Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Lambton L.O.L. No. 1621 Bylaws

This fascinating little booklet was recently found in the Boulton home and likely was the property of Benjamin Boulton or one of his sons James Herbert, Thomas Edwin or Anthony Samuel.  

Online research would seem to indicate the L.O.L. stood for Loyal Orange Lodge  and the Fraternal Organization continues to this day in all over Canada. These By-Laws seem to have been drafted in 1893 but I haven't been able to find any information about what years the Lodge operated in Lambton.

The Lambton School can be seen here from a link to the Manitoba  Historical Society website which is a wealth of information.  A map on the page shows it to be located on the west side of #83 highway, just north of the Canupawakpa First Nation. 

Full text of the booklet is included below but By-Laws 16 and 17 seem to speak to this being a gentleman's club in favour of temperance. July 12th continues to be an important day to Orange Lodges to this day.

To L. O. L. No 1621
Your Committee appointed to draft By-laws for this lodge beg to submit the following:
By-Law No. 1 - Qualifications essential for Membership
Any applicant for admission should have a sincere love and veneration for his Almighty Maker, productive of those lively and happy fruits, righteousness and obedience to His commands: a firm and steadfast faith in the Savior of the world, convinced that He is the only mediator between a sinful creature and an offended  Creator.  His disposition should be humane, compassionate, and his behavior kind and conciliatory.  He should be an enemy to savage brutality and every species of unchristian conduct, a lover of rational and improving society, faithfully regarding the Protestant religion and sincerely desirous of propagating its precepts i.e. charity and goodwill to all men; zealous in promoting the honor, happiness and prosperity of his Queen and country; heartily desirous of success in those pursuits yet convinced that God alone can grant them.  He should have a hatred of cursing and swearing and of taking the name of God in vain; he should use all opportunities of discouraging them among his brethren and shun the society of all persons addicted to those shameful practices.  Prudence should guide all his actions; temperance, sobriety and honesty, direct his conduct; and the laudable object of the association be the motive of his endeavors.
By-Law No. 2 - That this Lodge hold its meetings in the Lambton School House monthly on the Wednesday on or before full moon, at the hour of 7:30 P M ; from the first of September till the first of April, and at the hour of 8 P M from the first of April till the first of September.
By-Law No. 3 - When this Lodge is in session no brother shall be allowed to sit in the Lodge room without having on the proper regalia.
By-Law No. 4 - A brother when entering the Lodge room when the Lodge is in session, shall in all cases salute the Chair; give the sign of the order at work, and then be seated as quietly as possible, not disturbing the working of the Lodge.
By-Law No. 5 - Any member wishing to cross the Lodge room shall in all cases salute the Chair by giving the working sign.
By-Law No. 6 - Any member shall previous to speaking, rise and address the Master.
By-Law No. 7 - When two or more members rise at the same time the Master is to decide which is to speak first. 
By-Law No. 8 - When the Master is putting questions to the Lodge no member shall speak or move about the Lodge or make any disturbance whatever.
By-Law No. 9 -No member while speaking shall be interrupted except to explain or upon a point of order.
By-Law No. 10 - When a member is called to order he shall resume his seat until the question or order has been decided: he may however be permitted to explain but in no case to introduce a new subject.
By-Law No. 11
All matters before being debated on shall be read by the Master or Secretary.
By-Law No. 12
Any member refusing to take his seat when ordered by the Master shall be fined the sum of twenty five sents or be suspended for the session at the decision of the Lodge.
By-Law No. 13
No whispering or talking while the Lodge is in session.
By-Law No. 14
No smoking or chewing of tobacco while the Lodge is in session under a fine of twenty-five cents.
By-Law No. 15
Any members willfully destroying or damaging any of the Lodge property placed in their charge at any time shall replace the same or cause to be replaced at their own personal expense within thirty days.
By-Law No. 16 - Any member getting intoxicated on the 12th of July or any other Public procession day shall be fined the sum of $10 and suspended for three months.
By-Law No. 17- Any member belonging to this Lodge found drunk or acting disorderly shall be fined $2.00 for the first offence and for the second offence shall be dealt with according to the decision of the majority of the members of the Lodge.
By-Law No. 18 - Unless a member can give a reasonable and satisfactory excuse to the Lodge for absenting himself from the December meeting he shall be fined the sum of $1.00.
By-Law No. 19 - That the initiation fee for membership be $3.00 and an affiliation fee 50 cents; withdrawal of certificate 75 cents and monthly dues 25 cents per month.
By-Law No. 20 - Any member wishing to withdraw from the Lodge room while Lodge is in session shall first receive permission from the Master then receive permission from the Master then receive the retiring pass from the deputy, salute the Chair and retire.
By-Law No. 21 - On the test being taken previous to the opening of the Lodge, each member shall in all cases rise to his feet take one step forward and give the pass.
By-Law No. 22 - Any member using profane language while Lodge is in session shall be liable to a fine of $1.00 or suspension for three months.
By-Law No. 23 - Any member on his way home from Lodge shall not act in any way to bring discredit on the association shall be subject to a fine of $2.00 or suspension for three months.
By-Law No. 24 - On the Master proceeding to open and close Lodge by three raps, with the gavel, the deputy, inside and outside tylers, shall all answer in return.
By-Law No. 25 - Any brothers absenting himself from three months' meetings in succession shall be fined the sum of $1.00 if not able to give a reasonable excuse.
By-Law No. 26 - Any member absenting himself from the 12th of July meeting shall be fined $2.00 if he cannot give a reasonable excuse.
By-Law No.27 - The initiation fee must in all cases accompany the application.

