Babiuk, Ed and Edna
Edward David Babiuk was born October 13,
1929 on the family farm in the Assiniboine
Valley, Miniota, Manitoba. At the age of 15 he
began a long career with the Canadian National
Railway at Uno as a water boy and progressed
to a labourer. In 1948 he met Edna and they
were married on April 17, 1952 in Winnipeg,
Many times Ed was known to walk the five
miles to work at Quadra in the middle of
snowstorms. After hours he was often known to
go to work for local farmers around Arrow
In the years from 1954 to 1969, the Babiuk
family grew to eleven children. One twin died
in 1965 and a little girl died many years ago.
From 1957 they lived in a two-bedroom house
in Crandall with the nine children, then moved
to Arrow River on a farm. As the children grew
they left home.
Edward passed away on November 27,
1996, and Edna passed away on March 24,
1999. They are both buried in the Crandall
The Babiuk Children
Vivian D. McLean - Born in 1954.
Vivian is presently living and working in
Winnipeg with her daughter, Petrina L.
Chris R.B. Dunning- Born in 1956.
Chris attended school in Crandall, Hamiota,
Birtle and Virden. Chris left home at the age of
16 to raise her son, Doug. She worked part time
in Virden and went back to school to graduate in
1976 with a Business Diploma. Chris worked
as a medical secretary for Virden Medical
Associates from 1976-1984, and also worked
part time as a bartender/waitress for the Royal
Canadian Legion. She is presently employed
with the rural municipality of Wallace as an
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer since
1986. Chris married Bruce Dunning on April
23, 1976. They built a home on Queen St. and
raised their three children. In January 2000,
Bruce and Chris separated; however, both are
working in Virden, Manitoba.
Doug lives in Calgary with his daughter,
Stacy Lee Dunning- Born in 1980 is
presently attending University, then going on to
Winnipeg to complete her five year nursing
course. She also works part time in Virden.
Stacy is on the volunteer fire department, and in
her spare time, she looks after her colt and her
special friend, James.
Tracy Dawn Dunning -Born in 1981
attends Assiniboine Community College in
Brandon taking a Business course. Tracy and
her friend, BJ, purchased a condominium in
1999. They both attend school and work part
time in Brandon.
Edith R. Jessop- Born in 1957.
Edith lives in St. Lazare, Manitoba with her
husband Lorne. They have two children,
Edward and Kathy, and one grandchild,
Matthew Tyson Jessop. Edith presently works
Brenda Lee Babiuk- Born in 1959.
Brenda lives and works in Calgary, Alberta with
her friend, Larry, and her daughter, Jennifer.
David W. Babiuk- Born in 1961.
David works and lives in Calgary, Alberta with
his friend, Bev. David has one daughter, Jesika,
born in 1992.
Hazel A. Coyle- Born in 1963.
Hazel moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she
met her husband, Paul Coyle. Then they moved
to Calgary, Alberta. Paul and Hazel are now
raising their twin sons, born in 1999,
in Blackie, Alberta.
Edward J. Babiuk- Born in 1964.
Surviving twin of Richard J. who died February
18, 1965. Edward lives and works in Winnipeg,
Linda L. Babiuk- Born in 1968.
Linda graduated in 1986 from Murdock
MacKay Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Linda and her special friend, Chris, purchased
an acreage south of Beausejour, Manitoba.
Linda works for the CNR in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, and after hours they look after their
Mark W. Babiuk-Born in 1969. Mark
moved to Calgary, Alberta after Christmas
1999. He presently lives with his sister and
works at construction.
Bate, William James Dwight and Heather (nee Smith)
I, Heather Elaine, born in 1960, am
the sixth child, fourth daughter of Newton and
Betty Smith. I am part of a very large and
involved family, and had a very memorable
childhood in the small community of Crandall.
After high school at the Hamiota Collegiate,
I went to Winnipeg to further my education. I
took a year of nursing at the University of
Manitoba from 1978-1979. I completed my
nursing education at the Health Science Centre
in 1981. I worked at the Golden Door Geriatric
Centre in Winnipeg until 1982.
William James Dwight was born in
1959. After high school at the Rivers
Collegiate, he went to Winnipeg to take
Diploma Agriculture at the University of
Manitoba from 1977-1979.
Reverend Tom Delgaty married Jim and I on
July 24, 1982 in the Crandall United Church.
We built our house on Jim's home farm in the
municipality of Daly, NW 32-12-20 right next
to Lake Wahtopanah. We farm with his parents,
Donald and Donna, in a mixed grain and hog
operation. I continue to work at the Riverdale
Health Centre in Rivers where I have nursed
part-time since 1982.
We have two children. Ryan James Dwight
was born in 1983. He is an avid
sports enthusiast, participating in hockey,
downhill skiing, badminton, track, baseball and
volleyball. Ryan has taken two years of lessons
on his bass guitar and played in the high school
senior band until this year.
