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Alma Elizabeth Douglas

Arthur Henry McBurney 2,48

  • Born: 15 Aug 1886, Lindsay, Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 2,48,125,126,127
  • Marriage: Alma Elizabeth Douglas on 16 Dec 1914 in Souris, , Manitoba, Canada 1,2,48
  • Died: 24 Sep 1960, Glenwood Municipality, , Manitoba, Canada at age 74 2,48
  • Buried: Souris, , Manitoba, Canada 24

bullet  General Notes:

Art's birth came just a year and a half after his sister Addie's. At the age of thirty he married Alma Douglas, sister of Gordon Douglas. Alma was born in 1883 in Newcastle, Ontario. Their winter wedding was on December 16, 1914. They lived on a farm in the "sandhills" along the Souris River, west across from the Menteith Elevator. Richard McBurney , Art's father, lived with his son on the farm. Claire (or Doug, as he is more commonly known today) can remember his own father telling of carrying Richard up and down the stairs, for he became crippled in his later years. The two children, Claire and Bernice, were born in the early nineteen twenties. Bernice took piano lessons from Miss Minnie Buckley. She was a gold medalist in her nursing class. Later she was a special nurse to Howard McBurney (Russ McBurney's son) when he had a part of his leg amputated after a fall from a horse. Claire and Les McBurney often rode horses back and forth between their farms as they were not more than a mile apart. They also played hockey and baseball together. On hot summer days the boys would go off to the river to a favourite spot for a skinny-dip. Eileen McBurney can attest to this as she was never allowed to go! It is also said that Eileen McBurney was "instrumental" in encouraging Claire to dance. Art and Alma were true farm folk. They too, struggled through the dirty thirties. They moved to a second farm in the Deleau district and lived there for several years before moving to their home in Souris. After moving Art did a lot of carpentry work, much of it for his younger brother, Russ. Art had an extensive collection of Indian arrowheads which were abundant on his farmland near the Souris River. Claire now has them in his possession. Art died at age seventy-five from hardening of the arteries which later was followed by heart failure. Alma resided in a Brandon nursing home for some time until she died at the age of ninety-eight. I'll always remember Aunt Alma from the visits I made to her Souris home with Mona Bernaski. We'd walk across the back yard between the two homes, knock on her door and wait to see if she was at home. We were glad if she was, because then we could sit in the back-kitchen and eat oatmeal cookies. In my mind's eye I can still faintly see the beautiful old stove she had that burned wood. I can also remember the "arrowhead picture" hanging above the chesterfield in the living room. Aunt Alma had a "wiggly-jiggly" voice, and this intrigued me as well. Then, after our talk, Mona and I would sit in the wooden bench swing outside her back door. Whenever Art was asked his name he would reply, "Well, Arthur anyway!" (Arthur Henry). 2,48


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth, 15 Sep 1886. 2 Although his birthday was Aug. 15th, he always celebrated it on Sept. 15th.

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;
Arthur, age 4, 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 Herbert, age 2.

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;
Arthur H., age 14, 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 Herbert T. R., age 12.

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;
Arthur, age 19, 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, and Russell, age 17, 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: Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, 1911, , Brandon District, Manitoba, Canada. 68 Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Glenwood Mun., p. 2, lines 8 - 11, household 10;
Arthur, age 25, with father Richard, age 73 and sister Josephine, age 28, with domestic Frank MacDonnell, age 15.

1916 Census of Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta): Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, 1916, Souris, , Manitoba, Canada. 69 P. 17, Lines 34 - 35, Household 180; Arthur, age 29 with wife Alma, age 29.

Border Crossing, 18 Jan 1918, Buffalo, New York, United States. 127 The back of the document indicates the entry was "deferred for affidavits".

Occupation: Factory Fireman, 18 Jan 1918, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 127

Residence: 682 Spadina Ave, 18 Jan 1918, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 127

Cemetery: Souris & Glenwood Cemetery, 1960, Souris, , Manitoba, Canada. 24 Inscription:
1886 - 19601883 - 1981

1921 Census of Canada, 1921, Glenwood Municipality, , Manitoba, Canada. 128 Manitoba, Brandon, Glenwood Mun.; Sec.18, Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1; P. 11, lines 5-6, Household 103;
Arthur, age 35, with wife Alma, age 36.


Arthur married Alma Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of James Douglas and Charlotte Martin, on 16 Dec 1914 in Souris, , Manitoba, Canada 1,2.,48 (Alma Elizabeth Douglas was born on 31 Aug 1883 in Newcastle, , Ontario, Canada,2,48 died on 9 Sep 1981 in Souris, , Manitoba, Canada 2,48 and was buried in Souris, , Manitoba, Canada 24.)

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