Remlinger, Ernie and Laurel nee Henderson
Laurel Remlinger was born in 1938,
the eldest daughter of Nelson and Minnie
Henderson. I grew up in Crandall and was
educated there. I belonged to the C.G.I.T.,
Y.P.U., 4-H sewing club, Hamiota and Oakner
4-H calf club.
I was married in 1956 and of this marriage I
have four daughters, Melvena Ledoux, Hazel
(Robin) Bellamy, Leslie (Dwight) Dunlop and
In 1969 I married Russell Ernest Remlinger
of Estevan and we have one son, Darcy (Teena).
We are the proud grandparents of twelve
grandchildren. Deleena Sundi (Chris Clothier),
Scott (Tina) Sundi, Tina Vonau, Michelle
Falcon (Wendzina), Michael Wendzina,
Stephanie and Adam Dunlop. Thomas, Cory,
Jason and Bryden Casemore and Dyllan
Remlinger, two step grandchildren, Che'
Bellamy and Charmaine Pollock (Bellamy). As
well we have six great grandchildren, Chad
Sundi, Taylor Vonau, Alex Sundi, Jordan and
Autumn-Lea Wendzina, Austin Falcon and three
step great grandchildren, Darian and
Christopher Pollock and Jeff Blaumer.
Ernie and I moved to Saskatoon in 1982
where he works as the lead heavy-duty
mechanic in a shop and in his spare time he has
a small mechanical business out of the garage of
I am a self employed companion/caregiver
for elderly people in an Independent Living
Complex for those needing assistance but still
wish to live in their own home.
Richardson, Howard and Shirley (nee Angus)
My Dad, George Angus, was born on May
26, 1869 in Gamrie, Scotland. He came to
Canada, along with four brothers and two
sisters, and settled in the Scotia district. Later
Dad left the Scotia district and bought land east
of Crandall. He eventually built a house in
Crandall and moved there with his family. His
first wife, Clara, died in 1918. One of my
memories of my Dad was of him driving to
Hamiota with his model T Ford that was used
only for special occasions. He always kept it
cleaned and polished and in excellent condition.
I remember how he took the batteries out after
each trip. They looked like brown boxes,
nothing like the batteries of today.
I will always remember people from the
surrounding area putting their teams in our
stable when they came to take part in
community events. It didn't matter if it was
skating, curling, hockey, attending church going
to movies or to shop. What a change from the
Crandall we know now.
Dad loved to tell his grandchildren about the
times he drove his grain to Virden with oxen
and had to walk behind the wagon to keep
Dad and I always attended church together.
One of his weekly rituals was to clean his chain
and watch fob with bread and water until it
shone. Every Saturday evening, before he went
to bed, he wound the mantle clock. Dad rose
early every morning to eat his porridge with a
cup of milk. He would dip each spoonful of
porridge in the cup of milk. He loved his
garden and Mom did too. She just loved to
walk through the flowers, especially the sweet
peas and the gladiola he grew. Of course she
did all the preserving and canning of the fruit
and vegetables so we could enjoy the food all
My mother, Maude Adams, was born in
Palmerston Ontario. She had one brother and
eight sisters. Mom married my Dad in 1920, a
few years after the sudden death of her first
husband. Mom was a wonderful cook, she loved
company and when they dropped in for a visit
she could make a meal fit for royalty out of
what, it seemed to me at the time, was virtually
I can hardly remember our home without
boarders. Some of the students from Palmerston
came for the week and went home on weekends.
Crandall offered Grades 9 to 11 that were not
offered in Palmerston. Many teachers lived in
our home, and when they moved on, most kept
in touch with Mom for years afterwards. I
remember the young men "coming courting".
And quite a number of these teachers married
and continued to live in the Crandall area. My
mother would always see the best in everyone.
She never said a bad word about anyone. Both
Mom and Dad loved to have their grandchildren
drop in for cookies or buns and of course, listen
to Dad's stories of the past. They were good
days, no money but many good neighbours and
friends to visit with.