Kayla Rae was born in 1987.
Kayla also enjoys physical activities, playing
volleyball, basketball, baseball and loves
swimming and figure skating. She has taken 4
years of piano/keyboard lessons, participating in
the Rolling River festivals. She also plays
trumpet in the junior high school band.
Both children do well academically in their
courses at the Rivers Collegiate. Ryan is in
Grade 11 and Kayla is in Grade 7.
Jim and I have become very involved in our
community and with the kid's activities. Jim
coached Ryan's entire minor hockey and some
baseball. We are both involved with the
Riverdale Community Gardens many
committees. I have also curled with the Rivers
Ladies Curling club for many years.
Our daily life is busy but as a family we
have enjoyed camping trips and many friend
and family get-togethers.
Bates, Tom and Lorraine (nee Rudd)
The Bates family moved down from
Whitehorse, Yukon in 1974 to St. Albert,
Alberta. Edith Alice was born in 1975, a sister
for Terri and Laurie.
In 1982 the family moved to Saudi Arabia
where Tom managed an electrical company
serving, Yanku, a community on the Red Sea.
The main reward for the overseas work
were the many countries we visited including
Europe, Kenya, Thailand, Malaysia, India,
Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand
and finally Disney Land. In 1984 we returned to
Alberta. Tom continued engineering and
Lorraine went back to nursing.
1992 saw us celebrate our 25th Wedding
Anniversary. Les and Alice Rudd came out to
be with us. Tragically Alice suffered a heart
attack while at the cottage on Lac St. Anne and
passed away in an Edmonton hospital the next
day, August 7, 1992. All the family returned to
Crandall for her funeral on August 13, 1992. We
all sadly miss her.
Since 1993 to the present, Tom and
Lorraine have moved three times within
Alberta; Bonnyville, Edmonton and presently
reside in Calgary. Tom continues to work as an
engineering manager and Lorraine has been
nursing in all three locations.
Terri is married, lives in Canmore, Alberta
and teaches in Banff, Alberta. Laurie completed
degrees in Meteorology and Environmental
Science. She works at Environment Canada in
Edmonton. Edie followed in her dad's footsteps
and is an electrical engineer for Enbridge and
also lives in Edmonton.
Blair, Robert John and Mary Elizabeth
Submitted by Mark Blair
Robert and Lizzy with their four daughters
(Lil, Jean, Isobel, and Daisy) sailed from
Londonderry, Ireland on March 27, 1927 to
their new home in Canada.
After arriving in Canada on April 27, 1927
they settled on a farm in Crandall, 2 miles north,
2 miles east and 1 mile north on what was
known as the Condon farm, which is now
owned by the Preston family.
Born in Ireland
Lil- living in Rivers, Manitoba
Jean- living in Edmonton, Alberta
Isobel- living in Glenboro, Manitoba
Daisy- living in Beaumont, Alberta
Born in Canada
Bob- living in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mark- living in Calgary, Alberta
Dave- deceased buried in Brooks, Alberta
John- living in Calgary, Alberta
Ron- deceased buried in Rolling Hills, Alberta
Herb- living in Isley, Alberta
Florence-living in Edmonton, Alberta
Roy- deceased buried in Brooks, Alberta
Dorothy- living in Calgary, Alberta
In 1962 the Blairs sold the farm in Crandall
and moved to Duchess, Alberta to retire.
On June 22, 1966, Robert John passed away
at the age of 73. He is buried in Brooks, Alberta.
On April 27, 1975, Mary Elizabeth (Lizzy)
passed away at the age of 74. She is buried in
Bomford, Claude and Joy
Claude Bomford was born on a homestead
in the northern Interlake country at Ashern,
Manitoba, July 28, 1916. He received his early
schooling at Beatty school and at Ashem.
Claude arrived, with his parents, brothers and
sisters at Oak River, Manitoba in April 1928,
where he completed high school in 1931.
Claude married Joyce Bridgeman at
Bradwardine, Manitoba in 1941.
After farming at Rivers and Oak River, they
moved into the Palmerston district in October
1946, taking up residence on NW 4-13-25 (also
known as the "Bob Kidd" farm). In 1956, they
moved into Crandall to take over the store
business of the late J.T. Clark. This venture
came to a sad end in November 1959, when it
was destroyed by fire. Jack was attending the
Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan
at the time. The Bomfords were thankful to the
Claude Dickeys and the Russel Vances who
offered their homes to them, and to their friends
and neighbours who offered emotional support
and assistance at the time of their loss.
