Davison, William and Family
In the summer of 1957, William, Frances
and their sons. Dale, Chris and Ryan came to
Crandall. Kimberely, our fourth son, was born
in September 1957. Michelle, our only daughter,
arrived in November 1961. We lived in the
second house east of the old school. Our
neighbours were Mrs. Fowlie with daughters,
Joanne and Beth to the west, and Mr. and Mrs.
Roland Dickey to the east.
We found when we came, a wonderful
community and a school filled with great kids.
In our first year there were 17 kids in grade 10
(a big class) and a total of over 90 from grades 1
to 12. There were 5 teachers: Joan Teal
(Foxton), 1-2; Mrs. Fowlie, 3-5; Myrtle
Smuttell, 4-8; Doris Rampling, 9-10; and Bill
The old school was demolished in the
summer of 1958 and was replaced by the school
that is now the Division Office. Some education
incidents that come to mind are as follows. The
Grade 11-12 classroom was in the basement of a
one-room country school. Upstairs were Grades
1-2. On winter days, the furnace, snug against
the students' desks, would start up regularly,
and it was essential to "do the teaching" when
the stoker was not running. This little basement
had no chemistry lab, so the kids did their
experiments in the lean-to on the east side of the
9-10 room. On winter days, we would schedule
the lab for all day use, a good idea because we
had to light up the wood stove, thaw out the
chemicals and go to work. The 11-12 students
would trek across from their room and do
experiments while grades 9-10 were in session.
One day Dune Mitchell, Dennis Johnston, Doug
Long and Wayne Angus and others in grades
11-12 were scheduled to make hydrogen sulfide
gas (rotten egg gas). They piped some of the gas
under the door in the 9-10 room. Very quickly
everyone got out of there. Fortunately, there is
no record of punishments. However, there is no
record of it ever happening again!
In the winter of 1958, we persuaded the
Rink Board to allow student skating at noon.
They agreed, and nearly every student bought a
skating pass. The result was fitness, giving the
principal the opportunity to coach winning
teams of boys and girls hockey.
Crandall was supportive of our family and
our children, and we had many good friends.
That village, with its sociable, open, and safe
surroundings was an ideal place to raise
All except one of our family have left
Manitoba. Dale, Anne and three sons, live south
of Quadra, Manitoba. Chris, Donna, a son and a
daughter are in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kim with
one daughter also lives in Halifax. Ryan, Jody,
two boys and one girl are in Medicine Hat,
Alberta. Michelle Davison-Roy, Rob, a girl and
a boy are in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
We reluctantly left Crandall in 1962 in
pursuit of more responsibility and with five
kids, more money! We went to Griswold to live
and from there, Bill earned a degree at Brandon
University. In 1963, he went to Elkhorn as
principal, and in 1967 went back to the Birdtail
River School Division for 19 years as
Superintendent of Education until retirement in
Frances also went on, and in 1977,
graduated with a gold medal as a Registered
Psychiatric Nurse. We lived in Hamiota,
Manitoba until 1977, and since then have
enjoyed country living on our farm near Kenton,
Decker, Gerald and Margaret
Daughter of Joseph and Florence Kidd
After completing my Grade XI in Crandall,
in 1945, I moved to Hamiota, Manitoba to learn
hairdressing at Duncan's Hairdressing and
Barbershop, later taking a finishing course at
Nels Todds' Beauty Academy in Winnipeg,
I first met Gerald at a Norton Sports Day
which at the time, was a yearly event held on
the Norton farm north of Decker, Manitoba.
Gerald was farming with his parents, Bert
and Myrtle, and spending his winters taking
courses- Agriculture, etc. at Brandon College,
and Mechanics at Musker Engineering in
Winnipeg. He also worked one winter at his
Uncle Fred's garage in Decker.
In September 1947 Gerald and I were
married in the Crandall United Church.
Reverend Wilson officiated.
While farming with his parents, Gerald and I
also rented a half section of land from Robert
Van Norman in partnership with Reg Teal. We
lived on the Van Norman homestead west of
town, later owned by Jessie Wall.
In the fall of 1956, Gerald's parents retired
to Hamiota and we moved back onto the home
section, and eventually bought the land.
