Nankivell, Dennis Keith
By Lena Lawrence
Dennis, son of William and Eileen
Nankivell, and youngest of seven children, was
born in 1943 in the Miniota Nursing
Home. He grew up in the Crandall district. He
farmed with his parents until the farm was sold
in 1972 when they moved to Hamiota.
Dennis began work for the town in 1973,
and continued until he became disabled due to a
deterioration of the knee. He retired from work
Dennis has always enjoyed giving a helping
hand, first to his parents and to the seniors in
town. He takes a special interest in his nieces
and nephews and keeps in touch with his
brothers and sisters and their activities. He has
become involved with playing shuffleboard in
the seniors' games at the Hamiota Community
Nankivell, Lawrence John
I was born in 1930 on a farm near
Miniota, Manitoba. I was the third child of
seven born to Mr. and Mrs. William E.
I received my education in Crandall school
and after my schooling, I worked as a labourer
on local farms. I then moved to Virden,
Manitoba and drove a truck in the oil fields. In
1956, I worked in Carnduff and Alida,
Saskatchewan hauling oil. In 1957, I moved into
Minto, Manitoba and drove a transfer for
Wallace Bros. In 1959, I purchased the transfer
and changed the name to Lawrence Transport.
On April 6, 1963 I married Phyllis Margaret
Little in Regina, Saskatchewan. Phyll was the
fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Little. She
was born in MacGregor, Manitoba on June 12,
1924. In 1925 she moved to Minto with her
family to join her father who was a blacksmith
Phyll received her education in Minto and
after completing her schooling, she worked as a
clerk for the Rudds in their General Store. She
later became a telephone operator. She retired as
Chief Operator in 1964. Phyll led an active
social life in Minto, helping with many bridal
showers and was always ready to lend a helping
In January 1966, a little eight-month old girl
joined our family. Her name was Leslie
Michelle, born in 1965. In 1967, a
little sister for Michelle joined our family,
Shannon Eileen, born in 1966.
Michelle and Shannon attended school in
Minto and Boissevain, Manitoba. Michelle
graduated in 1982, and Shannon in 1983.
Michelle attended the Brandon University for
four years. Both girls currently reside in
Brandon, Manitoba and both are employed by
the Manitoba Telephone System. Shannon and
Ray McLachlan are proud parents of Clinton
Daniel, born in 1994.
I became employed by the Minto Co-Op for
a short time. I was also a caretaker and icemaker
for the Minto rink for a number of years. Phyll
and the girls spent many hours helping me there.
I was also caretaker of the cemetery and water
plant, and also drove a bus for the Turtle
Mountain School Division.
In July 1984, I started driving for Nankivell
Trucking in Kisbey, Saskatchewan. Phyll and I
moved from Minto to Kisbey in July 4, 1984,
Before leaving Minto, Phyll and I were
honoured by a large gathering at the Minto hall,
We had many fond memories of our lives in
Phyll developed heart problems in 1961, and
after many ups and downs with her health, she
passed away in the Regina Hospital March 23,
1987. Her service was held in Minto Church on
March 27, 1987. The church was full once
again, showing great respect for Phyll and her
family. Phyll was laid to rest in the Minto
I continued to work for Nankivell Trucking
in Kisbey until my retirement in 1995. I moved
to Souris where I could be closer to my girls in
Brandon. Since then I have purchased a home in
Boissevain, Manitoba where I am thoroughly
enjoying my retirement. I spend a great deal of
time camping at Killarney, Manitoba, going to
dances, and enjoy my old and new friends from
The Dorothy Coupland family has adopted
me as one of their own, and we have many get
togethers and great times.
I always enjoy returning to Crandall to
renew old acquaintances.
Nankivell, Stan and Lorraine (nee Long)
Stanley Earl was born at Crandall
in 1935; he is the 6th child of William
and Eileen Nankivell. He took his schooling at
Crandall and at an early age quit school and
went to" work for various farmers around the
area. In 1959, he worked in Brandon for the
summer and in September of that year started to
work in Kenton, Manitoba for Lawlor and
Strange where he remained for 30 years.