I was the only child of Maude and George
Angus. I took my schooling in Crandall and
was even able to take Grade 12 there. It was
one of the few years Grade 12 was offered in
our small town. I tried permit teaching for a
few months, but I was not cut out to be a
teacher. I was fortunate enough to get a job in
the Royal Bank at Shoal Lake, Manitoba that I
In 1952 I married Howard Richardson of
Miniota, Manitoba. Howard was the eldest son
of Arthur and Emma Richardson. After we
were married, we lived on his family farm, but
in 1961 we moved to Hugh Gibbon's farm north
of Miniota. In 1976 we moved to the Village of
Miniota, although Howard continued to
commute each day to attend his farming duties.
I started to work for the Rural Municipality
of Miniota in 1962. I really enjoyed the work
and remained at this job until I retired in 1990.
We were blessed with five children, who along
with their spouses and grandchildren are the joy
of our life.
Dale, our eldest son, born in
1952 has worked for the Department of Natural
Resources-Survey and Mapping since 1971. He
also farms in the summer along with his brother
Dennis. He married Karen Arnason and they
had one son Adam, born in 1981.
Adam graduated from Grade 12 in 1999 and
plans to further his education at the University
of Manitoba in the fall of 2000. Dale and Karen
later divorced. In February 1990 Dale married
Brenda Worden of Winnipeg. They continue to
live in Winnipeg and have two sons,
MacKenzie, 8, and Connor, 6.
In 1954 our twins, Dennis and
Debra were born. Dennis moved to Winnipeg
to work and secured a job with Manitoba Hydro
in 1975. His present position is District
Supervisor in Elie, Manitoba. In April of 1983
Dennis married Chris Rice of Starbuck,
Manitoba. They have three children, Lindsay,
14, Brittney, 12, and their son Justin, 10.
Debra is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and
has worked in a variety of positions throughout
the years. She is now employed in a community
mental health position for the Regional Health
Authority in Brandon. Debbie married Terry
Wikstrom of Nelson, British Columbia in May
1979. They reside in Brandon with their two
children, Nathan, 18, and Sara, 16. Nathan
plans on going to the University of Manitoba
Rosalie our youngest daughter, born in
1958, was a bookkeeper at Simplot until
1982. She married Dick Thomson of Portage
La Prairie, Manitoba in 1980. They have two
sons. Rick and Michael and two daughters.
Tasha, 18 and Andrea, 14. Tasha graduated in
2000 and plans to go to University in the fall.
Glen, our youngest son, was born in
1966. He is employed at Argus International in
Winnipeg. Glen married Adeline Labelle of St.
Rose du Lac, Manitoba in 1987. They live in
LaSalle, Manitoba with their two sons, Jordan, 7
and Derek, 5.
We are very fortunate to have our family so
close and have been able to watch our
grandchildren grow up and be part of so many
Howard Richardson passed away
accidentally on May 6, 2000.
Reid, Wayne and Judy (nee Smith)
Continued from Herb Smith's history in the
Chronicles of Crandall.
During the summer of 1970, our family left
Hamiota and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Wayne worked two full time jobs so that I could
stay home with the children. Once both
children were in school, I returned to teaching
for the Winnipeg School Division.
In 1972 we moved our family to an area of
Winnipeg called Transcona. We joined the
neighbourhood community centre. Kenny
played hockey. Pam took tap and jazz dancing
and began figure skating. Wayne played Old
Timer hockey and coached minor league
hockey. During this time, Wayne developed a
new interest, scuba diving. He became an avid
scuba diver, and participated in underwater
In 1976, our family moved to Fort Nelson,
British Columbia. Wayne worked at the IGA
bakery and for the veneer plant. While there,
Wayne also did some commercial scuba diving,
first for the Texas Demolition Firm and then for
the town. He was also a member of the search
and rescue team and a volunteer fireman with
the Fort Nelson Fire Department. I worked for
the Hudson Bay Company and sang with the
Fort Nelson Glee Club. Kenny played hockey
and Pam continued with her figure skating. We
had the opportunity for the whole family to go
on a fly in fishing trip to Trout Lake in the
North West Territories.