All of which is respectfully submitted
(Signed)  Thos. S. Giles               Duncan McIntosh            Committee               R. H. Giles

Lambton, July 1, 1892
Approved by Provincial Grand Master in whose jurisdiction the Lodge is located.

Abigail Louisa Boulton Roe (1878 - 1963)

Abigail Louise was the middle of 5 children born to Benjamin and Ann Boulton near Brockville, Ontario in 1878.  Her siblings previously featured on this blog include Herb, Thomas, Anthony and Susan.

She was a three year old on the 1881 Ontario census living with her parents, siblings and her grandmother Ann.  She is called Abigail on the 1891 census and she is 13 years old.  The next year her family left Ontario for the prairies, Reston was their new home.  Ten years later in 1901, she is no longer at the Boulton home, according to the census.

Although I can find no official record of the next 3 events, I believe that she married Fredrick Jesse Roe  (1873-1957)  and had two sons, Thomas Fredrick in 1902 and Russell Alfred in 1903.  The latter was born at Mackinak, MB, southeast of Dauphin, according to his obituary in 1975.

Strangely, in the 1906 census, she seems to have been counted twice.  The Boulton home counts her as a 26 year old single "Abagail" and she is also counted as 26 year old Louisa Roe in The Humboldt, Saskatchewan area living with her husband 29 year old Fred, their sons Thomas (4) and Russell (3) along with Fred's brother William (35) and father (65) along with a 14 year old nephew Scott Chester. Their address is listed as Cressman, although I can find no record of this community.  Their household at 20-32-24 W2 had 4 horses, 4 milk cows, 5 other cattle, no sheep and 7 hogs.

Text of the note above, found in the Boulton house:

Winnipeg, July 9th
this is to certify that I will not quarrel with my brother (graney?) (or?) to mark each quarrel down on this paper. (F.?) Roe
Signed Thomas Roe and Russell Roe
What a find over 100 years later!  Who among us has not been in need of a pact like this one?  The bottom of the sheet was blank so maybe it worked!

The 1916 census finds the Roe family of four in the RM of Ellis in township 18 range 29.  Fred is listed as a labourer on a farm.  By 1921 Fred, Louisa and Thomas Roe are in the Birtle Municipality at 14-17-27 as farm owners.  They declare themselves as Methodists.

Back of the photo says - Mother & I and the Anderson sisters & Russell - 1927
(l-r Russell Roe, Anderson sisters, Louisa Roe and Tom Roe)

They moved to Brandon in 1927 according to her obituary and ran a market garden - east of the 18th street bridge about where North American Lumber is now.  The address in old ads is 1418 Manitoba Avenue although the there is no such address now that I can find.