Through the years, we also rented land from
Mrs. Garnet Badger, Mrs. Raymond Foxton, and
Mrs. Peter Shivas.
Along with our mixed farming, we always
drove a school van to Decker and Hamiota and
in later years a bus to Hamiota.
We have three children: Joanne (Jody), born
in 1949, received her education in Decker and
Hamiota, her Registered Nurse's degree in
Winnipeg, her B.A., M.A. and PhD. in Toronto,
Ontario and is currently an Associate Professor
at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo,
Ontario. She resides in Waterloo.
Dennis, born in 1952, received his education
in Decker and Hamiota, a diploma in Computer
Technology from the Red River Community
College in Winnipeg and after eight years as
Recreation Director in Hamiota, moved to
Winnipeg and took some courses at the
Providence Bible College. He is presently the
director of Freedom Ministries based out of
Grant Memorial Baptist Church in Winnipeg.
He is also a partner in "Chuck'n Decker"
Cheryl, born in 1955 also received her
education in Decker and Hamiota and her
Registered Nurses degree at the Grace Hospital
in Winnipeg. After nursing for a year at the
Grace Hospital, she married Gordon Cormack
and moved to Kenton, Manitoba where they
farm and Cheryl has continued nursing full time
at Hamiota Hospital. They have two children:
Bradley, who is currently attending the
University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and
Mardie, who is attending the Brandon
Through the years, Gerald and I were active
in church and community activities. Gerald with
the church, school, and local Pool Elevator
boards, church choir, Cub and Scout leader, and
a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge until it
discontinued at Decker.
I continued hairdressing in our home and
was an active member of the W.I, W.A, and
W.M.S. and in 1962 was a charter member of
the U.C.W., later years being made a life
member. I taught C.G.I.T. and 4-H sewing and
was in later years on the church board.
Our family was also involved with school,
church, 4-H, music and rink activities.
Speaking of rink activities, I well remember
one of our winter carnivals. I always enjoyed
making costumes, so out of my "costume box" I
dressed up our three children. (We didn't buy
ready-made in those days). Then Donna Lints
and I decided we would like to join the fun and
after much discussion, we came up with the idea
of going together as a clothesline! From the top
of our heads down to our knees we each made
ourselves into a pole, with heavy brown paper
"borrowed" from Donna's dad at the Pool
Elevator. We painted on some knotholes,
especially around our eyes and mouth. Then we
strung a clothesline between us, and on it hung
the most delicate of lingerie. Lucky for us we
didn't fall! I don't remember winning any prize,
but we certainly had fun!
Gerald and I especially enjoyed curling and
also the excitement and challenge of bonspiels
at home and at surrounding towns.
Time for golfing was limited on the farm in
the summer time, so we mostly golfed down
south in the winter months, and after we retired
In 1982 we celebrated 100 years of
continuous family farming.
In July 1990 we retired to Hamiota, and Ed
and Mona Butler rented our farm home. Gerald
continued to farm from town for a year before
selling the south half of 15-18-24 to Ed and
Mona and the north half of 7-15-24 to Gerry and
In 1997 we celebrated our 50th wedding
For almost 25 years we have spent our
winter holidays in the southern States, mainly
Florida. We have enjoyed many other trips,
including to Scotland to renew acquaintances
with a classmate of mine, Adam McPherson and
his wife, Bette. Adam was a Scottish evacuee to
Crandall during the 2nd World War.
Our last two winter holidays have been at
Sidney by the Sea, near Victoria, British
We are thankful that we've had such a good
life, and are still able to enjoy time with our
family and friends.
Denner, John C.
