William Alexander Howlett
Father: John Howlett
Mother: Annie Glennie
Family 1: William Alexander Howlett
- Sex: M
- Born: 1 JUL 1884
in Woolwich Township, Waterloo County, On
- Died: 3 AUG 1961
in Ridgedale, Sk
- Buried: in St. Peter's Anglican Church Cemetary, Ridgedale, Sk
The following is a excerpt from the "William A. Howlett Family
History" that was submitted by William Delmer Howlett to Ridgedale -
Everything Changes But The Memories, (1992), a book about the history of
"My father, William Alexander Howlett was born July 1, 1884 in
Waterloo County, Ontario; his parents emigrated from England. In 1890,
the family moved to the Portage la Prairie area of Manitoba. Initially,
my father worked on the railway at Crooked River and Moose Jaw. In 1905,
he filed for title of his homestead on the SE 1/4, 36-46-16, W2, which is
approximately five miles southwest of Ridgedale.
That winter, he returned to Manitoba and married Isabella Marion
Woodcock of Keyes, Manitoba. She was born in Petrolia, Ontario in 1883
and moved with her family to Keyes in 1890. In the spring of 1906, my
parents came to Tisdale via train and settled on the homestead.
They first lived in a tent and later in the Hornick shack located on
the adjoining quarter section. The first year they cultivated ten acres
with the aid of three horses and a Verity walking plow. The horses died
later of swamp fever, and they turned to the use of four oxen. In 1913,
they purchased an I.H.C. model tractor and a threshing machine. Their
first car was a Model T Touring car, purchased in 1916.
Food in the early years consisted mainly of wild fruit, rabbits and
deer meat. They grew their own vegetables, and obtained the rest of their
groceries from Star City which was the closest town at the time. Food
costs were $2.50 for 100 lbs of flour, $5.00 for 100 lbs of sugar, and
$1.00 for seven tins of salmon.
In 1923, their home burned to the ground while they were away. They
purchased a house in Ridgedale, and moved it to the farm. They added to
it in later years.
My father died August 3, 1961, and mother died in June, 1965. They
are both buried in St, Peter's Anglican Church Cemetery, adjacent to
their farm. My grandfather, John Howlett is also buried there as he came
to live with us in his later years."
From the Homestead Records, Provincial Archives-File #35486A:
William Alexander filed for the SW 1/4, 36-46-16, W2. He broke 23
acres in 1906 and cropped 15 acres. In 1907, he broke 67 acres and
cropped 27. He cropped 40 acres in the third year.
- Elwood Leslie Howlett
- John Laurence Howlett
- Olive Marion Howlett
- William Delmer Howlett
- Everett Howlett
Please send corrections, additions or comments to James William Elwood Howlett
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