Lewis, Charles William and Janie
Charlie is the eldest son of Sid and Cora
(Haight) Lewis. He was born at Makinak,
Manitoba on July 17, 1920. His family moved to
Crandall in March 1926. He attended the
Crandall school and the Chumah United
Church. He spent his boyhood days helping his
dad on the farm, formerly the homestead of his
grandfather. In 1942 he joined the Canadian
Army Service, serving in Canada, Britain, and
Europe. While there he met and married Janie
Thom of Mauchline, Scotland. After the War
they returned to the Crandall-Hamiota district
and spent 47 years farming here. In 1947 they
had the heartbreak of losing their first born son.
Their second son, Sidney John was born in
1949. He married Terry Webber in
December 1973. Their history will appear
elsewhere in this book. In 1992 Janie and
Charlie bought a house in Hamiota and plan on
enjoying a long retirement.
Lewis, Irvine Sidney
Irvine was the second son born to Sidney
Smith and Cora Elizbeth Lewis at Makinak,
Manitoba on June 1, 1922. The family moved to
the Crandall District in March of 1926. He
attended the Crandall school and the Chumah
Church. He helped his father farm until 1969,
the time of his father's death. He then farmed
for his mother and also purchased land of his
own. He married Esther Nett in February 1983.
He suffered a heart attack in June of 1983 and
passed away at the age of 61.
Lewis, Jack and Ruth
Jack was born and raised at Crandall,
in 1936. In 1954, he was employed
with the Royal Bank in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
January 10, 1959, he married Ruth Anderson of
Roblin, Manitoba. We started our married life in
Winnipeg, then had transfers to Shoal Lake,
Portage la Prairie, Beausejour, Atikokan,
Ontario and lastly, Crystal City, Manitoba.
Our family consists of four children:
Reginald John (1959), Wayne
Allan (1961), Kathleen Ann (1964) and Bradley James (1965).
In 1971 we moved to Crystal City and lived
above the old bank. In the spring of 1973, we
purchased the yard site and 25 acres on 13-2-12
from Harvey Smith and Les McKitrick.
Jack was the bank manager here for fourteen
years and in November 1984 after thirty years of
banking, we took over managing the Shell Bulk
dealership. We also have a 100-cow/calf
operation, and raise registered quarter horses.
Jack is an auctioneer for farm and household
auctions, and does the cattle auctions at Pilot
Mound Auction Mart.
Reg died accidentally on May 5, 1997. His
wife Janet and two children Kyle (9 years) and
Amanda (7years) live in Oakbank, Manitoba.
Wayne and Lisa with two boys, Gregory (15
years) and Michael (11 years) live in Belmont,
Manitoba. Wayne drives a truck for Praxair and
Lisa is a Teacher's Assistant at a Hutterite
Colony and secretary for Belmont School.
Kathy and Garry Avery farm at Clearwater,
Manitoba and have four children, Nicole (14
years), Jennifer (9 years) Krystal (7 years) and
B.J. (Billy- 6 years). Garry drives a school bus
and Kathy is a Teacher's Assistant at Pilot
Mound school. Brad and Janie live in Crystal
City with their two children, Megan (4 years)
and Matthew (2 years). Bradley drives a truck
for Agro Tech and Janie works for the Royal
Retirement is fast approaching for us, and
we plan on retiring here. Jack will always have
to have a cow and horse around.
Lewis, James Wesley and Family
James is the fifth child born to Sidney Smith
and Cora Elizabeth Lewis. He was born
February 9, 1929 on the home farm at Crandall.
He worked for neighbours for seven years on
their farms. Then for seven years he was
employed with the Manitoba Telephone System.