An update to the family history for myself is:
John Charles Denner married Sam Denner
on June 29, 1974. We have two daughters,
Sarah Pearl Denner, born in 1975
and Rachel Denner was born in
Dickey, Alvy and Myrtle and Families
By Lois Muriel (Dickey) Daly
In 1948, having just graduated from
Brandon College, I moved to South Burnaby,
British Columbia, with my parents. Myrtle and
Alvy Dickey. Gretchen and Lawrence Shetler
(married in 1940) moved to Westbank, British
Columbia, in 1944. Gretchen and I were the
only two daughters. Alvy enjoyed his retirement
in Burnaby for only four short years. He died
suddenly in January of 1954. Myrtle continued
to live in her own home until 1978. She often
travelled across the country to visit friends and
relatives. She came to Edinburgh, Scotland in
1954 and to Australia in 1970 to visit with me
when we were on study leave. For eight years,
Myrtle lived in a senior's home until her death
at 92 years of age in February 1987. Alvy and
Myrtle are buried in Ocean View cemetery in
I worked in Burnaby and Vancouver for four
years before my marriage in 1952 to Rev.
Gordon Daly of Cartwright, Manitoba. We
made our home in Brookdale, Manitoba for a
year before moving to Edinburgh for two years
where Gordon studied theology at the New
College. Our return to Canada with the United
Church took us to Northwestern Ontario
(Cochenour, Balmertown and McKenzie
Island), Swan River, Manitoba, St. Amaud,
Australia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. In 1980 we
moved to Calgary, Alberta where I still make
my home. Gordon died of cancer in Calgary in
My three sons and one daughter, Bruce
(1954), Lorne (1958), Marlene (1959) and Mark
(1963). One daughter Claudia, born in 1953,
died in Cochenour, Ontario in 1957.
Bruce married Valerie Mills, a nurse, from
Brandon, Manitoba in 1977. Bruce is a doctor in
Kenora, Ontario and he and Val have a family
of three, Meghan (1982), Rebecca (1984) and
Lorne worked in Calgary for 20 years with
Eatons and married Elena Barientos in 1996.
Elena works at the Bethany Seniors Centre in
Marlene, employed at Mount Royal College,
married Dave Mellow, an instructor at Mount
Royal, in 1991. Marlene previously worked at
Petro Canada. Dave is presently in a Philosophy
program at the University of Calgary.
After graduation from the University of
Calgary, Mark moved to Toronto, Ontario in
1987. He married Chiang Li in 1994 after they
both received law degrees. They have made
their home in Hong Kong since 1994. Their son,
Connor, was born in 1999.
Gretchen and Lawrence and family of two
sons, Paul and Neil, and one daughter, Yvonne,
continued to live in British Columbia after their
move from Manitoba in 1944. In 1947, they
moved from Westbank to Burnaby, British
Columbia where Lawrence worked as a heavy-duty
mechanic. He later worked for Sears and
retired in 1976. He died in January of 1999.
Gretchen lives in Kinsmen Place Lodge in
Surrey, British Columbia. Paul, Yvonne and
Neil and families live in Aldergrove, White
Rock and Westbank respectively. Gretchen has
five grandchildren: Shauneen, David, Jeffrey,
John and Danielle, and one great grandson,
Dickey, John and Anita
John and Anita Dickey (Schoch) took their
schooling at Crandall and shortly after
graduating were married. John's career was
working with the Royal Bank of Canada, having
started at Hamiota and ending his career 38
years later at Morden, Manitoba on December
31, 1992. During this period, they lived at 11
different towns and cities and had two boys
named Brent and Scott. Both Brent and Scott
are married and are presently living in Brandon.
After retiring from the bank, John and Anita
moved to Killarney where they presently live at
Brent and Cathy (Stevenson) have three
children- Erin, Katrina and Eric. Scott and Lisa
(Tanner) have two children- Selina and
John's parents- Claude and Helen Dickey
are buried at the Crandall cemetery. Anita's
parents- Bob and Annetta Schoch are also
buried in the Crandall cemetery.
Dickinson, Eric and Edna (nee Murdoch)
I was born in Crandall 75 years ago to Eva
and Bill Murdoch. With two brothers and two
sisters, we had a busy wonderful life. I attended
the Crandall school from Grade I-XII. We had a
no-frills education with gym and music only on
Friday, if the class didn't misbehave. We played
dodge ball and baseball at recess. In the winter
we played fox and goose in the snow, or indoor
curling with wooden rocks if the weather was
too cold. Vivian Stevenson was a very close girl
chum. We went home every day for lunch and
were always met at the gate by our faithful old
dog. Rex. Mother was always sitting at the
kitchen window knitting our toques, mitts and
My Dad was a Grain Buyer for the Manitoba
Pool Elevator No. 100. This of course affected
his health, so we moved to Vancouver, British
Columbia in 1939. My brothers, Les and Stan
had been overseas and Rena was in Calgary.
