Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Date Your Grandmother Was Born

It’s Saturday and Randy at Genea-Musings has issued his weekly challenge to his readers.

Our assignment is to write a few things about the date our grandmother was born. Details like the day of the week, a newspaper headline for the date of her birth, historical events for the day, famous people born on that day, and last but not least, to post an article at our blog (or a comment at his blog).

1. My paternal grandmother Julie Vanasse was born on Tuesday, 31 August 1897 in Chapeau, Pontiac County, Quebec. Her baptism record, which I viewed at Ancestry, states that she was baptised on 6 September 1897, following her birth one week earlier on 31 August.

2. I have a subscription to, so signed-in there. Under “Papers”, I chose “The Evening Journal” (Ottawa, Ontario) for August 31st. One of that day’s headlines was “Bread Goes Up Another Notch”. Local (Ottawa) bakers decided to increase the price of a large loaf of bread to 12 cents, due to the rising cost of flour.

3. I searched Today in Canadian History for historical events that occurred on August 31st. Here are five of them:

• 1666: Intendant Jean Talon takes the first census of New France (Canada).

• 1896: First motion picture in Toronto is screened at Robinson's Musée at 81 Yonge Street. Toronto.

• 1938: Torrential rains hit St. Lawrence Valley; 12 persons killed in flooding and landslides.

• 1940: RCAF planes join RAF in first bombing attack on centre of Berlin.

• 1955: Church of England in Canada changes its name to The Anglican Church of Canada.

4. I found famous people born on August 31st at Today’s Canadian Birthdays:

• 1789: Peter McGill, businessman, politician, second mayor of Montreal.

• 1807: John Young, Lord Lisgar, Second Governor-General of Canada (1869-72)

•  1825: Robert Dunsmuir, [Canadian] coal mine and railway developer, industrialist and politician.

• 1931: Jean Béliveau, Montreal Canadiens hockey centre.

• 1932: Alan Fotheringham, [Canadian] journalist, wit.

I’m done!

Copyright © 2018, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Did Your Father Love To Do?

It’s Saturday and Randy at Genea-Musings has issued his weekly challenge to his readers. With Father’s Day tomorrow, Randy asks, “What did your father really like to do in his work or spare time? Did he have hobbies, or a workshop, or did he like sports, or reading, or watching TV?”

Dad was a welder by trade and worked all over Ontario and Quebec, Canada, from the early 1950s until about 1979. He really liked this kind of work and he was very good at it, too. After we moved to British Columbia in 1979, Dad welded mostly for himself (like repairs on his MACK dump truck), but also for neighbors when they asked for his help with a project.

Trucking was Dad’s second favorite job, whether it was in partnership with his brother Ray building roads in the mountains between Hope and Boston Bar (here in B.C.) in the 1980s or when he drove snow plow trucks for the local highways department in the winter months to supplement his income.

Dad didn’t belong to service or sports clubs, not because he didn’t think they weren’t worthwhile, but because he liked the freedom to choose what he wanted to do and when he wanted to do it.

In the 1960s, Dad liked fishing, particularly for doré (I think it's walleye in English), abundant in Ontario where we lived. He had the usual gear, like fishing rods, reels, and tackle. What I liked best of all that stuff were the fly lures. At six or seven years old, I found their multi-coloured feathers pretty to look at, but nasty if I accidently pricked myself with a barbed hook.

Dad discovered the fun of CB radios in the 1970s. He was quite the enthusiast and bought himself a base station, desk mic, and an antenna tower.

When Dad more or less retired from trucking in the 1990s, he took up metal detecting. He treasure-hunted everywhere, from the field across the road by our house, to English Bay beach in Vancouver. When he and Mom travelled in the summer, Dad made sure his metal detector went with him.

Maurice Belair in Vancouver BC in 1996
Metal detecting at English Bay, Vancouver (1996)

Copyright © 2018, Yvonne Demoskoff.