In February 1963, he moved to Portage la
Prairie, Manitoba and worked for 28 years for
Campbell's Soup. He is now enjoying
On May 1, 1971 he married Joan
Carruthers. She was born at Grandview,
Manitoba. She worked for Mutual Insurance,
Campbell's Soup, drove a school bus for 13
years and is now employed as a Corrections
Our son Howard Mark was born in
1970. He lives at home at the present and is
employed as a cook at the Prairie Manor. He has
a daughter Tempest Dawn who is three years
Our daughter Kori Leigh was born
in 1972. She took her education in
Portage, and is employed at the Wee World Day
Care Centre. Kori married Jim Roe on March 6,
1993. Jim works for Sooter Studios.
Lewis, Rodney and Bernice (nee Kirk)
We are continuing on with farm life- still at
the farm we moved to in 1960, formerly owned
by my Kirk Grandparents and. Uncle Mip Kirk.
Our four children grew up here on SE 8-14-24,
the elder three attending school in Crandall for a
few years, but moved to Hamiota to complete
Anita graduated in 1973 and went to
Brandon, Manitoba that summer to the
University to upgrade her music theory. She had
taken piano lessons from Vi Smith for 10 years,
and was now ready to enter the School of
Music. After one year, she decided to get
married. She and Gordie Allan (born and raised
in Hamiota, but by then was residing in
Brandon) were married on July 13, 1974 and
celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in
1999. They have two sons, Dale and Darren,
who have both graduated from the Brandon
University. Dale is now a Corrections Officer at
the Brandon Correctional Institute. He is
married to Tanya Strain of North Battleford,
Saskatchewan. They met in University, and they
have a three-year-old son, Dylan. Darren studied
Business Administration and is still searching
for a position in his chosen field. In the
meantime he is employed as a Service Assistant
at Sleepland. Anita works at the university and
over a six-year period of night and summer
school courses, received her B.A. in Business
Administration in 1993. Gordie works at
Webber Printing as a Sales Manager.
Our second daughter, Anne attended the
Brandon School of Nursing upon graduating
from high school, and started her nursing career
in The Pas, Manitoba in 1977. She was there for
two years, and married Bud McLaughlin of The
Pas on October 10, 1981. They moved to
Estevan, Saskatchewan where he is a
journeyman machinist at Waterflood Sales and
Service and has worked up to the foreman
position. Anne has been nursing for 22 years.
They have three daughters; Stacy is 18 and
looking ahead to university, Jodi is 6 and in
school and Brittany is 3.
Don had been helping on the farm as he
grew up, but after high school, was hired at
Henderson Distributing, a wholesale lumber
company in Brandon. He was in the office, then
moved on to become a travelling salesman. He
was there 14 years before deciding to find
something more fulfilling, and now works at
Foreman Honda in Brandon. He married Jo-Anne
English of Brandon on May 29, 1989 and
they have a daughter Samantha who is 9.
Doug works on the farm with his Dad. They
have worked as high as ten-quarter sections, but
are now starting to cut back. Doug is buying a
section from us, and also works for both Prairie
Concrete and Wheat City Concrete throughout
the spring, summer and fall. He is single and
lives in Hamiota.
When our children were younger, Rod
served on the Crandall Rink Board and was also
a director of the Manitoba Pool Elevators. After
Crandall school closed and the children
transferred to Hamiota, he was the Secretary
Treasurer for the Hamiota Minor Hockey
League, and managed and coached some
baseball and hockey. He was on the Hamiota
Hall Board, and has now been a director of
Hamiota Co-Op Ltd. for 12 years. In 1999 we
sold the last of our cattle, so for the first time in
48 years, we own no cattle. As well as the cattle
we sold all the livestock related machinery, so
there's no chance of re-entering livestock
production. Rod has really missed doing chores
this winter, as he has only one cat to feed each
day. One of his interests in later years has been
a modest collection of antique John Deere two-
cylinder tractors that he tries to maintain in
parade ready condition. For years, whenever
anyone asked him when he was going to quit
work, he'd tell him or her, that as soon as it
became work, he'd quit farming. He still loves
farming and the work involved is his favourite
past time. But with the present worldwide
depressed grain prices and the ever-increasing
costs of production, most of the joy has been
taken out of farming. At 72, for the first time
ever, he's starting to consider retirement.
I, Bernice, am still active in church and
community work. I sang in the Hamiota United
Church Choir for many years, and now try to
help out occasionally with the Senior Choir.