On September 22, 1962 Stan married
Lorraine Long of Crandall, only daughter of
Walter and Vera Long. We were married in the
Crandall United Church. I was born in Miniota
in 1942 and at an early age my
family moved to Crandall. I took all of my
schooling at Crandall and then worked for the
Manitoba Telephone System as a switchboard
operator in Hamiota. After our marriage we
lived in Hamiota for 3 months then moved to
Kenton where I transferred to the telephone
office there, where I worked until 1972 when
dial phones came in. In 1982 I started to work
for Bob Curtis (fuel dealer) and worked there
until 1992. In 1980 we started to farm and in
1983 we purchased the Souter farm just north of
Kenton. In 1990 we built a shop on the farm and
started our own tractor repair business. We are
still involved in this and in 1993 we purchased
another 1/2 section of land east of Kenton.
Over the years we were involved in 4-H,
both Stan I taught 4-H and Stan was also a
volunteer fireman for several years. We both
belong to the legion in Kenton. I taught Sunday
school, was also Superintendent and was active
in the figure skating club and hockey clubs.
We had 2 children. Sheldon Mark was born
in Hamiota in 1968. He took his
schooling at Kenton and Hamiota. Sheldon
played hockey and in his teen years decided to
curl. He delivered the Brandon Sun for 7 years
and belonged to the 4-H club for several years.
He was very active in the farm activities, and
really enjoyed it. In 1985 he was diagnosed with
Hodgkins disease. He graduated from Grade 12
in June 1986 and then took 1 year of agriculture
at the Assiniboine Community College in
Brandon, Manitoba. Sadly he passed away on
December 8, 1989 in the St. Boniface Hospital
in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is buried in the
Greenwood cemetery at Kenton.
Heather Gayle was born in Hamiota in
1970. She also took her schooling at Kenton
and Hamiota. Heather was a member of the
figure skating club, 4-H, Sunday school and also
delivered the paper for 7 years. She graduated in
1988 then took a secretarial course at the
Assiniboine Community College in Brandon.
She then worked for 4 years. On October 16,
1993 Heather married Bill Feschuk from
Hamiota. They were married in the Kenton
United Church and have lived in Hamiota since.
Heather works in the Super Thrifty Drug Store
and Bill in the Co-Op store. They have 2 sons,
Derek Mark, born in 1996 in Brandon
and Kyle Ryan born in 1998 in Brandon.
Nankivell, William E.
William and Eileen Nankivell moved to
Hamiota, Manitoba in October 1972. Their new
home was situated at 35 Lilac Avenue. They
enjoyed their corner lot where they could look
out of their kitchen window and see the open
countryside to the west.
William suffered a heart attack and passed
away in the Hamiota Health Centre on
September 27, 1973. He is buried in the
cemetery at Arrow River, Manitoba.
Eileen continued to enjoy her home and
garden and the friendship of friends and
neighbours. Her greatest joy was centred on
her children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren. She was a good cook and her
family still likes to make favourite treats that she
Eileen became ill in January 1987 and was
hospitalized until her death in the Hamiota
Health Centre from cancer on March 12, 1987.
She was buried next to her husband in the
Arrow River cemetery.
Nolan, Garth and Marion (nee Henderson)
I, Marion, was born in Hamiota Hospital
in 1945, the youngest of Nelson and Minnie
(Mary) Henderson. I received all my education
at the Crandall School, and went on to graduate
from the Brandon General Hospital School of
Nursing in 1966. I was united in marriage by
Reverend Victor Bowins to Garth Nolan of the
Harding, Manitoba district in the Crandall
United Church on April 8, 1967.
Garth was born in the Virden Hospital,
in 1945 and has been employed by
the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce since
August 1, 1963.
