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Alma Elizabeth Douglas

Arthur Henry McBurney 2,48

  • Born: 15 Aug 1886, Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 2,48,51,133
  • Marriage: Alma Elizabeth Douglas on 16 Dec 1914 in Souris, Manitoba, Canada 1,2,48
  • Died: 24 Sep 1960, Glenwood, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada at age 74 2,48
  • Buried: Souris, Manitoba, Canada 19

bullet  General Notes:

Art's birth came just a year and a half after his sister Addie's. A t the age of thirty he married Alma Douglas, sister of Gordon Douglas . Alma was born in 1883 in Newcastle, Ontario. Their winter weddin g was on December 16, 1914. They lived on a farm in the "sandhills" a long the Souris River, west across from the Menteith Elevator. Richar d McBurney , Art's father, lived with his son on the farm. Claire (o r Doug, as he is more commonly known today) can remember his own fathe r telling of carrying Richard up and down the stairs, for he became cr ippled in his later years. The two children, Claire and Bernice, wer e born in the early nineteen twenties. Bernice took piano lessons fro m Miss Minnie Buckley. She was a gold medalist in her nursing class . Later she was a special nurse to Howard McBurney (Russ McBurney's s on) 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 th eir farms as they were not more than a mile apart. They also played h ockey and baseball together. On hot summer days the boys would go of f to the river to a favourite spot for a skinny-dip. Eileen McBurne y can attest to this as she was never allowed to go! It is also sai d that Eileen McBurney was "instrumental" in encouraging Claire to dan ce. Art and Alma were true farm folk. They too, struggled through th e dirty thirties. They moved to a second farm in the Deleau distric t and lived there for several years before moving to their home in Sou ris. After moving Art did a lot of carpentry work, much of it for hi s younger brother, Russ. Art had an extensive collection of Indian ar rowheads which were abundant on his farmland near the Souris River. C laire now has them in his possession. Art died at age seventy-five fr om hardening of the arteries which later was followed by heart failure . Alma resided in a Brandon nursing home for some time until she die d at the age of ninety-eight. I'll always remember Aunt Alma from th e visits I made to her Souris home with Mona Bernaski. We'd walk acro ss the back yard between the two homes, knock on her door and wait t o see if she was at home. We were glad if she was, because then we co uld sit in the back-kitchen and eat oatmeal cookies. In my mind's ey e I can still faintly see the beautiful old stove she had that burne d wood. I can also remember the "arrowhead picture" hanging above th e chesterfield in the living room. Aunt Alma had a "wiggly-jiggly" vo ice, and this intrigued me as well. Then, after our talk, Mona an d I would sit in the wooden bench swing outside her back door. Wheneve r Art was asked his name he would reply, "Well, Arthur anyway!" (Arthu r Henry).
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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. 54 Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada
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, a ge 15, Richard, age 13, Mary, age 11, Annie, age 9, Adeline, age 7, an d Herbert, age 2.

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;
Arthur H., age 14, with father Richard, age 62, mother Priscilla, ag e 51, and siblings Robert P., age 28, Richard J., age 22, Annie J., ag e 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. 69 Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Glenwood Mun., p. 2, lines 36-40, p. 3, line s 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 boar der Arthur Black, age 13.

1911 Census of Canada: Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, 1911. 63 Brandon District, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Glenwood Mun., p. 2, lines 8 - 11, househol d 10;
Arthur, age 25, with father Richard, age 73 and sister Josephine, ag e 28, with domestic Frank MacDonnell, age 15.

1916 Census of Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta): Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, 1916. 70 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
P. 17, Lines 34 - 35, Household 180; Arthur, age 29 with wife Alma, ag e 29.

Cemetery: Souris & Glenwood Cemetery, 1960. 19 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
1886 - 19601883 - 1981

1921 Census of Canada, 1921. 134 Glenwood, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
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.

Border Crossing: Crossing "deferred for affidavits," 18 Jan 1918. 86 Buffalo, New York, USA

Residence: 682 Spadina Ave, 18 Jan 1918. 86 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Occupation: Factory Fireman, 18 Jan 1918. 86 Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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, Durham, Ontario, Canada,2,48,128 died on 9 Sep 1981 in Souris, Manitoba, Canada 2,48 and was buried in Souris, Manitoba, Canada 19.)

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