Russell Roe and Helen Ashby                      Russell Roe with
Pearl Campbell and Tom Roe on top               Margaret Kilkenny

Brother-in-laws Fred Roe and Anthony Boulton - photo says 
18th Street Brandon Flood - July 6, 1947

This picture was said to have been taken in at the Roe's Market Garden in Brandon in the 40's or 50's.  
Russell Alfred married Helen Irene Ashby and had three sons - Travers, Eugene and Gerald.  He died in 1975 and his older brother Tom in 1981.  They are all buried at Brandon Cemetery. 

Uncle Frank recalled his Aunt Louisa living on the flats just east of the 18th street bridge, between the tracks and the river.  During the dry years of the 30's he said they had an acre or more of rhubarb plants that they grew for their market garden.  The grasshoppers came and ate every plant, and even sucked the roots dry of any moisture so all the plants were lost.  Rick recalls going to visit with his dad Edwin, perhaps in 1959 and the yard was flooded and they walked across pallets to get to the house.

Roe's Gardens 1965 ,1418 Manitoba ave

Roe's Garden ad in the classifieds from 1965 Brandon Sun

Fredrick died in January of  1957 and Louisa on June 20, 1963. Her obituary from the Brandon Sun can be found below.  I would love a photo of Louisa or any of her family to add to this post, if any of my readers might have one.

Found on Newspapers.com

The Boulton Siblings

Eight children were born to Thomas and Elsie Boulton between 1915 and 1930.  

Seven surviving children about 1933
Back - Frank, Ann, Edna, Edwin, Violet
Front - Thomas, Jean, Elsie, Mary

Edna Kathleen is the little girl in the middle of the above photo with the bow in her hair.  She was the eldest child, born on February 21, 1915.  She went on to become a teacher and met her future husband while teaching at Blair School northeast of Virden.  
On the left is one of the twins, Emily Patience, born June 3, 1916.  She was named for her maternal grandmother, Patience Wooler.  She was a sickly child and died on likely shortly after this picture was taken, February 5,1918.  The other twin, Ann Henrietta on the far right was born also on June 3,1916.  She was given her paternal grandmother's name.  Annie died in Toronto in 1942 and is buried in Prospect Cemetery there.
Elsie with the twins - Annie and Emily

Elsie and Edna standing, Ann sitting in front

Next eldest was Vi, born April 1, 1918.  This photo says on the back "Violet Lillian Boulton 1939".  I have heard she worked in Winnipeg for a time and this stunning picture may have been taken there. The veil she wore with the hat looks like a scribble across her cheek and the coat is elegant too

Edwin Benjamin Boulton, Randy's Dad was the first boy, born April 25, 1920.  He remained on the home farm his entire life.

John Franklin was born next on August 24, 1925.  He is on the right in the picture above with the next Boulton sibling, Mary Lorraine born August 2, 1928.  She took teacher training in Winnipeg and went on to teach at Pacific School near Virden, Pipestone and Kinloss.  

The last child born to Thomas and Elsie was Jean Mable who came into the world on St. Patrick's Day , March 17, 1930.  She is on the left above with Frank beside her.  Jean worked at the Post Office in Reston and Pipestone after she completed school and before she was married.

       Mary and Jean                 Frank                        Frank and Vi

1928 Chevy with Annie, Elsie, Edna, Vi and Ida Bigney (cousin) with Jean and Mary in front

Edna, Annie, Vi and Frank in the back.  Mary and Jean in front.
Jean, Faye and Mary on a cutter made by Hazen Bigney           

   Vi and Faye  

Boultons - left to right in 1980 
  •  Faye Darlene - (daughter of Ann who was raised by Thomas and Elsie after her mother's death in 1942) married Murray Forsyth and had a family of 2 girls and a boy
  • Jean Mable who married Charlie Elliott in and had a family of 3 boys and a girl
  • Mary Lorraine who married Bev Milliken and had a family of 2 girls and 2 boys
  • John Franklin who lived on the home farm
  • Edwin Benjamin who married Merle Cassell and had 3 boys
  • Violet Lillian who married Joe Sowtis and had a girl and a boy
  • Edna Kathleen who married Ewen Pearn and had 2 girls
Sixteen grandchildren, dozens of great-grandchildren followed and the next generation has begun.  A wonderful legacy that continues to grow.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Medicine Dose Cup

The glass in the photo above was recently found in a cupboard in the Boulton home south of Reston.  At first glance it appeared to be a shot glass but upon closer inspection, it has writing on it.  The front says "Kincaid's Drugstore Brockville Ont".  The back has imprinted three lines with the words "TABLE", "DESSERT" and "TEA" beside them.

