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Hanora May Buckley

Herbert Thomas Russell McBurney 2,48

  • Born: 14 Apr 1889, Teeswater, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 2,48,51,72
  • Marriage: Hanora May Buckley on 22 Jan 1919 in Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada 1,2,48
  • Died: 18 Jul 1965, Glenwood, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada at age 76 2,48
  • Buried: Jul 1965, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 2,48

bullet   Cause of his death was Congestive Heart Failure (fluid around heart, heart attack); also a smoker.

bullet   Another name for Herbert was Russ McBurney.2


bullet  General Notes:

Russ was born in 1889 in Kinloss Township, Teeswater, Ontario, the you ngest of ten children born to Richard (Old Dick) and Priscilla McBurne y. It is believed that in 1893, Richard and Priscilla with their famil y, moved from Bruce County, Ontario to the Hartney district in Manitob a. No doubt the majority of this trip was made by railroad as the CP R was completed in Manitoba in 1885. The third oldest child, Eliza, di d not accompany them as she was just newly married in 1892. Their firs t farm home was situated just east and south (15-6-23) of the town o f Hartney. In later years this farm was owned by William Witt. Russ w ould have attended school in Hartney. During one of the winters tha t were experienced in this first home, a mighty blizzard must have pre vailed. The house was surrounded by snowdrifts so high that they prev ented seeing out of the house windows! In order to gain access to th e world they cut steps into the drift. In 1899 the family moved to th e Forbes or Glenwood district. They lived on NW 8-7-22 for 1 years w here Russ attended the newly built school at Forbes. His sister Addi e and brother Art would have attended there as well. In late 1900, th e family moved again to the N 18-7-22 where they remained. Russ's moth er, Priscilla, died in 1906, so he was left to the watchful eyes of ol der bothers and sisters. He completed his later schooling at Menteit h School which was situated west of their farm on 11-7-23. This lan d was owned at one time by John and Laura Scharff. Russ recalled tha t he and his brother Art had the task of going to the school early o f a morning to lay and set the fire to heat the school. He likely com pleted up to grade 7 or 8. When Russ was 21 years old, in 1910, he mov ed to and rented the S of 7-7-22, then owned by P. R. O'Neil. There h e "batched" for nine years until his marriage. Many young men batche d or lived alone in those earlier times in their efforts to get establ ished in farming. In those days people derived their entertainment fro m parties in homes around the district. Anyone who owned a fiddle o r violin was in great demand to share their music. Russ played a viol in and enjoyed fiddling for dances and parties around the area. Whil e he was yet single, Russ put a bid on a homestead in Saskatchewan clo se to where his brother, Jack was living. The land was likely clos e to Gull Lake. Two good friends of Russ's were Arthur Laughland an d Danny Eastman, and the three went together in Danny's motor car to c heck out this homestead. Russ decided to let it go however. Russ wa s married on January 18, 1919 to May Buckley at her parent's home. Af ter the wedding they forewent a honeymoon and were greeted instead a t their new home by friends and neighbours, who feted them until the " wee" hours of the morning. May Buckley was born in 1895. At that tim e her parents, John and Elizabeth Buckley were living on the SE of 16- 7-22. Later, in 1901, the family moved to its present location on N W 16-7-22. Her father, John Buckley, had come from County Cork, Irela nd in 1885 to the Souris district. Here he worked out as a farm han d until he acquired his own land, the NE of 9-7-22, which he broke wit h a walking plow and a team of horses. May's mother, Elizabeth Lloyd , was born June 28, 1857 in Wales. Her parents died while she was ye t quite young, so she was raised by her grandmother. As a young woma n she became governess and nanny to the three children of Mr. Bob Jone s, his wife having died. Mr. Jones decided to move to Canada so Eliza beth was persuaded to come with them as the children did not want to c ome without her. They travelled to Canada in 1890. Within two year s she met and married John Buckley. They had three children Bill, Ma y and Minnie. After Russ and May were married they rented and lived o n the P. R. O'Neil farm for a short time. Then they decided to mov e a