscuttle in winter and then dumping the
ashes. We don't have to heat the copper boiler
of water on the big black range in order to do
the weekly laundry. Boy, have we got it easy!
On looking back on the so-called "Good Old
Days", those days were pretty good after all.
Strain, Ivan and Gail (nee Johnston)
Gail and Ivan Strain moved to Boissevain,
Manitoba with Debby and Darcy in May 1969.
Tracy (Spud) Strain was born in October of that
Ivan worked for the Boissevain Credit
Union, and then in 1973 switched professions
and went to work for CJRB radio, 1220
Boissevain. Where he is presently employed.
Gail started to work for the Royal Bank of
Canada on April 1, 1975 until April 3, 2000
when she took early retirement. Through the
years Debby, Darcy and Spud completed their
schooling in Boissevain and then went out into
the work force.
Debby worked at the land titles office in
Portage la Prairie where she met Jim Odlum
from Pilot Mound, Manitoba. Jim is an auto
body repair technician. They were married June
6, 1992 and moved to Brandon where Jim
worked at Boyd Auto body. Debby worked for a
film crew that was producing a movie in
Brandon, and then when that was completed,
went to work for MACC. In 1993, they had the
opportunity to take a partnership in an auto body
shop in Pilot Mound where they now own the
Circle J Auto body. On January 4, 1996, their
son Justin James Odlum was born. Justin is the
first grandchild for Ivan and Gail. In
2000 their daughter Jamie Jennelle was born, a
fifth grandchild for Ivan and Gail.
Darcy worked for Kimberley dark, drove a
semi for NEWS Enterprises, Boissevain, then
moved to the Waskada oil fields. In 1991, he
started working for Chevron Canada Resources
in Virden where he is presently employed. He
met Sherri Eckel from Quinton, Saskatchewan
and they were married on September 2, 1995.
They purchased a farm northeast of Virden and
reside there. Their son, Ethan Edward was born
in 1997, the third grandchild for Ivan
and Gail. Another son Mathew Wilbum was
born in 2000 the sixth grandchild
for Ivan and Gail. Darcy and his brother Spud
are in partnership on an Equine ranch and you
can see Percheron horses if you go to see Darcy.
Sherri wants to get her son started in the horse
business on a smaller scale so she has miniature
Tracy (Spud) worked for UGG, and in 1992,
quit to come back to Boissevain to operate the
Equine Ranch and raise horses. The ranch is 1
mile south of Boissevain on Number 10
highway. He met Sharon Hainsworth from
Deloraine, and they were married on April 8,
1995. Their son Dillon Richard was born in
1996, the second grandchild for Ivan
and Gail. Their next child Cody Dawson born
in 1999, fourth grandson for Ivan and Gail.
Through the years the whole family has been
involved in horses, and showing them on the
fair circuit. You can see Percheron horses at any
of the families places. The grandchildren are
developing the same love of horses so we expect
to see horses around the Strain, Odlum
residences for a long time to come.
Taylor, Bill and Mac
Since the 1971 Crandall history book was
compiled, our two sons. Bob and Brian, both
completed high school in Hamiota. Bob took
Business Administration at the Assiniboine
Community College in Brandon, Manitoba and
worked as a Government Clerk for Transport
Canada, in Winnipeg, Manitoba for 24 years,
one year with Nav. Canada and is now with the
Federal Department of Citizenship and
Immigration in Johnson Terminals Winnipeg,
located at The Forks. In 1977 he married Susan
Napper of Winnipeg. They had two sons,
Jeffrey born in 1979 and Jamie born in 1981.
Jamie passed away suddenly January 1998.
Our youngest son, Brian, worked at various
jobs after finishing school, before deciding to
farm. When Bill and I retired to Hamiota in
1980, he and his wife, the former Margie
McGhee, whom he married in 1975, moved to
the farm from their home in Hamiota. Margie
has been a full time employee at the Hamiota
Credit Union since 1974. Brian and Margie have
one daughter, Mandy, born in 1983. She is
active in high school basketball and volleyball,
and has won many awards in the past few years
at Canadian High School Rodeos. She is
presently in grade 12 at Hamiota Collegiate.
Until poor health affected Bill we enjoyed
retirement years. We curled, golfed and played
bridge and travelled across North America to
Oregon, Arizona, Mexico, the Maritimes,
Alaska and spent one winter in Victoria, British
Columbia. Bill passed away suddenly, March 6,
1998 and is buried in the Hamiota Cemetery. I
continue to live in our comfortable retirement
home on 5th Street in Hamiota.
Thornton, Jodi Rae (nee Johnston)
Born in 1967 in Brandon,
Manitoba Jodi, daughter of Dennis and Helen
Johnston graduated from Shilo High School in
1985. She has received a Physical Education
degree from the University of Manitoba. She
also received an Education degree from the
Brandon University. She is presently a "Stay-at-
home" mom, but is starting to get the itch to go
back to teaching.
Jodi met her husband, Kevin Michael
Thornton, while attending the University of
Manitoba. They were married in Brandon on
May 18, 1991. Kevin was born in Fort Francis,
Ontario in 1966. He practiced
medicine in Dauphin, Manitoba. The Thornton
family moved to Washburn, Wisconsin in
January of 1996 where Kevin is now working as
the Chief Physician of the Emergency Room at
Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. He is also
the Medical Director of Emergency Medical
Services for the Ashland-Bayfield Counties, as
well as the president of the Ashland-Bayfield
counties Medical Society.
Jodi loves to "play" on the computer and has
a new home based business. The family enjoys
living on the shores of Lake Superior. They
spend a great deal of time in the outdoors with
boating, camping, scuba diving, fishing, etc.
Megan Emily Thornton was born in
1995 in Dauphin.
Kyle Michael Thornton was born in
1997 in Ashland, Wisconsin.
Tutkaluke, Stan and Anne
Stan and Anne Tutkaluke were married on
June 22, 1957. We farmed in the Beulah district
until 1964 before moving to Crandall. We
purchased section 3-14-25 from Art Heise.
Three children were born to us: Lorrie Anne-
1960, Valerie Joy-
1962 and Leslie James - J 1964. They all
graduated from Hamiota High School.
Lorrie married David Johnston of Killarney,
Manitoba on July 30, 1988. They live in
Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lorrie is a Registered
Nurse and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. She
nurses at the Seven Oaks Hospital. David is in
the building construction business. They have
two children. Devon born in
1991, and Stephanie born in 1994.
Valerie married Victor Rachelle of Sandy
Lake, Manitoba on December 6, 1991. Valerie
is an accountant in the Treasury Department for
the City of Brandon. Victor also works in
construction. Victor has two sons, Michael and
Leslie worked for Versa Foods as
Coordinator of Dietetics at the Misericordia
Hospital in Winnipeg, Churchill Health Centre,
Churchill, Manitoba and Moose Jaw Health
Centre in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan before
being transferred to the County Hospital in
Midland, Ontario. After working there for a few
more years he decided to try his hand at
something different. He is now a partner and
consultant of a Computer Consulting business in
We continued farming until 1994 when we
sold the farm to Vern and Ruth Toews and
We will treasure the memories of the years
we spent in the Crandall district, but there
comes a time in a person's life when changes
have to be made. In the spring of 1995 we
retired to Shoal Lake, Manitoba where we
hoped to enjoy a few more years together. Stan
passed away suddenly on July 19, 1999 of a
massive heart attack. He is laid to rest in the
Shoal Lake Catholic cemetery.
I plan to stay here is Shoal Lake until
another change has to be made.