From June 28 to July 1 1985 over 200 descendants of Arthur George gathered in Neepawa, Manitoba to celebrate the George family, and the 100th anniversary of Arthur's birth.


History of Arthur & Ethel George

by Bobbi Prawdzik


I would like to tell you all a little bit about my Grandpa and Grandma George.

Arthur George was born on May 18, 1885 in Roseneath, Ontario. He was one of 8 children born to William and Mary George.

He came to Springhill, Manitoba as a young lad and went to work for Albert Clark of Neepawa, where he met our grandmother, Ethel Dagg. Mrs. Clark was Grandma‘s Aunt Etta. Grandma was originally from Ontario also and had 5 brothers and 1 half-sister with another sister dying in infancy.

They married October 23, 1907 at Springhill and lived there a couple of years before beginning a long string of moves. From Springhill they went to Kelwood where they farmed for a few years, before moving west to Lacombe, Alberta to help Grandpa Dagg in the livery Barn. They moved back to Kelwood, farming again, and then taking over the livery barn in the early twenties. In June of 1923 they were on the move again, this time to the Tobormore district. From here they went back to Kelwood, then into Riding Mountain, then the Oak Leaf district, and finally in 1939 to Neepawa. Grandpa, Grandma,Velma, Verla,Roy, and Kelly came to Neepawa where Grandpa worked for Mr. Ego in the livery business until Grandma's death in 1949. Grandma worked just as hard as Grandpa all her life -
helping on the farm and helping others at threshing time. She always grew a large garden and did a lot of preserving of garden produce as well as wild fruit to help feed her large family.

After Grandma died, Grandpa went to Swift Current, Sask. with Auntie Verla and in 1954 married Clara Davidson. They had many happy years together before they died in 1976, 7 months apart. Grandma was 86 and Grandpa 91 years.

There were eleven children born to Arthur and Ethel George, Muriel, Luella, Gladys, Mildred, Russell, Orville, Marion, Roy, Velma, Verla, and Kelly. Seven of the children are still alive today.

Unfortunately, I don't remember my Grandma George (Ethel) very well, but I really loved my Grandma George (Clara) very much.

My remembrances of my Grandpa George are those of a warm loving man who was full of life. Who could ever forget him bringing us to our knees when he squeezed our hand? He always had a twinkle in his eye and liked nothing better than to tease us and get us going. He never changed in that respect, thank goodness! I remember taking my own children to see him in Swift Current and he treated them just like he had us when we were kids. They loved to go and see Grandpa and Grandma during the summer holidays and I remember wondering at the time who got more enjoyment from our visits as we have some really happy, beautiful memories of those times. Grandpa had a strong love of children and family - he thoroughly enjoyed the family get-togethers, having all his family with him. He had a marvelous sense of humour, loved any game of cards, and was one of the dearest men I've ever known. His children inherited many of these same traits and as I think about my aunts and uncles, I can‘t help thinking about what wonderful people they are - each and every one of them. I love you all! I thank God that He let me be part of this great family and I am truly proud to have been born a George!


Ethel Dagg & Arthur George

1) Muriel married Harry Hunt Carman, Gordon, Pearl, Doris,
Roberta, Babe(Muriel), Sharon
2) Luella married William Cartwright Joyce, Francie
3) Gladys married Hugh Moore Phyllis, Shirley, Audrey, Orville,
Linda
4) Mildred married George Dinsdale George, Dennis
5) Russell married Mickey Robert, Brian, Terry, David, Ian
6) Orville married Diana (Pat) Roberta (Bobbi), Judy, Jennie, Laurie
7) Marion married Geo. Byers Iris, Gwen, Lynn
8) Roy married Marie Cameron, Tommy, Brenda, Geraldine,
Holly, Donna
9) Velma married Alf Hegland Donna
10) Verla married Tom Reed Yvonne, Ron, Fran
11) Kelly married Margaret Randy, Wendy, Kevin

 

 

 

The George Family Reunion Held June, 1985

as given by Jennie McDowell (grand-daughter)


The following children were born to Arthur and Ethel George:

1. Muriel - March 19, 1908
2: Luella - May 13, 1909
3. Gladys - Sept. 6, 1910
4. Mildred - April 30, 1912
5. Russell - January 11, 1919
6. 0rville - April 13, 1916
7. Marion - February 24, 1917
8. Roy - August 8, 1921
9. Velma - June 3, 1925
10. Verla - May 25, 1930
11. Kelly- October 16, 1932


We asked each of the children or their surviving relatives to supply us with a brief history of their life and times.