I worked at the Manitoba Rehabilitation
Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba from
September 1966 to February 1969, attaining
Head Nurse status. Garth's work took us to Fort
Frances, Ontario where I worked at Emo Red
Cross Hospital and Rainycrest Home for the
Aged. Then on to Atikokan, Ontario where our
first son, Jamie Dean was born on January 30,
1971. Our last stop in Northwestern Ontario was
Thunder Bay from March 1972, to February
1973. We returned to Winnipeg and settled into
the North Kildonan area where we still reside.
I worked at the Mini Skool Day Care until
our second son, Jarred Melville was born in
Jamie graduated from the University of
Manitoba, May 1994 with a Bachelor of Science
in Pharmacy. He married Debra Forester of
Thunder Bay on September 2, 1995. They are
employed as pharmacists with Canada Safeway.
Jamie and Debbie's son arrived at the Victoria
General Hospital in Winnipeg in 2000.
He is named Zachery Dean and is the first
grandchild for Garth and Marion.
Jarred graduated from the Red River College
in June 1996 with a diploma in Creative
Communication. He has been employed with 92
CITI FM radio and deejays for Hospitality
Since October 1988, I have worked at the
Gateway Nursery School, enjoying the freshness
of three and four year olds and especially
special needs children. Garth continues to work
for CIBC, but looks forward to a "package" any
Garth and I have been active in our
community for 24 years, in particular Gateway
Recreation Centre and River East Minor Hockey
Association. We directed and supported our
sons through their soccer, baseball, and hockey
years, then continued to volunteer for others in
the community. We enjoy our home, yard,
gardens and a bit of travelling. And of course
we enjoy our role as new grandparents.
Nykoliation, Gerald and Wendy (nee Cochrane)
Gerry and Wendy Nykoliation were married
on August 10, 1974 in Shoal Lake, Manitoba.
We lived in Winnipeg for a short time before
moving to the Two Creeks, Manitoba area in the
fall. In the spring of 1975, we purchased the
farm from Neil Wallace. Over the next twenty-
five years we have turned this farm into a
cow/calf feedlot operation. We have built many
new corrals and shed to house the cattle. In
1994, the old hip-roof barn was torn down and
replaced by a pole barn for calving. The other
older buildings are still in use today. As of
2000, this entire farm is sown down to hay and
pasture. The grain and straw come from the land
we purchased in the Woodworth municipality in
1981. As an interesting connection, this land in
the Lenore district was the home farm of Neil
Wallace's mother. Lily Barr. This was unknown
to us for some time. This land is known as
Barr's Lake. In 1998, we purchased the home
quarter of Jim Allan's (formerly Bill
We have raised a family of three. Allan was
born in 1974 in Winnipeg,
Manitoba. Allan took his schooling in Hamiota.
He has purchased the south half of 26-13-25
from Leonard Allan in 1998. He is presently
farming part time with us and working at
Redfern's in Kenton, Manitoba.
Kim was born in 1978 in
Hamiota. Kim completed her grade 12 in
Hamiota and then continued on to take two
years of Agri-Business at the Assiniboine
Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. She
is presently working at S.H. Dayton, the John
Deere dealership in Shoal Lake, Manitoba.
Cameron the youngest was born in
1984. He is presently going to school in
Hamiota and has no definite plans for the future.
Our family has been involved in the
Charolais purebred business for 21 years. The
family has taken in many cattle shows and local
fairs along with being involved with the Lenore
4-H club. Starting with Allan, at the age of 9,
we have been going to 4-H for 17 years. Allan
and Kim have completed their years in the
program, but Cameron is still heavily involved
with 4-H. Even though the kids are busy, they
can still be found at the local fairs and shows
with their "snow white cattle". Gerry and I have
also been active with the 4-H program, as both
of us have had our turn at being leaders in the
Lenore 4-H Club. I have also been a craft leader
for three years in the Hamiota 4-H club.