Mavis stayed behind and married John Smyth.
At the local rink, my dad curled and we all
ice-skated or played hockey. One fateful night
the roof fell in on the rink because no one would
pay the local boys 10 cents each to shovel off
the snow. We had all been in the rink at a
carnival hour's earlier- except Mum who chose
to stay home and make our cocoa.
My sisters, Rena and Mavis, and I sang in
the local choir with practice every Thursday
evening and Sunday school and church every
Sunday. After Sunday lunch we would drive to
the Assiniboine River where Dad would fish for
hours. We also competed in the Hamiota
festival. Olive Smith and I won first in Brandon,
Manitoba. I still have many ribbons and had a
great music teacher in Gladys Kirton.
I met and married Eric Dickinson in 1944
and we have been happily married for 55 years
being blessed with four lovely daughters, four
granddaughters and one grandson. We've had a
busy life with lodge work (the Fraternal Order
of Eagles) for both of us, and myself singing
barbershop harmony with the Lions Gate
Chapter of Sweet Adelines for 23 years.
We returned to Crandall in 1982 and are
looking forward to the Crandall reunion in 2000.
My Dad, Bill Murdoch passed away in 1964
at the age of 80. My mom Eva Murdoch passed
away in 1984 at the age of 96. My brother Les
died in 1991 at the age of 76, my sister Rena
died in 1995 at 77 years of age and my brother
Stan died in 1968 at 48 years of age.
Dnistranski, Larry and Family
While working at the Wawanesa Mutual
Insurance Company, I met Eileen, daughter of
Corrine and Walter Geotz of Nesbitt. We were
married on October 11, 1969.
We lived in Wawanesa, Manitoba where
we both worked for the insurance company. In
1972, I was transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba
and Eileen acquired a job at the Bank of
Montreal. Our stay in Winnipeg was short, and
in the fall of 1972, we bought the Wallace
Hyndman house and returned to Crandall.
That same year we bought land from Garnet
Johnson, started a small herd of cattle and thus
started our lives as farmers.
In 1976 we moved to the farmhouse and my
parents moved a mobile home onto the farm site
where they still reside today. Our farming spans
over a period of 28 years, and we have had the
good fortune of acquiring several other
holdings, including land from the late Delymer
Johnston, Mike Chuba, my Dad's farm, and we
rent land from J. Dickey.
The homestead of Mike Chuba (renamed
Paradise Lodge) has seen several faces pass
through its doors. Every fall for the past 12
years, it comes alive with young would-be
hunters and old timers. We get together for two
weeks in November for the annual hunt and a
time of comradeship.
When we first came back to farming I drove
a school bus to supplement our income. Eileen
worked different jobs and is presently working
for the Hamiota District Health Centre.
We have one daughter Kimberley, who was
born in 1974. She took her schooling
in Hamiota. Kim was interested in horses from
an early age and spent nine years in the Decker
Country Rider 4-H Club. Over the years, Kim
has shown in many local fairs and has competed
in Brandon at some of the larger shows.
On July 2, 1994 Kim married Brian Park,
son of the late Don and Donna Park. They have
two children, Ashyton Alexandra (Alex) born
in 1996 and Riley Hunter born in
Kim works part time at the Hamiota Dental
Clinic. Brian is the facility foreman for the
Sports Complex in Hamiota and runs a small
sandblasting business of his own. Kim, Brian
and their family live on the Park family farm.
Delia was born in the Ravine District on
September 22, 1907 to James and Isabella
Douglas. Upon completion of school she took
her nurses training at the Children's Hospital in
Winnipeg Manitoba and then worked at the
Shriner's Hospital in Winnipeg until retiring in
Delia moved back to Crandall and resided in
the James Douglas house with her brother
Elmer. After his death in 1983 she continued to
live in the house until 1986 when she moved
into Hamiota House, now Evergreen Place in
Hamiota, Manitoba. In 1993 she moved to Lilac
Lodge and due to failing health she moved to
Birch Lodge in 1999 where she still resides.