Auntie Muriel was born in Springhill, Manitoba on March 19, 1908 the eldest of 11 children. She grew up mainly in the Kellwood, Riding Mountain, Oak Leaf area of Manitoba. She quit school after Grade 8 due to hard times, and thus, never realized her dream to be a teacher. She met Uncle Harry while working for the late Chas. Hunt. At the age of 16 years she married. Together, they raised a family of 2 sons, Carman & Gordon, and 5 daughters - Pearl, Doris, Roberta, Muriel (known as Babe), and Sharon who died during childhood. Auntie Muriel was well known for her huge garden and beautiful flowers. She did a great deal of canning and pickling from her garden, as well as the meat Uncle Harry brought home from his numerous hunting trips. Uncle Harry worked on the C.N.R.A. section crew until his retirement due to ill health. After his death, Auntie Muriel continued to live alone in the house in Birnie, until, she too was forced to move into hospital due to illness. She passed away at the age of 65 years. Auntie Muriel loved a card game and a good dance with lots of music and fun. I am certain she would have loved to be here this evening!

Auntie Luella was born in Kellwood, Manitoba on May 13, 1909 (Harriet Luella). As many of you know from experience, Auntie Luella is the one family member who manages to keep us all in touch. Her history gave a great deal of information about growing up in rural Manitoba in the early part of this century. I can assure you that her young years were much harder than most of us can claim. Her school years were spent in Kellwood, Lacombe, Alberta, Glenella, Birdtail, and Thunder Bay, Ont. There were always chores to be done from watering the cattle in the river a mile away during the winter to fetching the cows in for milking during the summer. Apparently, her horseback riding career ended abruptly after she fell off a horse while going to school at Birdtail. Auntie Luella quit school at about 14 years old and worked on farms for about 6 years earning from $5 - $20 per month. She met Uncle Bill in 1924 and after 4 years, they married.. They had two daughters, Joyce and Francie. After their marriage, they farmed a mile from where Uncle Bill was born for 38 1/2 years. Farming was mainly done with horses in those days. Work was the way of life, with stock to be cared for, threshers to be fed, pickling and canning to be done. There was always extra children about on weekends and during the holidays. She tells of the time Orville Moore drove Uncle Bill's tractor right through the garage and put the end out! The tractor wasn't harmed, but the shed sure needed repairs. And, then there was the time after milking a cow that Auntie Luella tripped over what she thought was a pile of dirt. It turned out to be a skunk! Leisure time was spent playing cards, going to dances at the school, playing baseball, and in more recent years - Bingo. After Uncle Bill passed away in 1968, Auntie Luella moved to Riding Mountain (1970). She has become an avid traveler. She plays Bingo; attends meetings; helps out where needed. Her busy lifestyle would exhaust many people much younger than she!

Auntie Gladys was born in Kellwood, Manitoba on September 6, 1910. Her schooling was mainly in the Kellwood, Riding Mtn., Oak Leaf area. School was 1 1/2 miles from home and often there was no fire to warm you on cold days. At the end of the school term, there was a picnic and a ball game. Grandpa called the square dances at the school. It cost 25 cents to attend. Each of the ladies took a lunch box. The band was composed of anyone who could play an instrument. A good time was had by all those present. Auntie Gladys tells of the time that she and Auntie Millie asked Auntie Luella for a chocolate bar that Uncle Bill had given her. After receiving a definite NO they took it and ate it anyway! Right about this time the two of them were sent across the creek to a neighbors to phone for a doctor. When they got back home, Auntie Velma had been born! Needless to say, the chocolate bar was forgotten. Auntie Gladys worked around Birnie, Springhill, and McGregor for $10 per month She met Uncle Hugh at a dance in 1937, and married hlm on June 15 1938 at home on the farm with her sister, Marion and brother, Orville standing up for her. Her flowers were lilacs tied with white ribbon. Since Uncle Hugh's death, she has continued to live ln Birnie, Manitoba. Together, they raised 1 son, Orville, and 4 daughters, Phyllis, Shirley, Audrey and Linda.


