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Herbert Thomas Russell McBurney 2,48

  • Born: 14 Apr 1889, Teeswater, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 2,48,71
  • Marriage: Hanora May Buckley on 22 Jan 1919 in Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada 1,2,48
  • Died: 18 Jul 1965, Glenwood Municipality, , 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 youngest of ten children born to Richard (Old Dick) and Priscilla McBurney. It is believed that in 1893, Richard and Priscilla with their family, moved from Bruce County, Ontario to the Hartney district in Manitoba. No doubt the majority of this trip was made by railroad as the CPR was completed in Manitoba in 1885. The third oldest child, Eliza, did not accompany them as she was just newly married in 1892. Their first farm home was situated just east and south (15-6-23) of the town of Hartney. In later years this farm was owned by William Witt. Russ would have attended school in Hartney. During one of the winters that were experienced in this first home, a mighty blizzard must have prevailed. The house was surrounded by snowdrifts so high that they prevented seeing out of the house windows! In order to gain access to the world they cut steps into the drift. In 1899 the family moved to the Forbes or Glenwood district. They lived on NW 8-7-22 for 1 years where Russ attended the newly built school at Forbes. His sister Addie and brother Art would have attended there as well. In late 1900, the family moved again to the N 18-7-22 where they remained. Russ's mother, Priscilla, died in 1906, so he was left to the watchful eyes of older bothers and sisters. He completed his later schooling at Menteith School which was situated west of their farm on 11-7-23. This land was owned at one time by John and Laura Scharff. Russ recalled that he and his brother Art had the task of going to the school early of a morning to lay and set the fire to heat the school. He likely completed up to grade 7 or 8. When Russ was 21 years old, in 1910, he moved to and rented the S of 7-7-22, then owned by P. R. O'Neil. There he "batched" for nine years until his marriage. Many young men batched or lived alone in those earlier times in their efforts to get established in farming. In those days people derived their entertainment from parties in homes around the district. Anyone who owned a fiddle or violin was in great demand to share their music. Russ played a violin and enjoyed fiddling for dances and parties around the area. While he was yet single, Russ put a bid on a homestead in Saskatchewan close to where his brother, Jack was living. The land was likely close to Gull Lake. Two good friends of Russ's were Arthur Laughland and Danny Eastman, and the three went together in Danny's motor car to check out this homestead. Russ decided to let it go however. Russ was married on January 18, 1919 to May Buckley at her parent's home. After the wedding they forewent a honeymoon and were greeted instead at 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 time 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 NW 16-7-22. Her father, John Buckley, had come from County Cork, Ireland in 1885 to the Souris district. Here he worked out as a farm hand until he acquired his own land, the NE of 9-7-22, which he broke with 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 yet quite young, so she was raised by her grandmother. As a young woman she became governess and nanny to the three children of Mr. Bob Jones, his wife having died. Mr. Jones decided to move to Canada so Elizabeth was persuaded to come with them as the children did not want to come without her. They travelled to Canada in 1890. Within two years she met and married John Buckley. They had three children Bill, May and Minnie. After Russ and May were married they rented and lived on the P. R. O'Neil farm for a short time. Then they decided to move a short distance away to the Thomas Eastman farm, SW of 5-7-22. They lived there for about two years. When Arthur Laughland returned from the first world war he worked for Russ and May. He took a short trip to Scotland, returning to Canada in the spring of the year, and again went to work for them, this time for a year. During this time Russ and May's first son, Les, was born (on the farm). Farm life in those days was very busy for the young couple. It wasn't easy making ends meet. The barn was very poor. They had a lot of debt so no profit was made 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 going rate was 6 a sheaf. One third of the crop revenue went to the O'Neil's for the rent of the other farm. They spent two summers and a winter on the Eastman farm before returning to their original farm. The acquisition of this land was a slow process. They persisted, however, and managed to buy the farm where they had first started. Arthur Laughland continued to farm on the Eastman place. He had to invest in such things as four horses, equipment. and seed wheat. He later moved to the farm of P. R. O'Neilฎs brother (later the Hunt farm). In the period from 1920 to the mid-forties, the lifestyle of all prairie farmers 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. Ice was taken out of the river to provide water for washing and to stock the icehouse, which preserved the cream and butter in the summertime. Cows were milked by hand and the stables were cleaned every day by hand. Feed for the most part was stacked in the fields and hauled home, usually after a winter blizzard had filled in the previous day's tracks. Summers were the usual round of seeding, haying, and harvesting with the use of horse power coupled with man power. The Dirty Thirties or the "winter years', have left their mark forever on all people and on all walks of life. Anyone who lived in those times will never forget the drought, the sand storms, the grasshoppers and the hardship those years caused. I am reminded of a comment made by a young woman 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 children and grand children of the difficulties and frustrations they experienced. Perhaps the dust storms were the worst in those years because of the different tillage methods. and the lack of shelter-belts around the farm yards. It is a great credit to the integrity of these pioneer generations that they survived the forces of nature, the economics, and the social lifestyle. They, themselves became tough, resourceful people who faced challenges head-on. To this day, my grandmother, aged ninety-two stil1 thrives on a "farm ethic". She loves to drive around in the rural community where she has lived her entire life (excepting twenty years of retirement in a nearby town). In any season of the year she can offer a running commentary on the history or present condition of the land and of the farm homes nestled amongst the protective arms of the surrounding trees. The washing, the baking and everyday cooking, the sewing and ever-lasting mending and the yearly round of house cleaning are still with her. The attitude and practice of saving and recycling remains a part of her character. "Why buy if you can make? Why throw away if you can put it to a different use? Why live a fancy, expensive life if a plainer, more basic life would merit the same overall happiness, community spirit and lasting reward?" Even from a young age, Russ had a great love for dogs. He had a kind of black and white dog named Bruin. It is said that the dog would do anything 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-haired collie dog named Cinders and the other was a cocker spaniel named Bonnie. I remember a time when Bonnie had some pups in a box in the back kitchen. Saturday night was "town night". The stores stayed open until 12:00--all of them! You worked hard all week and when the work was done you went off to town. It was as much a time to visit along the sidewalk, or size your neighbours up as it was to check out prices and buy items. This routine continued until about 1940.