She celebrated her 90th birthday in
September 1997 and continues to have fairly
Douglas, Donald and Grace
To continue the account of the Donald
Douglas family published in 1971 in the
Chronicles of Crandall, Donald and Grace
retired to Miniota, Manitoba in 1963. They lived
there happily until Grace passed away in
December 1973. Donald remained in Miniota
until he moved to a seniors' home near Roblin,
Manitoba. Later he was able to move into a
nursing home in Roblin to be near his daughter,
Ivy and husband Frank Campbell and their
family. He passed away in 1980. Both he and
Grace are buried in the Arrow River cemetery.
Daughter Donna married Stuart Johnson,
and taught in Isabella for a number of years
while Stuart worked as a telegrapher for the
Canadian Pacific Railway at Elkhorn, Brandon,
and Shoal Lake, Manitoba. Then he went back
to school, took his teacher training, his Bachelor
of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees.
In 1966, they moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba
where Donna taught in Fort Garry and Stuart
taught in St. James. At present they are enjoying
Daughter Viola and husband Doug McElroy
have lived in Flin Flon, Manitoba since 1957
and are retired there now. Their son, Don, wife
Heather and sons, Brett (21) and Wade (16) live
and work in Flin Flon. Wade is still in school.
Their daughter, Shannon, and husband Tom
McFetridge, live in Winnipeg with their
daughters Alyson (14) and Erin (12).
Daughter Ivy and her husband Frank
Campbell live in Roblin, Manitoba where they
are both retired. Their history appears
elsewhere in this book.
Daughter Jean, husband Jim Carnegie and
son Cameron, still live in Kamloops, British
Columbia. Jean and Jim are both retired,
supposedly, but Jim still gets called to work at a
golf course in the springtime. They both belong
to a slo-pitch ball team and enjoy golfing.
Doupe, Ben and Audrey
Ben retired on December 31, 1986 in
Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ben and Audrey had a
happy 12 years of retirement. After a short
illness with ALS Ben passed away on February
23, 1999. Audrey lives in Winnipeg.
Doupe, Harold and Joyce
Harold retired in 1980 and settled in
St.Vital, an area of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Joyce
passed away in April of 1995.
Marilyn became Mrs. Clausen while in
Denmark but returned to Canada with a
daughter Annika (Rikke) born in 1970. Rikke
married Andy Pineau (born 1968) in June 1995.
They have two children, Barret Gordon born
1997 and Alexis Joy Cassandra born in 1999.
Joan's husband, Ralph, passed away in
1997. Their daughter Kristine (born in 1964) has
two sons from two marriages. Brendon Storm
Kovacs (born in 1994) and Spencer
Bryant Smith (born in 1997).
All presently reside in St.Vital.
Doupe, Neil and Jody (nee Allan)
After graduating from Hamiota High School
in 1978, I spent 2 years travelling and working
mostly in construction. After returning from a
youth exchange program in Australia, I found
employment in Alberta at a farm machinery
dealership as a parts counter manager.
In 1985, I moved home to farm with my
parents Stan and Vel. My farming career had
started previous to this with the purchase of the
Schmidt half section (formerly Ted Shier's) in
1979. Until 1985, I had rented that land to my
parents. At that time I began renting land from
Brian Johnston and later from Keith Kirk.
The first few winters after returning home, I
found employment working in Northern
Alberta; mostly construction and oilfield related
jobs. In 1988, I purchased the Douglas house at
the north end of Crandall.
I continued working in Alberta in the
winters, mostly in the ski industry, until 1990.
The 1990's saw me returning to Australia three
times, working on a large grain farm on two of
In 1995, I met my future wife, Jody Allan of
Rivers. The fall of 1997 found us moving to the
farm as my parents retired into Hamiota. The
following summer, we were married at the farm.
We both enjoy living in the country and taking
part in community activities. Marquette
Regional Health Authority currently employs
Jody and I am active in other projects off the
farm as well.
Our first child, a daughter Jacinta May was
born in 2000.
