Hodgins, Ken and Donna (nee Smuttell)
We lived in Regina, Saskatchewan for 15
years (1965-1980) where our three children
were born. The Provincial Government
employed Ken in the Public Health field. Donna
was a stay at home mom involved in the church,
school and community activities. We have been
living in St. Albert, Alberta since 1980. Ken is
still working in Public Health. Donna enjoyed
nursing again for fifteen years and is now retired
and busy with hobbies and volunteer work. Our
children are living in St. Albert, Alberta;
Vancouver, British Columbia; and San
Francisco, California. We enjoy travelling and
have had several enjoyable trips to Hawaii,
Mexico, the United States, Britain and
Howard, Russell and Betty
Betty was born in 1933, the
oldest daughter of Roy and Dorothy Amy. She
received her education at Crandall, Hamiota,
Manitoba and at Winnipeg Normal School and
taught school at Lenore, Manitoba for two
On October 16, 1954 Betty and Russell
Howard, only son of Whitfield and Elizabeth
Howard of Miniota, Manitoba exchanged
wedding vows. Russell was born in
1928. At this time, Russell's parents retired to
live in Brandon, Manitoba while Russell and
Betty began their life on the mixed family farm
at Miniota, Manitoba.
They were blessed with three children:
Terrance Russell was born in 1957.
He received his education in Miniota, Birtle,
Manitoba and took a two-year course in
Electronics at the Assiniboine Community
College in Brandon. Terry has worked for 19
years with Sask-Tel in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan. He married Anna Farquhar of
Birtle on September 13, 1980. Anna was born
in 1959. They have three children;
Jeanine, born in 1983; Jason born
in 1985 and Tyier born in
Cynthia Marlene was born in
1960. She received her education in Miniota and
graduated from the Birtle Collegiate in 1978.
Cindy has worked for the Department of Natural
Resources in Winnipeg as Administrative
Secretary, for Brandon Mental Health Centre
and for the Department of Energy and Mines in
Virden. Since her eleven-year marriage to
Rodney Gardham was dissolved, Cindy has
been working for the Colt Engineering
Company in Calgary, Alberta.
Ross Whitfield was born in 1964
and received his education in Miniota, Birtle
and the Brandon Assiniboine Community
College, taking a two year Agricultural
Mechanics course. He worked at Clements in
Shoal Lake, Sherwood in Virden and had his
own shop "R and L Repair" in Rivers,
purchased in 1989. On August 6, 1988, Ross
married Leona Rae of Brandon. She was born
in 1965. They have two children
Whitney, born in 1990 and Jordan born
in 1994. In October 1997, upon retirement
of his parents to Miniota, Ross, Leona and
family closed the shop at Rivers and moved
home to the family farm.
On October 16, 1994, Russell and Betty
celebrated their 40th Anniversary when their
family hosted a social for family and friends in
their honour. During the past years they have
enjoyed golfing, curling and all community
activities as well as supporting the Anglican
In October 1997, Betty and Russell moved
from their farm to their new retirement home in
Miniota. They have enjoyed the last twelve
winters in Arizona or Texas as Snowbirds.
Hunkin, Larry and Doreen (nee Lelond)
Since 1971 there have been several changes
in our family. My husband Larry became ill in
the summer of 1971, and after trips to hospitals
in Hamiota and Winnipeg; he passed away in
Winnipeg on January 31, 1972. The funeral was
held February 4, 1972 from the Crandall United
Church to the Arrow River cemetery.
My daughter Wilma and I had moved to
Hamiota in November 1971 to be close to the
hospital. I never returned to the farm to live. I
rented the farm for two years and then it was
sold. Todav the owners are Ken Hunkin who
bought the north half section and Ron and
Wilma Campbell, the home place.
After working at various jobs Allan was
working in Brandon when he met and married
Debra Bullee of Brandon. They were married
January 28, 1972 and moved to Winnipeg,
Manitoba in 1975 and Langley, British
Columbia in 1985. They divorced in 1992. They
have one son Larry William born in 1972.
Larry attended school in Brandon, Winnipeg
and Langley. He now works with his dad in a
computer and Internet business.