Russ is buried in West Lawn Memorial Gardens in Brandon, Manitoba. This cemetery has changed its name to: Rosewood Memorial Gardens. 2,48

bullet  Death Notes:

Died in Souris Memorial Hospital


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Alt. Birth: Consession 6: , Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 72

• 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: Mentieth, Glenwood, Manitoba, Canada. 2

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

• 1891 Census of Canada, 18 May 1891, , Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 54 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, age 15, Richard, age 13, Mary, age 11, Annie, age 9, Adeline, age 7, and Arthur, age 4.

• 1901 Census of Canada: Twp. 7, Range 22, 10 Apr 1901, Souris, , Manitoba, Canada. 66 Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Glenwood Mun., p. 3, lines 27-34, household 30;
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, Brandon, , Manitoba, Canada. 67 Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Glenwood Mun., p. 2, lines 36-40, p. 3, lines 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 boarder Arthur Black, age 13.

• 1911 Census of Canada, 1911, Brandon, , Manitoba, Canada. 19 Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Sec. 12, Twp. 7, Rge. 23, W1, p. 2, lines 28 - 33, household 14;
Russell, age 23, with brother John, age 34, sister-in-law Annie, age 23, 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, Souris, , Manitoba, Canada. 69 P. 12, Line 28, Household 131; Russel, age 27.

• 1921 Census of Canada, 1921, Glenwood Municipality, , Manitoba, Canada. 73 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, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA. Frank and Russell stayed at the Stevens Hotel in Chicago for $2.00 a night.

• Residence: Twp. 7, Rge 22, W1, 1940, Souris, , Manitoba, Canada. 74

• Residence, 1963, Souris, , Manitoba, Canada. 74


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,2,48,75,76,77 died on 16 Jul 1999 in Glenwood Municipality, , 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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