Agnes Lillian Marie Turnbull
Father: Stanley Turnbull
Mother: Marie Jane Chalmers
Family 1: Reginald Edward Blain
- Sex: F
- Born: 23 MAR 1928
in Hilton, Mb
NOTE: The preceding was scanned from a copy from a history
publication supplied by Lillian Blain. [June, 2000]
TURNBULL, STANLEY AND MARIE
Stanley was born March 20, 1892, in Millford, and was raised on the
family farm. He attended Northfield school. He filed on a homestead in
the North Battleford area of Sask. in 1918. He took with him four horses
and three cows, in a box car.
Marie Jane Chalmers was born in 1892 in Inverness, Scotland. When
she was 17 years old she came to Winnipeg with her widowed mother, and
they ran a boarding house. She married Hugh McKenzie, who was later
killed at Vimy Ridge in World War I. They had one son, Hughie. Later,
when she was visiting her cousins Jock and Marie Shearer in the
Northfield district, she met Stanley. They were married in North
Battleford on March 19, 1919. In the winter time, and sometimes in the
summer, Stanley hauled freight between Turtleford and North Battleford, a
distance of about 60 miles. When the weather was nice, Marie and Hughie
would sometimes go along. They often told the family about the stopping
places, where the most important thing was to get the horses under
shelter from the cold. They sometimes had to sleep on the floor. In
summer they slept under the wagon, shot prairie chickens and cooked them
over the open fire.
Marie didn't know much about country living, and had many new things
to learn, and hardships with which to contend. Their home had a sod roof
and wood floors. Some neighbour's homes had dirt floors. It must have
been a shock after living in a big house in the city. One morning there
was a bear sleeping by the door.
Lillian remembers her father telling them about their mother riding
horseback to visit a neighbour, with Hughie on behind. When she came back
she was carrying a box with a clucking hen and a setting of eggs under
the hen. Stanley said it must have been a smooth ride because the eggs
all hatched but one. She was determined to help as much as she could. One
day when Stanley was helping a neighbour, Marie thought she was helping
her husband by trimming the horses' tails, as she had seen all horses'
tails in England cut straight across. Those horses were not seen in town
until their tails had grown out enough to trim them his way again.
Swamp fever hit that area, and they lost most of their horses. In
1921 they moved back to the Hilton district and settled on the Dwyer farm
in the municipality of Strathcona, 34-6-16. They brought back three head
of horses - Kate, Doll and Fred. In those winters, the unused horses of
the district formed bands and roamed around the countryside and fed
themselves. One of these bands wandered into the yard looking for water.
One was wearing a collar. Stanley removed the collar. No one ever came to
claim the horse. He was named Pat, and they had a four horse team again.
Pat was notorious for his love of causing and taking part in runaways.
When he was older, Pat took Bert and Lillian to school, and sometimes
that old horse would make them walk home. In 1938 he passed away in the
home pasture, and no one knew how old he was.
When they arrived back at Hilton, a close neighbour, Mrs. John
MacKay, gave Marie a few hens and some good advice. She said if you
always have some hens, some milk cows, and a garden, you will not starve.
And over the years, many old hens were traded for cases of fruit to the
fruit truckers that came around every summer. Every fall the cellar was
full of potatoes, canned fruit and vegetables. Times were really tough,
and money scarce. There were many years of hail, rust, grasshoppers or
drought, but Lillian never remembers being hungry.
In 1939 the Turnbulls moved to a farm east of Nesbitt, and Bert and
Stanley worked both farms. In 1940 they moved back to the farm at Hilton.
They moved to Glenboro in 1947, and later Stanley and Marie again took up
farming, this time near Stockton. Three years later they built a house in
In March, 1969, many friends, neighbours and family came to help
Stanley and Marie celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, in the
Stockton United Church. Stanley was a Past Noble Grand of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and a member of Rachel Rebekah Lodge. He was always
faithful to attend meetings of both Lodges. Marie was an honorary member
of the Stockton Ladies' Aid. They were both members of the Stockton
United Church. Stanley passed away in 1970, and Marie in 1975. They had
three children, Hugh, Bert and Lillian. Hugh married Beryl Germain, and
they lived in Winnipeg most of their married life. He passed away in
1970, when he was 55 years old. They had two children, Sharon who has one
daughter, and Terry who has two daughters and one son. Beryl and her
children and grandchildren live in Winnipeg. Bert was born in 1921 in the
house on the hill. He married Frances Howes of Winnipeg. They had seven
children, Stanley, Jack, Garry (deceased), Eilean, Vickie, Leslie and
David. They lived in Windsor, Ont., close to the area where their
grandmother was born well over 100 years ago. Lillian was also born in
the house on the hill. Mrs. Salina Dayton was the midwife and the doctor
was Dr. Jackson of Wawanesa. He was brought there by Doll and Fred on a
slushy March 23rd day in 1928.
The first neighbours Lillian remembers were Mr. and Mrs. John McKay
and Frank, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Scott, Mr. and Mrs.
Johnny Notman, Mr. and Mrs. John Diver, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Henderson, Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Daymond, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Dunc McAdam, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Phillips on the Wilson
farm, and later, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Glover, on the Hill farm. Lillian
remembers the evenings when the Divers, Glovers, Daymonds or the Ted
Scotts would visit back and forth playing cards, mostly the game of five
Lillian remembers her father would hitch up the team and take a whole
load of young people to the dances in the Northfield school, where Mrs.
Vera McKibbon and Jack Coleman gave many evenings of good old time
dancing. This was when the men paid 25 cents or 50 cents to get in, and
the ladies brought lunch; kids were free. Marie Shearer always sent a
five gallon cream can full of coffee, all wrapped in many blankets to
keep it warm.
Lillian, like many other kids, rode horseback to school, mostly in
summer. Once there, her horse was always kept in John Geddes' barn.
Stanley drove the children in the cold weather. One winter Lillian stayed
with Mr. and Mrs. John Geddes.
Miss Sharp and Mr. Arnett are the teachers that Lillian remembers
most vividly. Once Mr. Arnett hired Allan Nichol with his big new cattle
truck to take all of the pupils over the ferry at Stockton, to the Bald
Heads and on to tour the Air Force Base at Carberry. It was possibly the
first time any of them had seen the inside of a plane. Little did Lillian
think that later in her life she would spend ten years in that same
building making French-fried potatoes for Carnation Foods.
On March 23, 1948, Lillian married Reg Blain, and they live on a
farm along the Assiniboine River, northeast of Stockton. They have two
children. Marie has two daughters, Rosalind and Tracey. Bob, his wife
Ellen, and son Nolan, live on a farm north of Peace River, Alberta.
- Lillian Marie Blain
- Robert Reginald Blain
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