I have been in the U.C.W. for many years and
have held most of the offices, some of them
many times over, but am glad I was able to do
my share, and I'm still helping out where I can.
Our Chumah Ladies Club has disbanded, but we
managed to be an organization for 45 years after
our church closed in 1953, and we "girls" still
get together for coffee from time to time to keep
Our life is not as busy as it used to be, but
we're thankful to have good health and
happiness as we approach retirement years.
Lewis, Sidney John and Theresia Marie
An update on Theresia (Terry) from the last
history book is as follows. I completed my
education at Hamiota Collegiate, graduating in
June 1973. I worked at Schimmell's Dutch
Bakery after graduation until December 28,
1973. At this time I married Sid Lewis of
Hamiota. We resided in the town of Hamiota
until the fall of 1977, then moved to our farm 4
1/2 miles west of town at NW 9-14-24 where we
Over the years Sid worked at the Co-Op
lumberyard and IGA grocery store in town until
1979 when he gained employment with the
Blanchard, Hamiota, Miniota, Woodworth
Weed Control district as Weed Supervisor
where he is still employed.
Our first son, Nathan James, was born
in 1979. After completing all his
education at Hamiota School, he attended
Assiniboine Community College in Brandon
where he completed Level 1 in carpentry. At
present he resides in Hamiota. He enjoys
hunting and trapping.
Our second son, Adam Michael was born in
1983. He is currently completing
his education at Hamiota Collegiate. He is a
volunteer leader with the Hamiota Cubs and
Scouts, and is a member of the Strathclair Air
Cadets. His future is unknown at this time. He
enjoys motorcycles, music and ATV's.
Our third son, Patrick Scott, was born
in 1992, being the New Years baby at
Hamiota that year. He presently attends
Hamiota Elementary school. He belongs to the
local Boy Scouts as a Cub, and enjoys riding
horses, motorcycles and ATV's.
Around 1979 we began accumulating Jersey
milk cows, just for milk for the house. Then as
the herd grew, shipping cream and finally
shipping milk from 1993 to August 1999. At
this time we decided to sell our milk quota and
herd of 60 registered Jersey cattle, hoping to
ease into a normal lifestyle.
I worked in the Hamiota Post Office from
1984 to 1993 until the dairy demanded more of
my time. After selling the dairy, I have come to
be involved in woodworking and work part time
at Rawlings Home Hardware in Hamiota.
Over our married life we have been involved
with whatever activities the kids were in. As
well, we enjoy horseback riding and cross
country skiing when time allows. In 1984 Sid
was chairman of the Hamiota Centennial
Committee, and is now chairing the 2000
Millennium Committee. In addition to the dairy
and our jobs, we also ventured into sheep, mink
and upholstery for a few years. Presently Sid
keeps a few silver foxes and does some fur
trapping during the winter months. As for the
future? Who knows, but no doubt it will be
After graduating from high school in
Crandall in 1954, Lyle joined the Royal Bank in
Miniota, Manitoba. This was the beginning of a
banking career that would span some 43 years.
In 1958 Lyle married Margaret Scarth of
Isabella, Manitoba. They lived in Winnipeg,
Manitoba in the early years of their marriage.
Their four children were all born in Winnipeg:
Bruce in 1961, James in 1963, Douglas in 1966
and Carol in 1967.
It was in 1970 that a transfer with the Royal
Bank took the family to Freeport, Bahamas.
This began a series of moves that brought many
new and interesting experiences. Over the years,
subsequent postings included Montreal,
Kingston, Jamaica, New York, Barbados,
Toronto, Honduras, and the Cayman Islands.
Now retired, Lyle and Marg live in the
village of Midhurst, Ontario near Barrie, just an
hour from Toronto in one direction and an hour
from their cottage in Muskoka in the other
direction. They now have time to enjoy their
family of six grandchildren who range in age
from one to eight years.
Bruce and Sheila (Jellifo) and their children,
Meagan and Jeffery live in Brampton, Ontario.
