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.


  1. Was your grandmother alive to see the floods in 1938? Interesting context for her birth date and life.

    1. Hi, Marian. My grandmother Julie lived in Ontario in 1938, so wouldn't have been impacted by that terrible flooding in Quebec.