In 1977 we returned to Transcona, where we
lived for the next 6 years. Wayne began
working for DCA as Western Canadian
Territorial Manager. I worked for Natural
Bakery for 3 years. From 1980-1983, I sang
with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. Ken
played minor league football for 4 years, and
was showing great promise as a running back
until an injury forced him from the sport. Pam
continued with her figure skating. She also took
baton twirling and spent 2 years with the
Winnipeg Blue Bomberettes.
DCA transferred us to Calgary, Alberta in
the summer of 1983. I worked for the
Mindapore Day Care Centre. Ken worked at
Lake Louise and Pam worked at a riding stable.
We soon had horses of our own and spent many
pleasurable hours riding through the foothills.
While working for DCA, Wayne found
muffins to be a growing item. Research showed
that the gourmet muffin had not yet been
introduced in the United States. In September
of 1985, Wayne left his position with DCA and
we moved to Long Beach, California, where we
founded the Mega Muffin Company. On
October 1, 1987, we experienced the Whittier
earthquake, and at that time, decided we would
rather face winters in Canada, than experience
another large earthquake. We returned to
Canada in March 1988.
While Wayne and I were in California, Ken
moved to Gananoque, Ontario, where he
married and gave us our first, and so far our
only, grandchild. Melissa Ann Reid was born
Pam settled in Edmonton, Alberta. We now
reside in Calgary, Alberta. Wayne is Western
Canadian Sales Manager for Pillsbury. He
covers the territory from Thunder Bay, Ontario
to Victoria, British Columbia as well as the
states of Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
I have not worked for the last several years.
I enjoy being at home. It has left me free to
travel with Wayne when it is convenient.
In 1989, we moved a house trailer on to a
lakeside lot at Jackson Beach on Shoal Lake,
Manitoba. I manage to spend most of the
summer there. Wayne joins me when he can. It
is great having daily contact with Dad and Mom
as well as the rest of the family, who also have
cabins at the lake.
Our son Ken completed a Business
Computer Course at the Herzing Business
College in Winnipeg in 1992. He now resides
in Calgary and works at the Cargill Foods in
High River. His marriage ended in 1989.
Our daughter Pam still resides in Edmonton,
Alberta. Her love of children has led her into
the field of day care. Pam married in 1989 and
divorced in 1992. On August 5, 2000, Pam
married John Stubbs of Edmonton.
We are presently full time "parents" once
again. Our granddaughter Melissa, who had
been living with her mother in Winnipeg for the
past few years, came to live with us in April of
Our entire family enjoys alpine skiing
during the winter and golfing during the
By Sadie Gray (daughter)
Each time I endeavour to update the Gilbert
Robinson family history I find myself pouring
over the Chronicles of Crandall 1971, and
reminiscing about all the wonderful families that
my parents and ourselves were fortunate enough
to count as friends. Although many are gone or
scattered, and ways of life have changed, it is
still with great nostalgia that we travel back
through the area almost every summer, on a
sentimental journey. We spend time at the
lovely Crandall cemetery where many of our
family have been laid to rest and it is always
comforting to see how well the cemetery is
Aunt Ella Robinson, always the family
historian, who contributed the James Robinson
article in 1971, died in Brandon on March 23,
1974 and is buried in the Crandall cemetery. We
My mother, Lulu Robinson, contributed the
Gilbert Robinson portion in the 1971
Chronicles, and as the footnote shows, she
passed away December 13, 1969 and was laid to
rest beside my father, Gilbert Robinson, and his
parents, James and Martha Robinson in
Mother and Dad had one son and three
Hazel, the eldest, died January 21, 1995 and
is buried in Dauphin, Manitoba. She had two
daughters, both residing in Calgary, Alberta.
