Fonds 641 Dale Family Scrapbook fonds

Dale Family Scrapbook. — [1920-1982]. — 9 cm of textual records. — 94 photographs.

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Biographical Sketch

Harold ‘Ross’ Dale was born on September 8, 1893 in St. Andrew’s, Quebec to parents Samuel and Margaret Beggs. The Dale family later moved to Carleton Co., Ontario and when WWI started Harold was working as a farm laborer in Regina, Saskatchewan. Harold joined up in 1915 and served for the duration of the war, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning home Harold married Christina Boyd July 29, 1920 in Silton, Saskatchewan and they had six children Lloyd, Fred, Bill, Harold Alexander, Douglas and Sharron. At some point the Dale family relocated to Vandura, Saskatchewan but during the WWII Christina moved back to her father’s home in Silton as Ross and their two sons enlisted. Harold joined the R.C.A.F. and Bill with the anti-tank division of the R.C.A. While living in Silton the Dale family was quite active in the community, helping with major building projects and serving on the various community organizations. After the war the family eventually moved to Vancouver, B.C.

Harold followed the Kabalarian Philosophy and believed in applying outside principles in choosing your name. This led to his first name Harold becoming Hilton and later his surname changed to Shearing, his wife Christina also changed her name, and became known as Alice Shearing. Hilton Ross Shearing died January 12, 1985 in Vancouver, B.C. and was cremated, his wife Alice Shearing died September 12, 1988. Their son Bill married Erma Greta Gee on Dec. 17, 1946 and they moved to Grande Prairie in the 1970’s.

Custodial History

The scrapbook was donated by the great-grandson of creator: Mrs. Ross Dale (Alice & Hilton Shearing).

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of one scrapbook given to Mr. & Mrs. Ross Dale by friends and neighbours in Silton, Saskatchewan when the family moved from there in 1941.The scrapbooks consists of a program from the dedication of the Silton United Church window honoring the soldiers killed in WWI, the speech given at the Silton Memorial Window unveiling with a write up on each of the soldiers who it was dedicated to – Renwick W.H. Anderson, John & Thomas Ramsay, Eric Waterloo, Raynor Wright, George B. Flavell, W.J. Ross, Lieut. F. Atkinson and Comrade H.H. Williamson.and a financial statement from the church (1928); photographs of the building of the Silton Curling Rink (1936, 1937); Silton curling teams (1938-1941), a set of photographs from Winnipeg Special Operations Aviation Squadron in 1941, signatures, newspaper clippings of friends, family and events mostly in Silton, numerous obituaries, an invitation to the Boyd reunion, a letter from Betty (1980), a marriage certificate of William Norman Dale and Emma Greta Gee (1946) and a brief family history.

Some of the surnames that appear in the scrapbook are: Bonar, Beggs, Binnie, Burwash, Cowan, Burrows, Boyd, Kidd, Robertson and place names are Vandura, Arcola, Brookside, Earl Grey, Marieton, Silton in Saskatchewan as well as Vancouver, B.C.