Our family has enjoyed our years in the
0'Connor, Ray and Marj
By Jan Carnegie
There have been a lot of changes in the
O'Connor family since 1971. Ray began renting
the land out to Brian Gardham somewhere
around the mid 70's. Marj kept busy with her
community activities, and helped the Cowling
family a couple of days a week. In the spring of
1981 Marj became ill, and on November 28,
1981, after a courageous fight with cancer, a
bright light in so many lives went out.
Their son Dan had married Debbie Fraser of
Hamiota in 1976. Ray, Dan and Debbie stayed
on the farm for couple of years after Marj's
passing and then Dan and Deb moved to
Hamiota, and Ray took up residence in Virden,
Manitoba. In 1986 Ray married Tillie Draper.
Ray suffered a severe stroke in 1988 and passed
away January 31, 1997.
Dan and Debbie now live in Virden where
Dan works for Morris Hauling. They have two
daughters, Shauna and Michelle and one
grandson, Danny who all live in Virden.
Daughter Lynda and her husband Barry
Lyng reside in Virden. Their family history
appears in the Lyng family history in this book.
Ray and Marj's youngest daughter, Carolyn
and husband Barry White, after being
transferred a few times by the Canadian
National Railway ended up in Melville,
Saskatchewan where they are now retired. Carol
and Barry had two sons, Bradley and Lyle and
one daughter, Coreen. Bradley and his family
live in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan where
Brad and a partner operate a heavy-duty repair
shop. They have two boys Barrington and
Brendon. Coreen and her husband, Tim Shultz,
run Nellie's BakeShop in Melville. They have
one girl, Melanie and a boy, Tyler. Lyle and his
wife Stacy live in Saskatoon and have a little
The O'Connor farm is now owned by
Vince Heaman and Edward Lelond and
although the old house stands empty and falling
down, the hearts of those of us who lived and
loved there will forever ring with the laughter
and joy we shared within its walls. Time has
marched on, but I will forever revisit those days
with a thankful heart.
A Tribute to Marj
By Jan Carnegie
Her life was simple
Her love was great
No need for wealth
No room for hate
To love was to live
To live was to love
The dear ones around her
Her Saviour above
Her door always opened
To any in need
A child in distress
A baby to feed
No problem so great
That a hug wouldn't cure
She taught us to live
And that love would endure
A day without song
Was a day without end
Her music remains
In our hearts like a friend
When the sun had gone down
At the end of a day
And her ears echoed on
With a child's laughter at play
She'd smile.. .all was well
What mattered the rest
Of the chores left undone?
She's had the best
The years have slipped by
And now we can see
That death has no sting
The grave no victory
Peel, Bob and Catherine (nee Littlejohn)
Catherine married Bob Peel of Miniota,
Manitoba in 1958. Bob was employed with
Anglo/Royalite/Gulf in the service station bulk
oil business. Through Bob's work, Catherine
and Bob and their family moved to Souris,
Deloraine, Oakburn, Reston and Melita in
Manitoba and Assiniboia in Saskatchewan. In
1976, Bob bought his Dad's farm and the family
moved to Miniota, where Bob farmed and
worked part time for Manitoba Crop Insurance.
Catherine worked for several years for the
Royal Bank and for the Canadian Imperial Bank
of Commerce. After moving to Miniota, she
worked in the office of the Rural Municipality
of Miniota for 22 years.
Catherine and Bob have a family of three.
Brian, born in 1960, Craig, born in 1961, and
Laurie born in 1962.
Brian married Joan Berry of Birtle,
Manitoba and they have two sons, Jeffrey and
Landon. They live in Virden where Brian is a
teacher and Joan is a pharmacist.
Craig married Leanne Brown of Birtle and
they have two children, Lyndsi and Colin. They
live in Winnipeg, Manitoba where Craig works
for the Toronto Dominion Bank and Leanne is a
stay-at home mom.
