Campbell, Frank and Ivy (nee Douglas)
By Donna Lynne Campbell
Ivy Isobel Douglas was born on March 23,
1930, on the family farm in the Rural
Municipality of Miniota, Manitoba. She was one
of four daughters born to Donald and Grace
Douglas. Ivy received her education at
Palmerston and Crandall. She received a
teacher's permit and taught at a country school
near Goodlands, Manitoba. She then attended
Teachers College in Winnipeg, graduating in
1951. She taught at Oakner, Manitoba for one
year teaching grades five to eight.
On July 19, 1952 at the home of Donald and
Grace Douglas, Ivy married William Francis
Campbell, son of Reginald and Violet
Campbell. Frank was born July 2, 1921, on the
family farm in the Rural Municipality of
Miniota. He received his education at Blaris and
Isabella, Manitoba. On April 2, 1942, Frank
joined the Canadian Army. He served overseas
with the 8th Canadian L.A.A. Regiment RCA,
from 1942 to 1946, and returned safely to Blaris
to take over the farm.
In May of 1959, Frank and Ivy moved their
family to Roblin, Manitoba, where Frank
managed the National Elevator. In the fall of
1961, the elevator closed and Frank obtained
employment as a machinery salesman, later a
mechanic, for Keast Brothers. Keast Bros.
employed Frank until he retired in 1985. Ivy
began teaching again in 1963 and retired in
Their first child, Robert Douglas, was born
in 1953, in Hamiota, Manitoba.
Bob obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from
the University of Brandon in 1974 and went on
to obtain his Master of Divinity degree from the
Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto
in 1978. He was ordained as a Minister into the
United Church of Canada at Ashern, Manitoba
the same year. Robert's first pastoral charge was
at Holland-Cypress River, Manitoba where he
served the congregation from 1978 to 1989.
Robert is presently serving the congregation at
Westminister United Church in Winnipeg. He
married Linda Jean Cohoe on July 22, 1978 in
Pilot Mound, Manitoba. They have one son,
James Fraser Douglas Campbell, who was born
in 1993. Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts
degree and is presently substitute teaching for
several school divisions in the city of Winnipeg.
The second child, Reginald, better known as
Mac or Malcolm, was born in 1955 in
Hamiota. Malcolm obtained his Physical
Education degree from the University of
Manitoba in 1977. While at university, he
played hockey with the Manitoba Bisons. In his
final year, he was awarded the distinction of
Most Valuable Player, along with being judged
the top defenceman. Mac went overseas to
Germany to continue his hockey career, playing
for a team in Dusseldorf, for one year. For the
following four years, he played with a team
from Herne, returning to Canada in 1981.
Malcolm married Susanne Margaret
(Ferrier) Cummings on April 1, 1989 at the
Rosedale United Church in Calgary, Alberta.
They had three children all born in Calgary
where Mac and the kids are presently living.
Logan David Cummings was born in
1985, Andrew William was born in
1990, and Jennifer Grace was born in
1992. Susanne held degrees in Nursing and
Physical Education. She taught at the Mount
Royal College for ten years in the area of leisure
and communication. She was an expert in
volunteer management and wrote two textbooks,
one on entrepreneurship for the School Board
and one on volunteer management for the City
of Calgary. She had a major role with the Red
Cross in volunteer management. In 1996 she
started her own business. Susanne passed away
on December 16, 1997 after a courageous battle
with cancer. Malcolm is currently employed
with the Toronto Dominion Bank in Calgary.
Donald Neil arrived in the spring of 1959.
He was born in Hamiota. Neil attended
school in Roblin, Manitoba, graduating in 1977.
Following graduation, he went to work in
Winnipeg and has lived there for the past 23
years. Neil is presently employed with Argus
Industries as a customer service manager. Neil
met Sandra Winding in 1985 and they have
made Winnipeg their home for over the past 15
years. Sandra, better known as Sam, is a benefit
administrator for Ackland- Grainger.