Silton Station, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The exterior of the Silton Station in Silton, Saskatchewan.
Location: 0641.01
Don Dale & Cowen Children, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
Don with Doneal and Doreen Cowen. pg.11 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.02
Ivon, Doneal and Doreen, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
Ivon Dale, with Doneal & Doreen Cowen. pg.11 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.03
Dale & Cowen Families, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The Cowen and Dale families in Silton, Saskatchewan, Back row: Joe, Hilton, Alice and Ruth Front: Don, Ivon, Doreen and Doneal holding a purse. Pg. 15 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.04
Silton Station, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
A car parked by the Silton Station. There is a row of cream cans lined up on the side deck of the Station. Pg.17 of the scrapbook
Location: 0641.05
Harold Ross Dale & Christina Boyd, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 15 cm
Harold Ross Dale and Christina Boyd on their wedding day in Saskatchewan. pg. 34 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.07
Mabel Conn & Inez Bell, ca. 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 8.5 cm
Mabel Conn and Inez Bell, Bill Dale’s friends. Pg. 42 of the scrapbook
Location: 0641.08
Grandpa Boyd, ca. 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 9.5 x 12.5 cm
A photograph of an older man sitting on a step and identified as Grandpa Boyd.
Location: 0641.09
Ross Dale, 1940
2 photographs; b & w; various
Harold ‘Ross’ Dale on Christmas leave in Saskatchewan. In the two photographs he is wearing his uniform in one and has his army overcoat on in the other.
Location: 0641.10, 11
Silton United Church, ca. 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
Silton United Church in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg.63 of scrapbook.
Location: 0641.12
Dale Children, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 5.5 x 9 cm
Charlie C., Douglas, Fred, Sharon and Doreen Dale paying with a pony hitched to a small wagon, July, 1941.
Location: 0641.13
Sharon Dale on the Dray, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 5.5 x 8 cm
Sharon Dale sitting on the dray in at Grandpa Boyd’s farm. pg. 65 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.15
Doreen, Charlie & Joe, ca. 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
Doreen, Charlie & Joe.
Location: 0641.16
Charlie, Rita, Tilley & Doreen, ca. 1941
1 photograph; b &; 7 x 11 cm
Charlie, Rita, Tilley & Doreen at Saskatchewan Beach, July 22nd.
Location: 0641.17
Cowen Family, ca. 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The Cowen family standing by a truck.
Location: 0641.18
Leslie Baker, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 5.5 x 8 cm
Leslie Baker standing beside a vegetable garden. pg. 67 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.19
Silton Memorial Window, ca. 1928
1 photograph; b & W; 6 x 8 cm
The memorial window that was placed in the Silton United Church in Silton, Saskatchewan to commemorate the soldiers who fought in WWI. pg. 67 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.20
Williams – Lucas’ Leaving, 1946
2 photographs; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
People packing up their vehicle and a group picture. Captioned on the page “Williams – Lucas’s leaving on trip back to Silton Aug. 20, 1946”. pg. 74 of the scrapbook
Location: 0641.21, .22
Bert Williams, 1946
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
Bert Williams who was wounded in WWI and farmed at Silton. pg. 75 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.23
Olive & Robert Lucas, 1946
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 1 cm
Olive and Robert Lucas, probably in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 75 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.24
Mary Robertson Visiting Family, 1946
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 10.5 cm
“Auntie & Mary’s visit Aug. 1946 at 3833 E. Pender.” A group picture of Mary Robertson, Loraleigh Shearing, Aunt Christie Robertson, Alice Shearing and Shole Wales (?) . pg. 76 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.25
Alice & Mary, 1946
1 photograph; b &; 6 x 10.5 cm
Alice Shearing and Mary Robertson looking over the garden gate. pg. 76 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.26
Ladies Auxiliary B.E.S.L., 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7.5 cm
A meeting of the Silton Ladies Auxiliary of the British Empire Services League at Mrs. L. Cowen’s August, 1935. Mrs. Grills, Mrs. Hewson, Mrs. Dale, Mrs. Roxburgh, Mrs. McNie, J.C. Smith, Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Cowen, Miss Smitton, Mrs. Becher, Marjorie Roxburgh, Mrs. T. Metcalf and Mrs. N. Bell in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 79 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.28
Hauling Lumber for J. Elworthy’s Shack, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10.5 cm
Ross Dale hauling lumber for J. Elworthy’s shack, with four teams of horses outside the Lumber Manufacture Yard building in the spring of 1920, presumably in Silton, Saskatchewan. Other men in the photo identified as Lawrence Reis, Jim Moore, Jesse Elworthy, Ed Jacob, Chas. Sinclair, Bert Williams and Harry Gutteridge. pg. 79 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.29
Silton Ladies Aid, 1931
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8 cm