Laurie married Rodney Kliever of Elkhorn,
Manitoba and they have three children, Kristen,
Mark and Troy. They live in Deloraine,
Manitoba where Rod works for the Co-Op and
Laurie works as an activity director in the
Personal Care Home.
Catherine and Bob, both retired live in
Miniota where they enjoy community activites
and as well, have time for their seven
Preston, Frank and Myra
A lot of water has gone under the bridge
since 1971 in the Preston family. Our three
children are all through school and University,
and are busy at their various careers. Shirley and
Lloyd Gibson have run a store in Virden for
about 18 years. Lois has been nursing for nearly
30 years. She lives in Boissevain. Allan was a
Veterinarian in Hamiota for more than 20 years.
He is now Chief Field Veterinarian of Manitoba.
Frank and I continued farming and enjoyed
the life, as did everyone else in those days. Kids
coming home from various studies made life
interesting. We were able to have had the
pleasure of going on many bus tours. We saw a
lot of Canada and parts of the United States, as
we were from coast to coast on different tours.
Our, son Allan bought our farm in 1976.
Frank continued to help with the farm work, as
veterinary work kept Allan very busy.
We bought a house in Hamiota, and moved
in July of 1979. Frank still continued to go to
the farm to help for a few years. We enjoyed
town life and the senior activities at the
community hall in winter and lawn bowling in
Frank had a hobby of refinishing furniture,
which he enjoyed. Myra kept busy at
housekeeping, meetings, church, etc.
We both enjoyed gardening and flowers.
We moved into Lilac Residence in Hamiota,
December 22, 1997. We enjoyed living here.
There is plenty of company, and we have been
looked after very well.
Frank passed away January 1, 1999 at 87
years of age.
Quinn, Joseph and Ella
Joseph and Ella Quinn were among the early
settlers of Crandall. Their family of four
received their education in Crandall, and was
active in the community.
Sarah Christina (Sadie) Scott was born in
Crandall March 26, 1904, the eldest daughter.
She attended school in Crandall, going on to the
Brandon College to obtain her teaching
certificate as well as a degree in music. Her love
for music continued throughout her life. She
was a very accomplished pianist, and played at
many social functions in Crandall during her
She left Crandall to teach at a rural school at
Preeceville, Saskatchewan and later at Saltcoats,
Saskatchewan where she met Jack Scott. They
were married in the Quinn home July 27, 1927.
After honeymooning in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, they returned to Saltcoats to make
their home. They moved to Francis in 1929
where their daughter, Dona Noreen was born in
1932. That same year they moved to Regina
where their sons, John Dale in 1940 and Eldon
Bruce in 1942 were born.
Except for a period of five years when they
lived in Brandon, Sadie lived in Regina until her
death January 2, 1988.
Dona Noreen married Don Muirhead of
Regina. They have retired to Kamloops, British
Columbia after their active life at Hundred Mile.
They have a family of four girls, Carol, Darlene,
Nancy and Robin.
Carol and Norman Barton live in Kamloops,
British Columbia. Their son Douglas lives in
Hundred Mile, British Columbia and their
daughter Dawn Marie lives at Whistler, British
Darlene and Terry Teigen and their family
of Chad, Bradley, Michael, Sherry and Candice
live in Oliver, British Columbia.
Nancy and Brian Lindsay, and Darrell,
Christopher, Philip and Troy live in Seattle,
Robin and Rob Beaton, and Ashley, Sarah,
and Kevin live in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Velma Quinn, second daughter of Joseph
and Ella Quinn, married Ray Warren, and
continued to live in Crandall. Their son Vernon
was born there. At a young age, Ray passed
Vernon married Dolcie Jones and raised
their children, Steven, Brian, Dennis, Patty and
Ray in Ladner, British Columbia. They all
enjoyed outdoor life, mountain climbing and
boating with enthusiasm. Vernon built a 50-foot
Catamaran boat. They lived on the boat for 6
years. He did trucking, and liked the open road
until his retirement. He died in 1996, and Dolcie
predeceased him in 1994.