Linda had two children, Jeremy and Jennifer,
and one grandchild. Margaret has three
children, Douglas, Christopher and Jodi.
Etola resided in Abbotsford, British
Columbia until her death May 27, 1981. She is
buried in Abbotsford. She had two daughters,
Mary Lou, who resided in Abbotsford and had
two children Dayna, and Angela. Catherine
Ann, who lives in Vancouver, had two children,
Peter and Elizabeth.
My brother Warren and sister-in-law Ethel
resided in Brandon. Warren suffered poor
health for many years until his death September
4, 1997. Ethel resides in their family home in
Brandon. Warren is buried in the Rosewood
cemetery in Brandon. Warren and Ethel had
two sons, Dale and Donald. Dale resides in
Winnipeg; he has one daughter Cindy. Don had
three sons, Michael, Sean and Jared and four
grandchildren who all reside in the Sparwood
British Columbia area. Don passed away July 4,
1997 after a battle with cancer, and is buried in
Fernie, British Columbia.
Earl and I have lived in Calgary since we
left Manitoba in 1956. We have two sons, Bill
who lives in Ottawa, and David, who lives in
Calgary. Bill had two children, Adam and Paul,
and David has two children, Jaclyn and Megan.
Earl and I enjoy reasonable good health and
look forward to our next visit to Manitoba.
Robinson, Lloyd (Rob) and Marlene
Rob and Marlene came to Crandall in 1985,
from Winnipeg, Manitoba moving into the Dave
Richardson house where Marlene's folks. Cliff
and Jean Gray had lived for 20 years. When we
were doing some interior decorating we found,
behind a baseboard, a post card, dated 1910 and
addressed to W.J. Robinson. He apparently was
a teacher in Crandall.
Rob was born and educated in Waskada,
Manitoba. He served 25 years with the
Canadian Air Force. He has two sons from a
previous marriage. Tom works as a Computer
Analyst in Toronto, Ontario and Steve works
with Ontario Hydro.
Prior to their retirement Marlene was a
registrar for the Manitoba Association of
Registered Nurses in Winnipeg for 18 years.
She has 2 daughters from her previous marriage
to Jack Caldwell. Patti and Merv Bodnarchuk
and their three children live in Vancouver,
British Columbia. Lori Anderson resides and
works in Brandon, Manitoba.
Moving from the city to a small community
was a challenge for us. We were unaccustomed
to neighbours expecting to know what you were
doing and why and certainly we were not aware
that every community event was part of our
responsibility. But what better a community to
introduce us to this new way of living than
Crandall. It was a great 8 years.
We moved to Hamiota in 1993. We were
unable to find anyone interested in the house in
Crandall. Not wanting to see it vandalized or
become a safety threat, we had it torn down.
Robinson, William John
By Sybil Foster (daughter)
The following updates the family of my
father, William John Robinson, who taught
school in Crandall for some ten years. My
father died on January 27, 1947 and he and my
mother Clara were laid to rest in the Elmwood
cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba. My brother
James, also a teacher, lived in Toronto. He died
July 13, 1983 and he and his wife Marion are
buried in the Mount Pleasant cemetery in
Toronto, Ontario. They did not have any
My sister Eloise married Alan Mabee.
Eloise died February 28, 1989 and is buried in
Edmonton, Alberta. Alan still resides in that
city. They had three children: Don, Alan and
Jim and 5 grandchildren.
Elaine married Lorne Batten and they had
two children: Rae and Clare and four
grandchildren. Elaine died October 18, 1985
and Lorne on October 30, 1995. Both are
buried in the Greenwood cemetery, in Manitoba.
Myself, Sybil, married Richard Foster and
we were blessed with 6 children: Kevin,
Patricia, Michael, Susan, Stephan and David.
Richard died September 9, 1987. I have 19
grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
My brother James and sister Eloise were
born in Crandall. My twin sister Elaine and
myself were born in Elgin, Manitoba where my
father taught school after his years in Crandall.