Doupe, Ronald and Noraleen
Ron is the son of Benjamin Hartwell and
Gladys Irene Doupe. Ron attended the Brandon
College for four years and then worked on a
geology survey. This transient life did not suit
Ron. He became interested in Municipal clerk
duties, as well as the stenographer, Noraleen
Cockwill of Balgonie, Saskatchewan, whom he
married in 1954. He remained as Municipal
Administrator of a Rural Municipality,
Administrator of Marsden and Insurance agent
until 1995 at which time Ron and Noraleen
retired in Marsden. Ron and Noraleen have 2
sons- Colin (1958) is married to Susan (Betts)
and lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta where
Susan teaches and Colin has a Certified
Accountants practice. Colin and Susan have 3
sons, Eldon (16), Errol (14) and Eryk (12).
Grant (1962) is married to Carma Lee
(Kent). Grant and Carma Lee have 2 children,
Lauren (9) and Kenton (5). Carma Lee teaches;
Grant is a Rural Municipal Administrator. They
live at Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
Doupe, Stan and Vel (nee Sherritt) and
Their four sons all graduated from the
Hamiota High school.
Scott earned a Science degree from the
Brandon University in 1979. He enjoyed seven
years with the musical group "Up With People",
travelling to several countries was a vast
experience. On December 19, 1981 Scott and
Barbara Lints were married in the Decker
United Church. Three children were born to
them, Alyssa in 1984, Kristen in 1987 and
Timothy in 1988. Scott, Barb and their family
currently live in Calgary where Scott is a partner
of Conroy Partners Limited, Executive Search
and Management Consultants. Barbara is a
Speech Language Pathologist.
Glenn obtained a degree in Arts from the
University of Winnipeg. In 1986, he graduated
from the Winnipeg Health Science Centre as a
Registered Nurse. Glenn moved to Vancouver
in 1987, nursing at each of the Shaunghnessy
and St. Paul's Hospitals. For a few years he
sang with the Vancouver Men' Choir. In 1993-1994
Glenn travelled to work in Saudi Arabia, a
challenging experience! One highlight was a
holiday in Thailand. Currently, Glenn works as
a nurse at the St. Paul's Hospital Intensive Care
Unit in Vancouver.
Neil returned home in 1985 to farm with his
parents. Neil now farms the family homestead
and his family's history will appear elsewhere.
Malcolm's youth was busy with baseball,
hockey and music. Being our youngest son, we
as parents had more time to follow Malcolm's
involvement, thus meeting many wonderful
people - a time in our lives we enjoyed. Upon
graduating from high school, Malcolm played
hockey with the Assiniboine Community
College in Brandon.
Malcolm attended the University of
Manitoba, where he received an undergraduate
degree in Physical Education and a Master's
degree in Science. He is currently completing
his doctoral degree in Community Health
Sciences. In addition to his schooling, Malcolm
worked for the University of Manitoba for
several years. He is employed as a Research
Associate, Department of Family Medicine at
the University of Manitoba.
In 1979 Stan became a crop insurance
adjuster, first working with the Birtle Office and
now the Hamiota Office. Stan enjoys talking
with the farmers.
In July of 1979, our sons surprised us by
hosting a celebration in honour of our 25th
wedding anniversary at the Crandall
Community Centre. On July 4th, 1982 we hosted
a 100-year celebration of the family farm at the
farm site. We celebrated our 40th wedding
anniversary with family, relatives and friends on
Stan and Vel have always been involved
with the church and community serving on
various boards. Vel has been a dedicated
member of the Crandall U.C.W. Stan has served
on the cemetery committee for many years and
continues to keep the records.
Our farming years have been gratifying and
memorable. However the time came for us to
pass the homestead on to Neil and Jody, the
fourth generation. In 1997 we built a home in
Hamiota. We moved from the farm to our new
home on October 13, 1997. We are gradually
feeling more comfortable in our new home and
becoming more involved in the community.
Stan continues crop insurance, curling and
golfing, Vel enjoys cross-country skiing and
skating. We both enjoy gardening and bridge.
Stan continues to help Neil with the farming.
We are both thankful for our family, and to
return to the farm for a visit.