Bruce is employed by Canadian Tire and Sheila
operates a daycare.
Doug, Karen (Willis) and their children,
Vicky and Spencer, also live in Brampton. Doug
works for Scotia Bank and Karen is employed
by the Province of Ontario.
Jamie and Lea Francis live in Toronto.
Jamie works for IBM. Lea is a high school
teacher in the York region. Carol lives in
Seattle, United States with her husband, Scott
Morrison and their daughters, Julia and Olivia.
Carol stays at home with her children. Scott is
part owner of Jorvey Roofing Company.
After completing Grade 11 at Crandall High
School in 1952, Ron attended Brandon College
in 1952-53. He taught on a permit at a one room
school near Morden, Manitoba in 1953/54 and
completed the Teacher Training program at the
Provincial Normal School in Winnipeg,
Manitoba in 1954/55. Upon graduation, Ron
began a 35-year career in Education, all in the
St. James School Division. He was a classroom
teacher for ten years, a vice-principal for two
years and an elementary school principal for 23
years at four different schools. During the early
part of his career, Ron obtained through night
school and summer school, a B.A. degree in
1962 and a B.Ed degree in 1966. Ron retired in
June 1990 and presently resides on Winchester
Street in St. James with his wife Linda Daniels
(married in 1983) and daughter Catherine (born
Catherine presently attends Silver Heights
Collegiate. Because Linda is busy with her
career as principal of Crestview Elementary
School, Ron has assumed the role of house
manager and thoroughly enjoys it.
Ron also is very proud of his two children
from his first marriage to Joyce Bertnick
(married in 1961). Brent born in 1963 is now the
recreational director at Boissevain, Manitoba.
Brent his wife, Clara Lamb, have one daughter,
Megan. Bonnie, (born in 1967) works as a
library technician for the Thunder Bay Hospital
Littlejohn, W.Spence and Barbara G.
Spence Littlejohn, second son of Thomas
Monroe Littlejohn and Catherine Hyndman, was
born in 1910. In 1934 he married Barbara
Wallace, born in 1911, third daughter of Robert
Bruce Wallace and Barbara Sutherland. Other
than a few short years, Spence and Barbara
lived all their lives in the Miniota Municipality.
Their only absences from the municipality were
when Spence attended university in Winnipeg,
when he later served with the Royal Canadian
Air Force during World War II, when Barbara
attended Normal School and when she taught
school in the Rorketon area in the early 1930's.
Following their marriage, they farmed south
east of Arrow River, the farmhouse being
located on 20-13-25. Their three children were
born there, Ron in 1935, Lyie in 1937, and
Catherine in 1939.
It was during the 40's and 50's that the
Littlejohn family was most closely associated
with Crandall. With Spence overseas during
WWII, Barbara and the three small youngsters
resided in Crandall. Both Ron and Lyle attended
elementary school at that time. In 1945,
following Spence's discharge from the Air
Force, the family returned to the farm at Arrow
River. The children then attended school at
Arrow River until their high school years,
Between 1949 and 1954 they returned to school
in Crandall. Even while attending Arrow River
school, the family was still very much a part of
the Crandall community, taking part in various
sporting activities, attending Saturday night
movies and shopping in town. The Littlejohn
family has many fond and happy memories of
time in Crandall, and believes the education
received particularly the high school level under
the guidance of George Dibblee, provided an
excellent foundation for future endeavours.
Barbara and Spence continued to farm until
the 70's. In addition, Spence provided valuable
tax advice and assistance to farmers, merchants,
and residents of the surrounding communities
for many years. The months of February, March
and April were extremely busy for Barbara and
Spence in the preparation and completion of
income tax returns. They remained on the farm
until Spence's sudden death of a heart attack in
1983. Following his death, Barbara sold the
farm and purchased a home in Miniota,
Manitoba where she lived until 1998. At that
time the house was sold and she moved into
Parkissmo Lodge in Miniota where she still
resides. During Barbara's 17 years in Miniota,
she has been a keen participant in a variety of
seniors' activities and enjoys and takes
particular pride in her 10 grandchildren and 14
Long, Douglas John and Darlene (nee Webber)
Douglas John Long was born in Stonewall,
Manitoba in 1938. He attended school
in Crandall. Upon completion of high school, he
worked at Lawlor and Strange until he got his
gas fitters license. He then worked for George
Kennel as a furnace installer.