Wilma attended the Hamiota Collegiate
taking grade twelve, later going to Winnipeg,
Manitoba to take a course at Angus School of
Commerce. On November 27, 1976, she
married Ken Badger of Shoal Lake. They had
one daughter, Karla Michelle, born in
1978. Ken was killed in a farm accident on
August 3, 1978. He is buried in the Shoal Lake
Karla attended school in Hamiota and is
attending the University of Winnipeg. She will
graduate in 2000. Karla plans to continue her
Wilma worked at the Hamiota Co-Op before
she met and married Ron Campbell of Isabella
on July 11, 1993. They have two daughters
Holly Maxine born in 1994 and Julie
Patricia Catherine born in 1996, Wilma
currently works at the Post Office in Isabella.
Beginning in 1972, I worked at the Hamiota
Hospital for nine years. I am now retired and
living in Hamiota.
My father, Wallace died in 1970 and my
mother Winnifred, in 1972. Both are buried in
the family plot in Crandall.
Our daughter, Marilee married Shayne
Minion in 1992. They make their home in
Edmonton, Alberta. Shayne is a geologist and
Marilee works for the Alberta Teachers
Association. They have adopted one son,
Our son Craig after completing school spent
two years in Mining Engineering and then
joined the R.C.M.P. when he was 19. In 1987 he
married Vonda Taylor of Swift Current,
Saskatchewan. They have two children, Sean
born in 1988 and Caitlyn born in 1991. They
make their home in Regina, Saskatchewan
where Craig is still with the force.
As for myself we continued to farm until we
sold in 1993 and retired to Hamiota. My wife,
Louise passed away in 1994 and is buried in
Crandall. We had been married 47 years.
In 1996 I married Janet Lassota of Pilot
Butte, Saskatchewan. She has two children. The
eldest son, Robert lives in Vancouver,
Washington, USA and Chris his wife Fiona and
daughter Emily are in Powell River, British
We reside in Hamiota and spend several
months during the winter in Weslaco, Texas.
I have many fond memories of my life in
Hyndman, John and Family
Since the last history, there have been many
changes in the immediate John Hyndman
family. Laura, the eldest daughter passed away
in 1977. Her husband, Charles Tanner
predeceased her in 1969. Harvey died in 1981,
and was survived by his wife Molly, resided in
Winnipeg until her passing, April 1, 2000 and is
buried in Virden. Katie and Ada continued to
live together in Chilliwack, British Columbia
until Katie's death in 1995. Ada recently
celebrated her 90th birthday and still resides in
Chilliwack. Lawrence and his wife, Pauline,
moved from Quebec to Chilliwack where
Pauline died in 1993 and Lawrence in 1994.
Wes, after the death of his wife, Muriel, moved
to Chilliwack and passed away in 1992.
The John Hyndman farm was owned by Ron
and Beverely Ann Coveney until 1996. It was
sold to Alan King of Hamiota.
Hyndman, Harvey S.
After retiring to Virden, Manitoba in 1967,
Molly and Harvey spent many happy years there
until Harvey's death in 1981. Molly moved to
Winnipeg in 1986 to be near her daughter,
In 1977 their daughter Kathleen, passed
away and her husband, Rev. James Maxwell
died in 1986. Both are buried in Virden.
Kathleen and James' children reside - David in
Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Ian in Norway House,
Manitoba, and Shelagh in Calgary, Alberta.
Margaret and her husband live in Winnipeg,
and their three sons are Denis, living in Calgary,
Michael in Vancouver, British Columbia, and
Alan in Winnipeg.
Molly now has six grandchildren and ten
Due to ill health, Molly resided in Deer
Lodge Care Centre in Winnipeg until her recent
passing April 1, 2000 at the age of 96.
Hyndman, Mrs. William E. (Georgina)
Georgina retired from nursing at the
Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon in
1976, and then moved to Virden, Manitoba. She
enjoyed her years of retirement by spending
time on the farm at Crandall, and travelling to
Hawaii, Florida, and Eastern Canada.
Due to poor health, she moved into the
Sherwood Nursing Home in Virden in 1995 and
in 1997 moved to the Salem Nursing Home in
Winkler, Manitoba to be closer to her daughter
and son-in-law, Beverely Ann and Ron