Velma later married Maurice Tyndall. They
spent their life in Leduc, Alberta and Vancouver
before retiring to Burnaby, British Columbia.
They were very active in their retirement. They
went for a ride in their car most every day, or
were at a senior's centre. They shared their love
of music and entertained with the piano and
violin. Maurice passed away in 1989. At that
time Velma moved to Edmonton to be near her
family and lived there until her death in 1992.
Leona, her older daughter, married Tom
Logi and lived in Edmonton. Two boys. Miles
and Mark and a daughter Cheryl were born.
Tom worked with A.G.T. until his illness and in
1986 passed away. Leona met and married
Morley Campbell and moved to Pigeon Lake,
Alberta spending winters in Arizona.
Merne, younger daughter married Elmer
Arndt. Their family of four is very much a part
of the family business. Merne and Elmer are
partially retired and spend much of their time at
their summer home at Pigeon Lake. It is the
scene of many get togethers with family and
Dorothy Quinn, youngest daughter of Joseph
and Ella Quinn, married Wes Runchey and lived
in the Decker district, and died at her home
August 16, 1974. Wes died November 2, 1976.
Helen Bailey their daughter went to school
in Decker, one year in Crandall and on to
Brandon College to receive her teachers
certificate. She taught in Minnedosa, Manitoba
and has retired and lives in Minnedosa. Her son
David and his wife Maureen and family live just
outside Minnedosa. Her daughter, Diane and
Drew reside in Calgary, Alberta. Her younger
son Shawn and his wife and family live in
Dorothy's younger daughter, Shirley
Scarth's career was in nursing and her husband,
Barry Scarth was in the R.C.M.P. They are
enjoying their retirement home in the country
just outside of West Port, Ontario. They have a
family of four; Allan, Terry and family are
living in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Michael, Alicia
and family are in Toronto, Ontario; Robert,
Aline and family live in Ottawa, Ontario; Karen,
Jeff and family live in London, Ontario.
Vincent, youngest and only son of Joseph
and Ella Quinn, was born in Crandall October
19, 1912 and passed away July 8, 1996 at his
home in Vernon, British Columbia. He left
Crandall for Saskatchewan where he took his
Grade XII and attended teachers college in
Regina and obtained his teaching certification.
Because schools were hard to get at that time, he
returned and worked around Crandall until his
marriage to Marjory Catto. She says she heard
him sing and was swept off her feet.
Their first home was a teacherage at a rural
school, and they spent twenty-two years in the
Earl Grey district. After ten years of teaching,
Vincent became a bookkeeper and later became
a manager of Earl Gray Cooperative, a strong
movement at that time.
They moved to Swift Current, Saskatchewan
where they owned and operated a Dairy Queen
and an A&W for the next thirty years.
For several years they spent winters in
Arizona. Vincent and Marjory always became
involved in all activities of the communities in
which they lived.
At Earl Grey their two children were born:
Bernice in 1935 and Wayne in 1941.
Bernice graduated from Dental Hygiene at
the University of Toronto. After graduation she
worked for fifteen years at the university. Their
move west brought them to Edmonton where
three children were born Debbie, Gwen and
Debbie and Andrew Giles live in Edmonton
with their children, Erin and Alexander; Gwen
and Dr. A. Knight reside in Edmonton; Chris
and Brenda live in Calgary.
Wayne graduated from Swift Current and
went on to University in Saskatoon and Calgary.
His life was spent in Commerce and
Development in Weyburn, Lethbridge and
Edmonton. He spent two convalescing years in
Vernon, British Columbia until his death May
Vincent and Marjory shared 62 years of
their married life. The pictures were taken at
their 50th anniversary. Marjory still resides in
Vernon, a convenient distance from a golf