Donna Lynne was born in 1960
in Roblin, Manitoba. She attended school in
Roblin and went on to attend the Red River
Community College, graduating from
Photographic Technology in 1980. She has been
employed by Petro Canada for the last thirteen
years and presently lives in Yorkton,
Saskatchewan. Donna is our family genealogist,
and she has spent many research hours tracing
the Douglas-Campbell clans. She is a member
of the United Empire Loyalist Association of
Canada. She has been able to provide the
necessary documentation to prove her descent
from the United Empire Loyalists, Robert
Campbell and Frederick Smith. Six years ago
she decided to learn to play the bagpipes and is
a member of the Yorkton and District Pipe
Our youngest child, Langdon Scott, came
into the world in 1973. He was born
in Roblin and graduated in 1991. Following
graduation, Langdon was employed by Parkland
Landscaping and his creativity shows in his
work. He is presently employed by
Kozmenuik's Home Hardware in Roblin.
Langdon is an avid outdoors man who enjoys
golfing, camping, cycling, and downhill skiing.
He has been involved in minor hockey all his
life, has played with the Roblin North Stars, and
this year he is involved with coaching children
as well as playing recreational hockey.
Over the years, Frank and Ivy have been
very involved in the community life of Roblin.
Frank has coached Midget and Juvenile hockey,
and was inducted into Roblin's Minor Hockey
Hall of Fame in 1984. He belonged to the Elks,
serving as Exalted Ruler on two separate
occasions, and was a member of the Lions Club.
He was an avid curler and golfer, serving on the
executives for both clubs. Ivy has been very
active in the life and work of the Knox United
Church. She has served as senior choir director
for many years and is involved with other
church committees and activities. She is also an
active volunteer in community work.
Frank and Ivy are enjoying their retirement
in the community of Roblin. Frank has had the
pleasure of enjoying fishing, gardening, and
reading, while Ivy has done a lot of work in
their yard planting ornamental trees and
perennials. They have been blessed with four
grandchildren and are devoted grandparents,
playing an active role in their lives.
Time rushes by like an express train; when
it's gone, it will never come again. If ever there
was a time when we need to clarify our history
for future generations, it is now. We are proud
to be a part. of that.
Carnegie, Murray and Janice (nee Mitchell)
I, Janice, am the daughter of the late John
Mitchell and the late Georgina (Mitchell)
Gardham. I began school in Crandall, moving to
the Arrow River school two months into my
Grade 1 year when my widowed mother married
Harry Gardham of Arrow River, Manitoba. I
took the last two years of my high school in
Crandall, living with my aunt and uncle, Marj
and Ray 0'Connor. I married Murray Carnegie
of Arrow River in 1960. We resided in Brandon,
Manitoba until 1964 where Murray worked for
the Esso agent. In 1964 we moved to Hamiota,
Manitoba where Murray was the Imperial Oil
agent for five years. We then moved to Flin
Flon, Manitoba, where Murray worked for
Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting. In 1974,
Murray, who had always been a pretty good
mechanic but had no papers to go along with his
talent, decided he was going to school, and not
to be left behind, I decided I was going as well.
We made all our plans and moved to The Pas,
Manitoba in the summer of 1975, where Murray
studied Mechanics and I took Secretarial Arts.
We graduated in 1975, and the Keewatin
Community College hired us both upon
graduation. Murray was hired initially as a
mechanic but was then moved into automotive
where he worked as a lab supervisor for a year.
We both took courses towards our Adult
Teaching Certificate and Murray ended up
teaching Pre-employment Automotive
Mechanics until 1992 when his health failed and
he retired. I taught some evening business
courses, but mainly worked those years in
secretarial positions with the college, with an
Accountant and for seven years with The Pas
Health Complex. We now live back home in
Arrow River in a mobile home attached to what
most folks will remember as the old Nels
We have two daughters, Sheri born in 1962
and married to Les Carson of Melfort,
Saskatchewan. They are currently living in
Nanaimo, British Columbia, where they operate
a Mac's Convenience store, but are soon to
move to Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. They
have two girls, Diana and Erin.