He married Florence Elsie Darlene Webber
(Reid) on March 2, 1974. Doug adopted
Darlene's two daughters, Penny Suzanne and
Patricia Louise. Doug then drove fuel trucks for
Cliff Lyng, Gulf Oil in Hamiota, Imperial Oil
agent Garry Kidd and later with Shell Oil from
Decker. He had a change of occupations and
started to work at Bruces Four Seasons in
Virden as a Recreational Vehicle Technician for
10 years, until becoming employed with the
Rural Municipality of Miniota. Doug currently
works as waste manager.
I have worked for 26 years as the Crandall
Postmistress, mother and TOPS coordinator. We
purchased the Crandall store form Sheila
Wallace in 1975, moving the Post Office to that
location. The store was closed in 1977 and we
moved the Post Office back to our house.
Our daughter Lynda Leigh was born in
We enjoy camping, fishing, travelling,
gardening and old time dancing. In 1999 we
bought a new mobile home and the lot next
door. We moved the Post Office over to that
location and attached it to the mobile home. Our
daughter's Penny Voth, Pat Larret and Lynda
Long's histories will appear elsewhere in this
Lynda Leigh graduated from Hamiota
Collegiate in June of 1995 with her high school
diploma as well as a degree in floral design.
After living and working in Brandon for 1 year
as a florist and running her own licensed
daycare, she moved to Winnipeg. In 1998 she
attended school to get her Class 1A license.
Lynda also obtained her diploma in Interior
She currently lives in our old house when
she isn't on the road for a transport company out
of Winnipeg. Driving a semi has provided her
the opportunity to see much of the country. She
and her partner Steve Carlisle have travelled
from Vancouver to Edmonton to Montreal and
all the stops in between. She has also been to
many states in the USA such as Georgia, Texas,
Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Long, Walter and Vera (nee Douglas)
Walter retired from the railroad in 1977, and
they remained living in Crandall. Walter, due to
his years of railroading was a man of habit. He
always went to Miniota on Fridays, Virden on
Saturdays, and they usually went for a Sunday
drive to somewhere in Manitoba or
Saskatchewan. The rest of the week was spent
on his gardens. During his retirement years,
Walter took great pride in his yard and garden
and also spent many hours mowing grass around
the town to keep every thing looking neat and
Vera passed away on April 11, 1992. Walter
moved into Park Residence in Hamiota in
October 1996 due to failing health, and passed
away on March 11, 1997. They are buried in the
Long, Wayne and Harolyn
I was born in Hamiota, Manitoba in
1951. I am the youngest son of
Walter and Vera Long. I attended school in
Crandall for grades 1-8, and then I attended
Hamiota High School. As a youth, I was
involved in Tyros- a Christian boys group,
baseball and hockey. During the winter, my
second home was the local rink skating, playing
hockey and curling. As a teenager, I had a paper
route and was the caretaker for the United
Church and the rink.
At 18, I left Crandall and moved to
Cranbrook, British Columbia, working for the
B.C. Forest Services the first summer, fighting
forest fires. In September 1970, I was employed
with the local sawmill where I worked for two
years. I always had a dream of being a truck
driver and admired the big trucks that used to go
through Virden. In the fall of 1972, my dream
became a reality when I went to work for Scott
National in Cranbrook. I have been in the
trucking industry ever since.
In 1973, I met my first wife Mary Haug
from Waterton Park, Alberta. In the summer of
1973, we moved to Lethbridge, Alberta where
we lived for three years. In the spring of 1974,
Mary and I were married in Waterton Park. In
1974, we saw the arrival of our
daughter Kimberly Irene.