A meeting of the Silton Ladies Aid at the home of Mrs. A Hatton. Mrs. C. Sinclair, Mrs. Batty, Mrs. Roxburgh, Mrs. McLean, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Oliver, Mrs. H. Burrows, Mrs. P. Young, Mrs. T. Metcalf, Mrs. B. Metcalf, Miss M. Dale, Miss Minnie Dale, Mrs. E. Oliver, Mrs. R. Dale, Mrs. E. Jacob, Mrs. Hewson, Mrs. Sinclair (Sr.), Mrs. W. Morrison, Mrs. H.W. Fancy, Mrs. J. McGeogh, Mrs. Calrk, Mrs. E. Kidd, Mrs. B. Williams, Mrs. E. Cowen, Margaret Oliver, Mrs. J. Cowen & Charlie, Mrs. A Hatton & Allan Kydd.
Location: 0641.30
Phyllis Roxburgh’s Shower in Silton, Saskatchewan, 1925
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
Women of Silton, Saskatchewan gathered for Phyllis Roxburgh’s shower August 4, 1925. Mrs. Moore & Billie Dale, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Cowen, Mrs. Roxburgh, Mrs. Hatton, Mrs. Morrison, Lilian Russell, Mrs. B. Thompson, Mrs. Gilchrist, Mrs. Finlay, Mrs. B. Metcalf, Miss Goldsmith, Meta Hermann, Nell Hosie, Veda Baber, Olive Williams, Rita Tilley, Ruth Cowen, __ Ehmann, Phyllis Roxburgh, Jean Hatton, Grace Hayword, Marion Hayword. pg. 81 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.31
New Barracks S.E. Wing in Winnipeg, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 cm
A picture of men relaxing in barracks. “New Barrack Black, S.E. Wing, No.5 A.O.S. Winnipeg, Oct.28, 1941 – (The night everyone stayed in.)” Photograph signed by Jacobson. A mark in the back indicates that one of the Dale men is in the photograph. pg. 83 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.33
Prince George, the Duke of Kent’s Visit to Winnipeg, 1941
15 photographs; b & w; various
A series of photographs depicting Prince George, the Duke of Kent’s visit to Winnipeg. The photographs start with the plane’s arrival a Lockheed 12A, the Duke of Kent disembarking from the plane, meeting officials, inspecting of officers and men, and the Duke of Kent talking to some of the men, August 15, 1941. Some of the photographs are marked by the photographer Jacob.
Location: 0641.34-49
Silton, Saskatchewan Hay Curling Rink, 1936
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 13 cm
The exterior of the straw curling rink that was built in Silton in 1936. The rink was constructed with marsh grass that was cut and baled, poplar poles cut for uprights and branches. A discarded box car was the waiting room and electric lights were installed. The rink was quite famous being reported on in the U.S.A and overseas. In 1937, a grass fire destroyed the rink. Information found on pg. 100 of the book “From buffalo grass to wheat: a history of the long lake district.” This photograph is used on page 101 of the book. http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=2786
Location: 0641.50
Interior of the Silton, Saskatchewan Hay Curling Rink, 1936
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 13 cm
The interior of the straw curling rink that was built in Silton in 1936. The straw roof, branches and wooden poles and clearly visible. The rink was quite famous being reported on in the U.S.A and overseas. In 1937, a grass fire destroyed the rink. Information found on pg. 100 of the book “From buffalo grass to wheat: a history of the long lake district.” This photograph is used on page 101 of the book. http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=2786
Location: 0641.51
The Cowen Family, 1942
2 photographs; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
Mr. & Mrs. J. Cowen on their 15th wedding anniversary, May 3, 1942, also a photograph of their children Charlie and Doreen.
Location: 0641.52, .53
Pte. N.B. Anderson, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 15 cm
Two men in uniform standing by railway tracks, one of the men is Pte. N.B. Anderson of the Veterans Security Guards, presumably the other man is Ross Dale. The photograph is taken in Red Rock, Ontario, June 1941.
Location: 0641.54
Beggs Family, 1950
1 photograph; b & w; 15 x 15 cm
A gathering outdoors and in this photograph is Nelson Beggs, Emma McLeod, Grandma, Lizzie Beggs and Bertie Ingram.
Location: 0641.57
Willie Gottschal, Leslie Baker, Naida Supynuk, Pauline Ball, 1941-42
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Willie Gottschal, Leslie Baker Naida Supynuk, Pauline Ball for the Junior Bonspiel in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 127 of the scrapbook
Location: 0641.59
Curlers Allan Davis, John Dale, Helen Baker & Crispin Ball, 1941-42
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Allan Davis, John Dale, Helen Baker & Crispin Ball for the Junior Bonspiel in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 127 of the scrapbook
Location: 0641.60
Curlers Donnie Thompson, Thelma Harvey, Blanche Ball and Willie Supynuk, 1941-42
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Donnie Thompson, Thelma Harvey, Blanche Ball and Willie Supynuk for the Junior Bonspiel in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 127 of the scrapbook
Location: 0641.61
Curlers Mr. O. Baker, Mary Watkins, Inez Bell & Norm Bell, ca.1941
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Mr. O. Baker, Mary Watkins, Inez Bell & Norm Bell in Silton, Saskatchewan.
Location: 0641.62
Curlers Walter Doege, Dan Dale, Mary Bell and Harry Merritt, 1941-1942
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Walter Doege, Dan Dale, Mary Bell and Harry Merritt in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 129 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.63
Curlers Evelyn Tanner, Percy Baker, Ruth Cowen & Joe Cowen, 1941-1942
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Evelyn Tanner, Percy Baker, Ruth Cowen & Joe Cowen (skip) in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 129 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.64