Heather, born in 1964, married Dennis
Lafontaine of The Pas and they have two girls
and one boy, Nikki, Lei-Anne and Troy.
Heather is a Geographical Information Systems
Technician and manages that department of
TOKO Manitoba which is the lumber and pulp
and paper company at The Pas. Heather's
marriage was dissolved two years ago.
Through the years I have been involved in
some way with music. In Hamiota it was choir
and Glee Club, and upon moving to Flin Flon,
Murray got involved with a Pipe Band. Not to
be left behind, I decided I would either have to
learn to play or to left at home while everyone
else was off having a good time. Thus we both
played for some years, although I'm afraid the
pipes don't get much use these days. Our eldest
daughter, Sheri, played as well, and both girls
did a little bit of Highland dancing. Now I
content myself with singing in the Miniota
United Church Choir, but my vocal chords are
not what they used to be either.
Murray and I have been happy wherever
we've lived and have made some wonderful
friends along the way. When it came time to
decide where we should roost for our retirement
years, Arrow River just seemed to be about our
speed. Murray tinkers away in his shop in the
summer. He fixes quite a few lawn mowers, etc.
I love to golf in the summer and have taken up
quilting in the winter.
Coveney, Ron and Beverley Ann
Ron and I lived on the farm south of
Crandall for over 35 years, raising grain and
cattle. In the latter years, we rented the land, and
Ron drove the school bus from our area to
Hamiota. I also worked for a few years at the
Birdtail River School Division offices in
Crandall. In 1996, we sold the farm to Alan
King of Hamiota and moved to Morden,
Our children, Shane and Shelley, completed
their schooling in Hamiota after the Crandall
School closed in 1970. Shane finished high
school in 1978 and joined the Canadian Armed
Forces. He graduated from the Royal Military
College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario in 1982
with a degree in Fuels and Materials
Engineering. As an Aerospace engineer in the
Air Force, he has enjoyed several postings
across Canada and in England. He is currently
on exchange duty with the United States Navy
in North Carolina.
Shelley graduated from high school in 1980
and from the Olds College in Olds, Alberta in
1982 as an Animal Health Technician. She
worked in her field at Lethbridge until 1983,
then moved to Morden to work at the Morden
Veterinary Clinic. It was here that she met her
husband, Dr. David Hamilton, DVM. They were
married in Crandall in 1984 and continue to
reside in Morden. They have two children.
Derek (1988) and Julie (1993).
Cowling, Bruce and Sandra
Bruce is the eldest son of William and
Wilma Cowling. He was born in 1955. He
received his education from Grades 1-7 in
Crandall, and Grades 8-12 in Hamiota. Bruce
worked for the Department of Highways for one
year. In 1976 he became employed with the
Canadian National Railway.
In 1977, Bruce married Sandra Woods, born
in 1957, daughter of Nelson and Eula
Woods of Hamiota. We lived in Brandon,
Manitoba until the spring of 1979. Sandra
worked at Sutherland Ferguson Insurance and
Bruce with CN. We purchased the former Earl
Marks quarter in 1979 and started to farm.
In 1980, Sharia Gail was born. She
received all her education, Grades 1-12 in
Hamiota and is now attending the University of
Manitoba in Agriculture. She has played
numerous sports including fastball at 3 nationals
in: London, Ontario, Red Deer, Alberta and
Brandon, Manitoba. She played Midget girls
hockey at nationals in Summerside, Prince
Edward Island and Canada Games ringette in
Comerbrook, Newfoundland, winning a silver
In 1983, Lindsey Helen was born.