short distance away to the Thomas Eastman farm, SW of 5-7-22. Th ey lived there for about two years. When Arthur Laughland returned fro m the first world war he worked for Russ and May. He took a short tri p to Scotland, returning to Canada in the spring of the year, and agai n went to work for them, this time for a year. During this time Russ a nd May's first son, Les, was born (on the farm). Farm life in those da ys was very busy for the young couple. It wasn't easy making ends mee t. The barn was very poor. They had a lot of debt so no profit was m ade from the harvest. The Scharff's did the threshing of their crop . They made a mark on the wall for each sheaf of grain made. The goi ng rate was 6 a sheaf. One third of the crop revenue went to the O'Ne il's for the rent of the other farm. They spent two summers and a win ter on the Eastman farm before returning to their original farm. Th e acquisition of this land was a slow process. They persisted, howeve r, and managed to buy the farm where they had first started. Arthur La ughland continued to farm on the Eastman place. He had to invest in s uch things as four horses, equipment. and seed wheat. He later move d to the farm of P. R. O'Neilฎs brother (later the Hunt farm). In th e period from 1920 to the mid-forties, the lifestyle of all prairie fa rmers was much the same. Most farm work was by hand and was arduous . Everyone used an axe to cut wood for fuel and for fence posts. Ic e was taken out of the river to provide water for washing and to stoc k the icehouse, which preserved the cream and butter in the summertime . Cows were milked by hand and the stables were cleaned every day b y hand. Feed for the most part was stacked in the fields and hauled h ome, usually after a winter blizzard had filled in the previous day' s tracks. Summers were the usual round of seeding, haying, and harves ting with the use of horse power coupled with man power. The Dirty Thi rties or the "winter years', have left their mark forever on all peopl e and on all walks of life. Anyone who lived in those times will neve r forget the drought, the sand storms, the grasshoppers and the hardsh ip those years caused. I am reminded of a comment made by a young wom an of the 1980s regarding her granny's remembrance of the depression . "Granny would relate to us just how bad it really got in those times . And just when you thought the story couldn't get any worse she'd say , ฐAnd then the hoppers came." Russ and May as well told their childre n and grand children of the difficulties and frustrations they experie nced. Perhaps the dust storms were the worst in those years because o f the different tillage methods. and the lack of shelter-belts aroun d the farm yards. It is a great credit to the integrity of these pion eer generations that they survived the forces of nature, the economics , and the social lifestyle. They, themselves became tough, resourcefu l people who faced challenges head-on. To this day, my grandmother, ag ed ninety-two stil1 thrives on a "farm ethic". She loves to drive aro und in the rural community where she has lived her entire life (except ing twenty years of retirement in a nearby town). In any season of th e year she can offer a running commentary on the history or present co ndition of the land and of the farm homes nestled amongst the protecti ve arms of the surrounding trees. The washing, the baking and everyda y cooking, the sewing and ever-lasting mending and the yearly round o f house cleaning are still with her. The attitude and practice of sav ing and recycling remains a part of her character. "Why buy if you ca n make? Why throw away if you can put it to a different use? Why liv e a fancy, expensive life if a plainer, more basic life would merit th e same overall happiness, community spirit and lasting reward?" Even f rom a young age, Russ had a great love for dogs. He had a kind of bla ck and white dog named Bruin. It is said that the dog would do anythi ng for him. Later (when Howard was a baby) he had a dog named Paddy . I remember two dogs from the early 1960s. One was a kind of dark-h aired collie dog named Cinders and the other was a cocker spaniel name d Bonnie. I remember a time when Bonnie had some pups in a box in th e back kitchen. Saturday night was "town night". The stores stayed op en until 12:00--all of them! You worked hard all week and when the wor k was done you went off to town. It was as much a time to visit alon g the sidewalk, or size your neighbours up as it was to check out pric es and buy items. This routine continued until about 1940.