The Dale Children, ca. 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The Dale children Lloyd, Harold, Bill, Fred, Sharon and Douglas in Silton, Saskatchewan.
Location: 0641.65
Joe Cowen, R. Brown, Ruth Cowen & May Burrows, 1938-1939
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Joe Cowen, R. Brown, Ruth Cowen & May Burrows in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 130 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.66
Curlers Trevor Jones, Evelyn Fancy, Mrs. L. Cowen & Ted Ball, 1938-1939
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Trevor Jones, Evelyn Fancy, Mrs. L. Cowen & Ted Ball in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 130 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.67
Curlers M. Thomson, Tommie Metcalf, Geo. Metcalf & Rev. Lalond, 1938-1939
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of M. Thomson, Tommie Metcalf, Geo. Metcalf & Rev. Lalond in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 131 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.68
Curlers Ross Dale, Earny Cathcart, Mrs. Supynuk, & Mrs. R. Dale, 1938-1939
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Ross Dale, Earny Cathcart, Mrs. Supynuk, & Mrs. R. Dale in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 131 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.69
Curlers Mrs. L. Cowen, Dick Tingey, Walter Doege, Geo. Supynuk, 1939-1940
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Mrs. L. Cowen, Dick Tingey, Walter Doege, Geo. Supynuk (skip) in Silton with the Grand Aggregate trophy in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 132 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.70
Curlers Gus Brandt, Betty Jones, Geo. Lewis & Reece Jones, 1938-1939
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Gus Brandt, Betty Jones, Geo. Lewis & Reece Jones with a trophy in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 132 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.71
Curlers Bill Dale, Guy Tanner, Ray Lewis & Geo. Lewis, 1938-1939
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Bill Dale, Guy Tanner, Ray Lewis & Geo. Lewis in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 133 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.72
Building of the Curling Rink in Silton, Saskatchewan, ca. 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The foundation is laid for the building of the curling rink in Silton, Saskatchewan. The men are moving rocks and there is also a large stack of planks by where they are working. pg. 134 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.73
Building the Silton United Curch, ca. 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 10 cm
A group of men, horses and wagons in the distance hauling stones and gravel to begin the building of Silton United Church in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 134 of the scrapbook.
Location: 0641.74
Building the Curling Rink in Silton, Saskatchewan, 1937
7 photographs; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
A series of photographs showing the building of the Silton Curling rink. It was built by volunteers in the fall of 1937. Workers in the pictures include Dave Dale, Bill Hibert, Bob Brown, Harold Burrows, Norm Bell and Lloyd Dale.
Location: 0641.75 – .81
Joe Cowen’s Rink in Silton, Saskatchewan, 1939-1940
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Bill Dale, Ruth Cowen, Mrs. M. Thomson and Joe Cowen in Silton, Saskatchewan.
Location: 0641.82
Curlers Jesse Elworthy, Bert Williams, Mrs. Gottschall & John Gottschal, 1939-1940
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Jesse Elworthy, Bert Williams, Mrs. Gottschall & John Gottschal (skip) in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 142 of the scrapbook
Location: 0641.83
Curlers Rev. Davis, Mrs. J. Don, Mrs. L. Cowen & Lloyd Dale, 1939-1940
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Rev. Davis, Mrs. J. Don, Mrs. L. Cowen & Lloyd Dale in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 143 of the scrapbook
Location: 0641.84
Curlers Murray Thomson, Dave Dale, Mrs. Supynuk & Leo Levinski, 1939-1940
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
The curling team of Murray Thomson, Dave Dale, Mrs. Supynuk & Leo Levinski in Silton, Saskatchewan. pg. 143 of the scrapbook
Location: 0641.85
Fairmede Cemetery Clean-Up Day, 1978
1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10 in.
The clean-up crew taking a break at the Fairmede Cemetery in Saskatchewan. Mac & Majorie McLeod, Uncle Tom Boyd, Chassie Ross (Doreen’s daughter), Tena McLeod Dean, Godfrey Reynolds, Fae, Alex McLeod.
Location: 0641.89
McLeod Ladies, ca. 1975
1 photograph; colour; 8.5 x 9 cm
L-R Lina Boyd, Mary Robertson, Kate Bonar Brooks, Mable Shakleton Sprague and Jean Warner at Robertson’s.
Location: 0641.91
Boyd Reunion in Langbank, 1982
1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10 in.
The Boyd Reunion was held at Langbank, Saskatchewan on July 31st & Aug. 1st for the descendants of William Boyd and Isabella McLeod. Their children is listed as Thomas Boyd, Mary (Boyd) Reynolds, Margaret (Boyd) Kidd, Lina Boyd, Christina Boyd (Dayle), James Boyd, William Boyd & Ann (Boyd) Matheson. The people identified in the photograph are Edith Kidd, __ Bustard, Marion Kidd, ___ Atwell, Walter Reynolds, Doreen Boyd, Lavona Dayle, Adele Dayle, Aunt Fae, Erma Dale, ___ Kidd (Jim’s wife), Doreen Boyd’s husband, Alex Dayle, Amy Reynolds (walter’s wife), Stewart Kidd, Marjorie (Kidd) Filljk, Ron Nondorf & Lois (Kidd), Jean Kidd, Isaobel Kidd, Christine & Godfrey Reynolds, Don Dayle, ___ Filljk, Bill Dale, Jim Kidd.
Location: 0641.94