Online research found that this is a medicine dose cup and presumably it was brought with Ann and Benjamin Boulton and their 5 children when they came west from Brockville in 1892. Kincaid's Drug Store It was likely at King Street West at Broad Street in the Jones-Harding Building.  There is quite an interesting website about historic Brockville here

The above photo is of Thomas, son of Ann and Benjamin and below is the back of the cup.  There are lots of these dose glasses  on EBay but none with the family history this one has!

The Daly Tea Company

Image from Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives website
Recently going through old bills and receipts from the Boulton farm, I came across the ones below from the Daly Tea Company. A little research on the Internet found that this company operated in Napanee, Ontario in the mid to late 1800's up to the 1930's. Napanee is located about 120 kilometers down (up?) the St Lawrence River from Brockville.  Their teas were imported from Ceylon and India and then repackaged and sold locally and to Western Canada.  

The neatly handwritten receipt and wonderful green colouring of this document that is over 104 years old is remarkable.

Twenty pounds of tea sold for $9.00 and the invoice from 1909 says "Any of this tea may be returned".  The second one seems to show a balance due on account from May of 1911 of $22.50.  

I wonder how long 20 pounds of tea would last and if it was a special treat that reminded Ann and Thomas of home. I am glad they survived the years! 

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Susan Boulton Bigney (1882 - 1957)

Susan Henrietta was the youngest member of the Benjamin and Ann Boulton family, born on February 22, 1882.  When she was 10 years old, the family left the Brockville, Ontario area for Reston, Manitoba.  Her brothers Herb, Thomas and Anthony have been previously featured on this blog. Thanks to Lee Beck for the picture of the siblings below. 

Aunt Susie, as Uncle Frank called her, married Hazen Ethelbert Bigney on January 22, 1913.  I wonder if the badly water-damaged portrait below was taken at their wedding. It was found in the rafters of an old shed at the Boulton farm in the 1990's. 

Hazen was born in Nova Scotia in 1886 and had come west to work in 1907.  He worked as farm labourer for the Boultons for a time and would have met Susan there and their fate was set. They had one daughter, Ida Mae born June 20, 1914.  One of Ida's daughters and Susan's namesake sent me the photos below of the Bigneys.  Thank you Susan.  

Uncle Frank told me that Hazen didn't know much about carpentry work to start with, but his sister-in-law Elsie's Boulton's brother Arthur Bushby, needed help with the carpentry business and Hazen learned from him.  

The back of the photo above says it was a snowmobile made by Hazen for Sherman Dayton in 1936.  

In 1946, Hazen was tasked with putting up the frame building the Reston Creamery for "Paddy" Paddock, south of the tracks.  The history book Trails Along the Pipestone written in 1981, says it was a 40 by 50 foot building. It also says that Mr. Bigney suffered a serious and lasting injury when he fell from J. Reid's barn loft onto a pile of stones and badly crushed his leg.  Hazen helped build the Hillview Church, north of Reston.

On the 1921 Canadian census, Hazen and Susan lived on Second Avenue, next door to Arthur and Lou Bushby. Lee (Boulton) Beck recalls that her dad Leslie Boulton (son of Herb) and the Bigneys were close cousins and they visited there often. She remembers staying with them while her parents went to the Brandon Fair.  She couldn't accompany them because a bee had stung her foot and she wasn't able to walk very far.  It is said that our memories are made from deep emotion and I imagine she must have been very sad to not have been able to go!   Hazen always found a quarter to give to Lee and she still has a wooden box that he made for her mom Ruth (Howden) Boulton.

Bigney white wedding 1939

from Winnipeg Tribune Dec. 6, 1939
Ida married Lorne Maxwell White of Rivers, MB in 1939.  The clipping above details this event.  They went on to have 4 children who grew up in Reston.  They were named Alexander, Maxine, Raymond and Susan.  Ida and Max are pictured below at God's Lake in Northern Manitoba in 1941.

Susan died in 1957 and Hazen in 1964.  They are buried in the Reston Cemetery.