Russ is buried in West Lawn Memorial Gardens in Brandon, Manitoba. Th is cemetery has changed its name to: Rosewood Memorial Gardens.
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OBJE: _TEXT Glenwood Municipality, (near Souris), Manitoba, Canada Russell McBurn
CONC ey, Miss Johnson, Josephine (Dodie) McBurney (sister to Russell, husba
CONC nd of Gordon Douglas) seated on running board. Gordon Douglas with tal
CONC l hat seated on ground. Velmore Douglas (daughter of Gordon & Dodie) s
CONC eated at the wheel. Alma Douglas (sister to Gordon, wife of Arthur McB
CONC urney) seated in backseat of car. Arthur McBurney is likely taking th
CONC e picture (brother to Russell & Dodie, husband to Alma Douglas).

bullet  Burial Notes:

Address: Rosewood Memorial Gardens
Brandon, Manitoba Canada


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Alt. Birth: Consession 6. 73 Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada

• Cemetery: West Lawn Memorial Gardens. Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
This cemetery is now known as Rosewood Memorial Gardens (2003).

• Land: Farm location. Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada

• Organizations: Church and School Board/Forbes, Municipality Of Cameron. 2 Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada

• Birth Registration: Certificate, 12 May 1889. Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada

• 1891 Census of Canada, 18 May 1891. 54 Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada
Ontario, Bruce Co., Kinloss Twp., p. 70, lines 18-25, p. 71, lines 1-4 , household 292;
Herbert, age 2, with father Richard, age 52, mother Priscilla, age 40 , and siblings William, age 20, Robert, age 19, Eliza, age 17, John, a ge 15, Richard, age 13, Mary, age 11, Annie, age 9, Adeline, age 7, an d Arthur, age 4.

• 1901 Census of Canada: Twp. 7, Range 22, 10 Apr 1901. 62 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Glenwood Mun., p. 3, lines 27-34, household 3 0;
Herbert T. R., age 12, with father Richard, age 62, mother Priscilla , age 51, and siblings Robert P., age 28, Richard J., age 22, Annie J. , age 19, Adeline M., age 17, and Arthur H., age 14.

• 1906 Census of Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta): Sec. 18, Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, 25 Jun 1906. 69 Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Glenwood Mun., p. 2, lines 36-40, p. 3, line s 1-7, household 19;
Russell, age 17, with father Richard, age 60, mother Priscilla, age 50 , and siblings William, age 35, Robert P., age 33, Richard J., age 27 , Josephine, age 23, Arthur, age 19, and William's wife Rose, age 25 , William & Rose's children Ruth, age 7, and Lawrance, age 2, and boar der Arthur Black, age 13.

• 1911 Census of Canada, 1911. 20 Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Sec. 12, Twp. 7, Rge. 23, W1, p. 2, lines 2 8 - 33, household 14;
Russell, age 23, with brother John, age 34, sister-in-law Annie, age 2 3, and neices Annie Ilene, age 4, Mary, age 2, Dorothy, age 8 months.

• 1916 Census of Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta): Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, 1916. 70 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
P. 12, Line 28, Household 131; Russel, age 27.

• 1921 Census of Canada, 1921. 74 Glenwood, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Brandon, Glenwood Mun.; Sec. 5, Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1; p. 10 , lines 4-7, household 93;
Russell, age 32, with wife May, age 23, and son Leslie, age 9 months , with lodger Arthur Lockman, age 23.

• Travel: with Frank McBurney, 27 Jun 1939. 19 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Frank and Russell stayed at the Stevens Hotel in Chicago for $2.00 a n ight.

• Residence, 1963. 28 Souris, Manitoba, Canada

• Canadian Voter List, 1963. 28 Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada

• Residence: Twp. 7, Rge 22, W1, 1940. 28 Souris, Manitoba, Canada

• Canadian Voter List, 1940. 28 Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada

• Canadian Voter List, 1949. 28 Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada


Herbert married Hanora May Buckley, daughter of John Buckley and Elizabeth Lloyd, on 22 Jan 1919 in Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada 1,2.,48 (Hanora May Buckley was born on 18 Jun 1895 in Souris, Manitoba, Canada,2,48,59,75,76,77 died on 16 Jul 1999 in Glenwood, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 48 and was buried on 20 Jul 1999 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 2,48.). The cause of her death was Gastrointestinal failure, little could be done due to age of 104 years.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

They were married in the Buckley home in the Mentieth area.

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