Kenneth Benjamin Williams 2,48
- Born: 28 Apr 1915, Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada 2,48
- Marriage: Ruth Helen McBurney on 14 Jul 1940 in Glenwood Municipality, , Manitoba, Canada 2,48
- Died: 12 Feb 1998, Glenwood Municipality, , Manitoba, Canada at age 82 2,48
- Buried: 16 Feb 1998, Glenwood Municipality, , Manitoba, Canada 2,48
The following was submitted by Ken Williams to the publication "Botany District The First 100 Years":
I was born at Menteith on S.W. 21-7-22 and later moved to S.E. 20-7-22 with my family in 1928. We had been in the Forbes School District but were now in Whitefield School District, but we continued attending school at Forbes. I completed ten years of schooling there in 1931. I worked with my family on the farm for the next ten years. We had a lot of hard work to do daily - barns to clean, feed to haul, grain crushing, and lots of wood to cut to heat our home along with some Souris coal. We had little or no money in the 30's, but we were able to eat well off the farm and able to keep as warm as was possible in the houses of that time. With plenty of work to do and a fine community spirit, time was never a burden.
In 1934, the Janz boys, Doug, Lloyd, John and I began getting together for some self amusement and in a year or two began playing at a few of the small dances. This continued until the war broke us up. We did get enough to pay expenses in later years, and we had a lot of enjoyment doing it. We would get together at their home or ours on Sunday afternoons to practice. I well remember many fine times and meals at the Janz home, also the wonderful barn dances in the hayloft there when John Love and the Vandusen family, known as the Underhill Joy Casters, were supplying the music. It was without a doubt the finest dance music one could wish for.
In 1937 I rented S.W. 23-7-22 and purchased this land in 1938. I also rented N.W. 14-7-22 from Fred Wenman and purchased it in 1943. These two parcels of land were known as the Sam Binions farm. I remember spending some happy times here with the Binions family when we were youngsters. One night in a violent thunder storm we were herded into the little closet under the stairway to protect us from the lightning.
In July 1940, Ruth McBurney and I were married in Souris. Ruth was the daughter of Jack and Annie McBurney of Simmie, Saskatchewan. She was born at Menteith but moved with her family at an early age to Claydon, Saskatchewan where her father had taken up a homestead. In August 1940, Ruth returned to Simmie to complete her teaching term and returned to Souris at Christmas of that year. For most of that winter Ruth kept house for her brother, Lloyd and his wife June in Souris, until the eventual passing of June in March 1941. Ruth received her education in Saskatchewan at Claydon, Gull Lake and Admiral. She took her teacher's training in Moose Jaw and returned to teach near her home districts for a number of years. She had hard times to contend with also. Wages were in the thirty to forty dollars a month range. She only received fifteen dollars at the time to pay for board and to buy clothes, as there was very little money. However, notes were issued for the balance and it was in the mid forties when her back pay started to come through and then came in small amounts.
On May 19, 1941 we moved here to buildings that were in acute disrepair. We were trying to complete seeding and as a result Ruth was saddled with the job of making two rooms in the house livable. After much soap and water it looked good to us and we were able to move our bit of furniture in and were quite comfortable. There was still lots to be done but it would have to wait for better times. One of our main problems was a lack of a good water supply. We did not have much stock and had to haul water from the river after the spring run off dried up. About 1945 Jonathan McDonald drilled a well for us 150 feet deep. It was a bit salty but very soft so our water problems came to an end. Looking back, it was a real bargain at a dollar a foot, but would have been a Godsend at almost any price.
Our son, Wayne, was born January 21, 1943 in one of the most bitter winters ever. The trips to town could be time consuming and very cold with the trails in poor condition. We were happy to have access to the train at Schwitzer Junction, a mile away. We could drive there and put several teams in Mr. Loberg's little barn or leave them at the Nixon farm close by. The train came from the west about 1 P.M. and arrived back at Schwitzer around 4 P.M., allowing us time for shopping and getting our mail. It was quite some time before we had a good winter road all the way to Souris. Perhaps our greatest convenience was the day in 1949 when the hydro arrived.
Ruth served as secretary for the Botany School Board for some time before and after the first closure. She took the books when Mina Morden wished to give them up. I also served as trustee for a few years and remember some busy times when a basement was put under the building and a new heating system installed. We would also go there and build a stage to accommodate the children for the Christmas concert. One day Don McKinnon came over from Monteith with a forked willow and located what he thought would be a good spot for a well. Don Janz was hired to try for water. He put a post hold auger down, I think about fifteen feet, and put in a galvanized casing and pump. This turned out to be good water and lasted the rest of the school days at Botany.
From 1940 on we have continued to work N'h 10-7-22. Wayne completed his education in Souris and his wish was to stay on the farm. We purchased section 2-7-22 and Wayne has purchased several small parcels of land near the river and also Mike Romanack's farm. We have worked in partnership arrangements through the years and continue to live on the land section 2-7-22 purchased in 1958. 48
Noted events in his life were:
• 1916 Census of Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta): Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, 1916, Souris, , Manitoba, Canada. 69 P. 11, Lines 48 - 50, P. 12, Lines 1 - 5, Household 125;
Kenneth, age 1, with father Benjamin, age 30, mother Alice, age 27, and siblings Charles, age 6, John, age 4, Jean, age 3, with labourer Henry Chic, age 21, and servant Grace Mores, age 14.
• 1921 Census of Canada, 1921, Glenwood Municipality, , Manitoba, Canada. 149 Brandon, Glenwood Municipality, Sec. 21, Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, p. 10, lines 32-39, household 99;
Kenneth, age 6, with father Benjamin, age 35, mother Alice, age 32, siblings Charles, age 11, John, age 10, Jean, age 8, Ruth, age 6 months, and servant Thomas Kirk, age 17.
• Education: Forbes School, 1921-1931, Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada. 48,150
• Post-School: Farming with parents, ten years, After 1930. 48,151 on S.E. 20-7-22 during the Depression
Kenneth married Ruth Helen McBurney, daughter of John Albert McBurney and Annie Christina Manning, on 14 Jul 1940 in Glenwood Municipality, , Manitoba, Canada 2.,48 (Ruth Helen McBurney was born on 7 Jun 1912 in Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada,1,2,48 died on 6 Dec 2000 in Brandon, , Manitoba, Canada 2,48 and was buried on 11 Dec 2000 in Glenwood Municipality, , Manitoba, Canada 2,48.)