Auntie Millie was born on Aprll 30, 1912. She and Uncle George were married ln 1937, and had two sons, George and Dennis. Both sons now live ln Riding Mtn. Auntie Millie worked at the Assiniboine Hospital ln Brandon for 24 years. She tells of the time during her childhood when her gilrlfriend and her went to her friend's grandparents' without notifying her parents. Needless to say, she got a spanking for that little episode! And then there was the time, she tipped Auntle Marion out of her carriage when out walking her! Auntie Marion stlll carries a scar from cutting her leg on a nail while tobagganing with Auntie Millie. Since Uncle George ,assed away in January, Auntie Millie continues to live ln Brandon, Manitoba. She is also an avid traveller like many of her sisters.


Uncle Russell was born on January 11, 1914. Durlng World War II he served with the Army with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. He met and Married his wife Mickey while ln England. They ralsed 5 sons - Robert, Brian, Terry, David, and Ian. After the war he worked at one time as a cook for a lumber camp. For many years, Uncle Russell was a member of the Dragoons. He looked after the Armouries in Neepawa and in Brandon until his retirement. He and Auntie Mickey now reside in Cranbrook, B.C.

My dad, born Orville Harrison, in Lacombe, Alberta on April 13, 1916. He quit school after grade 8 to work on the farm. Dad served his country during World War II with the Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment. During that time overseas, he met and married his wife Diana (Pat to most of you). Together,they raised 4 daughters - Bobbi, Judy, Jennie & Laurie. He was a member of the XII th Manitoba Dragoons, and a Past Noble Grand of the I.O.O.F. Dad's working life was spent in the draying business; delivering milk and bread; and as a heavy equipment operator for the Department of Transport until his retirement in 1981. Dad passed away last September at the age of 68 years.


Auntie Marion was born on February 24, 1917 in Kellwood, Manitoba. As a young girl, she worked in Brandon while living with Auntie Millie. She met Uncle George while working in Dauphin. They were married in the house on the hill from the park. They had three daughters - Iris, Gwen, and Lynn. As Uncle George was in the Air Force for 25 years, a great deal of their life was spent travelling and they lived in many places including Portage la Prairie, Swift Current, Saskatoon, Trenton, Moose Jaw and Edmonton. They lived in Calgary from 1966 - 80, and then retired to Penticton, B.C. where they now reside.


Uncle Roy was born on August 8, 1921 in Lansdowne Municipality. He served with the XII th Manitoba Dragoons. He married Marie on May 15/49 and together they had 6 children - Cameron, Brenda, Tom, Geraldine, Holly and Donna. The family moved from Neepawa to Winnipeg where he delivered milk, and later to Edmonton (1961) where Uncle Roy worked for the Lillydale Poultry Co. He took an early retirement due to ill health. Heipassed away with heart problems in the mid-seventies.

Auntie Velma was born on June 3, 1925 at the Old Hinds place in Lansdowne Municipality. She came in a hurry before the doctor could arrive and was delivered by Auntie Luella. Auntie Velma went to Brandon to work at about 15 years of age. She also lived in Alberta and Swift Current where her daughter, Donna, was born. Auntie Velma met Uncle Alf in Ocean Falls, B.C. in 1948. She returned to Neepawa to care for Grandma until after her death in 1949. Then, she, Donna, and Uncle Alf moved to Prince Albert where they lived until 1953. They then moved to Edmonton where Auntie Velma works as an invoice clerk for I & S Produce. She has been with the firm for 18 years. Uncle Alf works for Crown Tire in Edmonton.


Auntie Verla was born on May 25, 1930. She went to Swift Current when she was 16 years old. She and Uncle Tom were married in 1947. They raised 3 children - Ronald Reid of Winnipeg, Yvonne of Swift Current, and Frances (Reid) Penner of Swift Current. Auntie Verla worked at the Safeway Store for 17 years. They have 6 grandchildren. Auntie Verla's hobby was life itself. She enjoyed everything she tried. She was a loving wife and mother. She passed away January 13, 1983 and is dearly missed by all who knew her.

And last, but by no means the least, the baby of the family, Uncle Kelly born Clarence Calvin on October 16, 1932 in Neepawa, Mb.
He joined the Army in 1951 and served his country during the Korean War. He married his wife, Margaret in 1958, and together, they raised 3 children - Randy, Wendy and Kevin. He was a career soldier and therefore, also spent a great deal of the time moving around. The family spent some time in Germany. After retiring from the Army, Kelly started working for the Calgary School Boards - Supplies Division where he still works today. He says he has no grandchildren yet, but is still hoping!