She is currently in Grade 11 in Hamiota. She
also plays many sports, having won many
In 1985, Bryce Daniel was
born. He is in Grade 9. In 1998, he had the
honour of playing PeeWee baseball for
Manitoba in Summerside, P.E.I. While there he
received a Blue Jays jacket for winning the
skills competition. Bryce also plays many other
We lived in the town of Hamiota until 1992
when we purchased Sandra's parent's farm one mile
north and one mile west of Hamiota. On
December 30, 1994, fire and smoke heavily
damaged our house. We built a new house and
moved in June 1995.
Bruce quit the railway in 1997, and became
a full time farmer with land between Crandall
and Hamiota. Sandra works part time at
Armstrong Agencies in Hamiota.
We feel it is a privilege to live and raise our
family in the district.
Cowling, Dan Families
By Marie Arnold
This is an update to our 1971 edition in
which there was a very good write up on the
Dan Cowling family. I can only add that now
some of our family are great-grandmothers. Our
respective spouses have all passed away.
Many changes have taken place. Pauline
Farquhar moved to Port Coquitlam, British
Columbia to be near her daughter. She had spent
many years in Victoria, British Columbia. Joy
has moved to Park Residence in Hamiota,
Manitoba. Marie made the big change moving
to Birtle, Manitoba. Viola Lakatos is still in
Winnipeg, and Bill in Park Residence, Hamiota.
I can still call Crandall "home" after having
a happy childhood of which I have many fond
memories. Winnipeg will also be home, as 60
years is a long time, leaving many friends and
starting a new life in the Birtle community.
Cowling, William R.
William (Bill), the youngest child of Daniel
and Mary (Torrance) Cowling was born and
raised on the farm (NE 16-14-25) settled by his
father in 1903. In 1953 he married Wilma
Beattie, daughter of Wilfred and Helen Beattie
of Macaroff, Manitoba. Wilma was a teacher at
the Crandall School. They settled on the home
farm to raise their family of six children:
Maureen, Bruce, Art, Evelyn, Bob, and Betty-
Helen. Wilma passed away June 18, 1970 of
complications following surgery.
Maureen and her children Susan and Daniel
Gowryluk live in East Kildonan, Winnipeg,
Manitoba. She has been with the Finance branch
of Air Canada for 25 years. Susan attends the
University of Manitoba and Daniel attends the
Mennonite Brethren Collegiate.
Bruce married Sandra Woods from Hamiota.
They have three children, Sharia, Lindsey, and
Bryce. Their family history is also published
Arthur, following graduation attended the
Assiniboine College, taking heavy-duty
mechanics. After several jobs, he along with
partners formed a company named Air
Unlimited. This company has enjoyed success
in the sales and service of compressed air
Robert (Bob) participated in the agriculture
exchange program in Australia after graduation.
He farmed with his Dad and Bruce, and has now
taken over the family farm. He has enjoyed
success in the raising on Simmental cattle,
winning several awards.
Evelyn wed Calvin Strachan from Decker,
Manitoba. They have made their home in
Hamiota and have two daughters, Whitney and
Morgan. Evie is employed at the Hamiota
District Health Centre and has been active as a
leader in Girl Guides.
Betty-Helen attended the Red River College
taking Business Administration and began her
working career with the Royal Bank. She
traveled throughout Australia and the South
Pacific in 1985 and upon her return settled in
Vancouver, British Columbia. She is employed
with Canadian Airlines In-flight Service.
In 1999 Bill retired to Park Residence in
Crandell, Collier Family
Collier Crandell passed away on February
Daughter, Carol Brown, lives at Campbell
River, British Columbia. His son Bill lives in
Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Feryl Crandell White makes her home in
Red Deer, Alberta as of 1999.
Her son, Samuel, lives in eastern Canada.
Her son, Gordon, is in Red Deer County and her
daughter, Madeline Johnston is in Calgary,
Marie Crandell White makes her home in
southeast Calgary. Her daughter, Marilyn, lives
in Reno, Nevada.
Alice Logan resides in Princess Lodge in
Virden, Manitoba. Her son, George, lives on the