In February 1960, Claude obtained the
position of District Supervisor for the newly
formed Weed Control District and they moved
to Hamiota. Marge boarded with the Irvine's in
Crandall to complete her Grade 9 year. In 1961
they sold their farm in the Palmerston district to
Mr. George Gardham. Claude remained with the
Weed Control District until 1965, when they
purchased a farm three miles west of Hamiota
(Thornton farm.) For the next two years, Claude
travelled extensively throughout Manitoba and
Saskatchewan as Promotional Advisor with
chemical companies in the field of herbicides
and also worked with the Manitoba Department
of Highways. Joy enjoyed her employment at
the I.G.A. store in Hamiota during this time.
They both thoroughly enjoyed their
While in Palmerston and Crandall districts,
Claude was Councilor for Ward 5, Rural
Municipality of Miniota for 6 years, and also
served on the Board of Steward of the Crandall
United Church. Joy was instrumental in forming
the Palmerston Pals Ladies group and was
involved in the United Church Ladies group.
Claude and Joy have two children, Jack and
Jack works in the construction industry and
married Donna Kirk in 1962. They have two
children, Shaun and Michelle; both are married
and living in or near Calgary, Alberta. The
family had moved to Alberta from Virden in
1970. Shaun and Lisa have two little girls, Sarah
and Megan. Michelle and Allan have two sons,
Jesse and Jarrid, and a daughter, Becky Lyn,
born in 2000. Grandparents, great
grandparents and the rest of the family look
forward to hearing the latest story about what
the little ones are up to now. Claude would be
chuckling too, we know!
Marge and her son, Darcy, moved from
Brandon to Calgary to Vernon, British
Columbia in 1971 and 1978 respectively and
remain in Vernon. Marge remains in the
secretarial field and Darcy has established a dog
biscuit manufacturing plant and is also getting
into horse and cat treats.
Joy and Claude had moved from Brandon to
Calgary to Armstrong, British Columbia, then to
Vernon, British Columbia. Claude passed away
in March 1992, while living in Armstrong and is
buried there. Joy sold the Armstrong home and
moved to Vernon in the summer of 1992 where
she remains. She is enjoying activities like
shuffle board, bridge, cribbage, etc. as well as
going on bus tours a few times a year. She visits
her family in Alberta and goes to Manitoba
when she can to see her brothers and sisters and
to catch up on the latest news from home.
By Jack Bomford- dedicated to his father
His muscles tanned, this man of steel,
The best the world would know,
No doubt at all in my young mind;
I idolized him so.
Just drift my way back to that prairie farm
In nineteen forty-nine,
And see the place, the hopes, the dreams
That boyhood life of mine.
A two rut road thru' rolling sand,
And 'prairie wool' tufts blowing,
Where crocuses in springtime bloom,
A time for planting... growing.
To an old farmstead with maple trees
He's a hero, he's a legend
And I love him-
He's my dad.
Borland, Vera Lawrie (Johnston)
Vera was born April 9, 1906 and is living in
the Rideau Park Personal Care Home in
Bray, Al and Pat (nee Amy)
Patricia Dawn Amy, youngest child of Roy
and Dorothy Amy, married Allan Ivan Bray of
Lenore on September 3, 1966 in Crandall
United Church. They went to live in Birtle,
Manitoba where Al taught at Birtle Collegiate
and Pat worked for a short time in the Birtle
Al and Pat started their family with a son,
Steven Allan Bray, born in 1967 in
the Birtle Hospital. Their first daughter, Angela
Dawn Bray, was born in 1972 in
the Birtle Hospital. Their second daughter,
Debra Amy Bray was born in 1978 in
In 1974, Al and Pat bought a house in Birtle
where they still reside. Al continues to be
employed at the Birtle Collegiate where he
became the Vice-Principal in 1981 and Principal
in 1993. Pat has been employed over the years
in Birtle with Sally Ashcroft, Barkers Mens
Wear and Marcella's Ice Cream Emporium.
Steven, Angela and Debbie attended the
Birtle Elementary and graduated from the Birtle
Steven graduated from the Red River
Community College in 1995 with his diploma in
Civil Engineering Technology. Not having full
time employment Steven decided to work with
Rischuk - Park Realty in Winnipeg in 1996,
where he still enjoys working with the public
selling real estate. Steven married Becki Irwin-Towers
of Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 17,
1999 in the Birtle United Church. They now
reside in Winnipeg where Steven sells real
estate and Becki teaches in Selkirk, Manitoba,
she has been employed there for 5 years.
Angela graduated from the Brandon
University with her Bachelor of Education
Degree in 1995. She has been employed at the
Birtle Elementary school as a teaching assistant
and at the Birtle Collegiate as a teacher. Angela
married Bill Bowley in the Birtle United Church
on August 3, 1996. They live in Birtle with their
son, Brendan Thomas Bowley, who was born in
1998 at the Brandon General Hospital.
Bill has been a teacher at the Birtle Collegiate
since 1992. "Gramma" Bray takes great joy in
babysitting Brendan everyday while Bill and
Angela are at work.
Debbie is presently attending the University
of Manitoba in Winnipeg taking Geology.