In November of 1976, I accepted a position
with Direct Systems in Cranbrook, B.C., so we
were on the move again. We lived there until
1984 when Direct closed their Highway division
and I was transferred to Lethbridge.
In 1987, Mary and I were divorced.
In 1988, I met my present wife, Harolyn
Craig of Calgary Alberta. In February of 1989,
we were married in Las Vegas Nevada. Harolyn
has two sons Denton and Wylie who reside in
In 1992, we moved to Creston, British
Columbia where we operated a feed business for
awhile. This was a good learning experience and
we met many wonderful people.
In 1994 we moved to Coaldale, Alberta
where I drove and then was a dispatcher for a
grain hauling trucking company. In September
of 1999, I suffered a heart attack and had a
successful angyogram performed.
Since January 2000, I have been employed
with Mullen Trucking of Alderside, Alberta,
south of Calgary. After driving for six months, I
have been transferred to dispatcher with one of
their subsidiary companies. Cascade Carriers of
Calgary. After I have tried this position for a
month or so, we plan on moving to the High
River/Calgary area which will enable us to be of
more assistance to Harolyn's aging parents.
Kim is living in Lethbridge and has two
children, Kaley and Jayden.
Lyng, Clifford Jennings Joseph and Stella
Maude (nee Warren)
Cliff was born April 6, 1908 at Fertile,
Saskatchewan. Stella was born January 15, 1914
at Amulet, Saskatchewan, the third child of
Wallace Martin Warren and Maude Adams.
They were married November 15, 1937. Cliff
had a bulk oil dealership at Crandall for 38
years. They resided in Crandall until Cliff
passed away September 11, 1974. After Cliff
passed away Stella sold her house and moved to
Virden, Manitoba where she lived until her
passing December 19, 1987. They are buried in
the Crandall cemetery.
Cliff and Stella had three children, Wallace
Clifford Barry, born in 1938, Bonnie
Marie, born in 1941 and William Bruce
born in 1943.
Barry married Lynda Rae O'Connor in
1962. Barry worked in tire shops, eventually
owning his own in Virden until 1984. Since that
time he has been employed as a school bus
driver for Fort La Bosse school division. Lynda
has worked as a nurse in the Virden hospital for
the past 32 years and has retired as of June
2000. Lynda and Barry have two children,
Shelley Rae, born in 1962 and Kelvin (Kelly)
Barry, born in 1964. Shelley is married to
Randy Slater and has two daughters, Kaylee and
Jenna. Randy owns Randy's Mens wear in
Virden and Shelley is a registered nurse
working at Virden Hospital. Kelly is married to
Cheri Pringle and they have three children,
Adam, Rae and Kelby. Kelly and Cheri live on a
farm in the Oak Lake, Manitoba district. Kelly
runs Neild's Auto Body shop in Virden and
Cheri is a registered nurse working at Virden
Hospital. Barry and Lynda are still busy with
horses and following grandchildren around the
Bonnie married Archie (Orest) Zubrecki in
1966 in Calgary, Alberta. They had four
children. Tracy married Rosa Delia Longa in
Medicine Hat, Alberta. They have two children,
Zachery and Mikala. Michelle married Blaine
Harrison and lives in Dauphin, Manitoba.
Trevor lives in Airdrie, Alberta. Cory has one
son, Cee Jay and lives in Virden. Bonnie moved
back to Crandall in 1980 and in 1981 she moved
to Virden and has worked as a Nurses' Aide in
the Sherwood Nursing Home for a number of
years. She had the privilege of looking after her
first school teacher, Miss. Johnson (Mrs. Borland).
William Bruce married Kathryn Shaw of
Nesbitt, Manitoba on October 1, 1966. Bruce
was employed by the Manitoba Telephone
System for 33 years, taking early retirement in
1996. Kae retired from the Canadian Imperial
Bank of Commerce in 1988. They currently live
in Winnipeg and have two daughters. Tanna
Marie, 1967 and Tara Colleen, 1968. Tanna
Marie was married in 1995 and lives in Grand
Prairie, Alberta. Tara Colleen was married in
1990 and lives in Winnipeg. Tara has one