David Everet McBurney 2,55
- Born: 21 Mar 1920 2,55
- Marriage: Pauline Bonk
- Died: 13 Sep 2004 at age 84 34
David is a Hoover Vacuum salesman.
David was in the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry during WW I I. He was wounded in his thighs. After the war he farmed with his fa ther and brother Orville.
Noted events in his life were:
• 1921 Census of Canada: David, age 1, with father Walter, age 40, mother Euretta, age 38, sibl, 1921. 513 ings Orville, age 3, and Charles, age 2, grandmother Elizabeth Cardis , age 65, and lodger Nick Korn, age 16.
Glenwood, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Brandon, Glenwood Mun.; Sec. 15, Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1; p. 8 , lines 11-17, household 75;
David, age 1, with father Walter, age 40, mother Euretta, age 38, sibl ings Orville, age 3, and Charles, age 2, grandmother Elizabeth Cardis , age 65, and lodger Nick Korn, age 16.
• Family History, 2006. 34 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
MCBURNEY, DAVID E. FAMILY
The McBurney’s long history in Souris began when David’s father, Walte r (Watt) Franklin McBurney (born 1879, died 1947) came to Souris wit h his brother Alfred about 1910 and farmed. In 1916. Walter was workin g on his sister Mary and brother in-law, Jerry Curtain's farm and Eure tta Jane Cardis (born 1880, died 1944), (Jerry’s niece) from Calumet , Michigan was visiting. Soon after, Walter and Euretta married in Cal umet, then settled and farmed close to Souris. Walter and Euretta McBu rney bore three sons, Orville, Charles and David. Orville, (born 1917 , died May 3, 2005) lived in Souris and worked for the Dept, of Highwa ys, married Raymond Radics and later resided in Hartney. Charles (bor n 1918, died September 9, 1997), a mechanic and carpenter, married Mar y Gillis and briefly lived in Souris, had three children, Tom, Ed an d Edna, and mostly lived in the Toronto area.
David was the youngest, (born 1920, died September 13, 2004). He wa s a proud PPCLI soldier in the 2nd World War (serving from 1941 -1945 , two years overseas, mainly Italy), farmed on his parent's farm, an d then later enjoyed a lifelong career as a salesman. David’s love o f sales included years of traveling around the southern Manitoba count ryside selling Fuller Brush, Confederation Life Insurance, Electrolux , and later Raleigh and Watkins products. David married Pauline Bonk ( born 1927) from Glenavon, SK in I948. and they lived in Souris all the ir lives. David and Pauline had four children: Adella, Alvin, Marlen e and Linda, all born and raised in Souris.
Pauline remembers the early days of the CP train, when she first arriv ed as a passenger from Wolseley, SK in 1947. She began her life in Sou ris working in Maurice Jacobson’s studio, Portraits That Live, where s he used her artistic and creative talents. She and Dave had their firs t date at Mitchell’s Bakery where they enjoyed a coke. During their co urtship days they had many more cokes at the Chocolate Shop and in sub sequent years countless cups of coffee! In their early marriage they l ived on Dave and Orville’s boyhood farm, 11 miles north-west of Souris , and used to come into town in the winter months with horses and cutt er, which were tied in one of the town's livery barns. David farmed th ere until 1953 then moved into town that year. Dave and Pauline were f ounding members of the Souris Gospel Tabernacle, where Pauline still s plays the piano. Pauline remembers its beginnings when meetings wer e first held in the park. She also enjoyed working at Victoria Park Lo dge for many years. Pauline still enjoys life in Souris and participat es in many church activities and social events including floor shuffle board throughout the winter months.
Adella (born 1949, married to Kevin Lutz, children: son Shane (Tara) g randchildren, Makenna and Brooklyn, daughter Crystal (Jody). Adella fo ndly recalls Remembrance Day services and how they made her feel so pa triotic and proud of her dad for his sacrifice. She recalls swimming i n the river where she and her friends would find bloodsuckers on eac h other. She also enjoyed many hikes up to the old Oak Tree in the par k. She used to go with her mom to Tomlinson’s grocery store and Paulin e would buy slices from a big block of cheese. She also remembers th e large attendance of Daily Vacation Bible School at the Souris Gospe l Tabernacle, where she attended as a child and helped out when she gr ew older. Adella also remembers Saturday matinees and that a movie, po pcorn and drink could be had for a grand total of 50 cents!
Alvin (born 1950, married to Linda Janzen, children: daughters Jaylene , Jodi (Brad) grandson Riley, daughters: Samara (Todd), Christa (Peter ). AI remembers that in the 1960's the town came totally alive on Satu rday night. The theater, dance hall, stores and cafes were all full. T he sidewalks were crowded with people walking and visiting in groups ( especially the farmers). The streets were full of a never-ending proce ssion of cars parading around with single drivers or better yet some c ars with couples. Everyone looked forward to the excitement of Saturda y night. The most common hang out was Pat’s Café where you could pla y pool or bowl and AI also remembers when Patrick brought in a pin bal l machine in the early 1960's. Of course there were the hamburgers, fr ies (chips), and milk shakes. Also, the town siren really affected an d controlled the town. It would ring at 12 noon, 1:00 pm and again a t 6:00 pm. Of course the big excitement in the town was when the sire n started ringing and kept ringing, which indicated a fire. All the vo lunteer firemen would head to the fire hall and many of the town peopl e would follow the fire truck to watch the action.
Marlene (horn 1955, married to Gord McNabb, children: sons Ryan and Sp encer, daughters Haley, Sharla, grandson Cole). Marlene remembers boun cing on the Swinging Bridge (she still loves that!) and that her broth er AI rode her on his bicycle handlebars, when she was in Grade 1, bac k and forth on the bridge every day in at full speed!! She remember th e Box Brothers hardware store where purchases were wrapped in brown pa per and tied with string which came from a huge spool that was suspend ed from the ceiling. She also recalls the delicious fresh pecan buns o f the Souris bakery in the 60’s, which sold for about six cents each . She loved that her Chevy II car, which was always filled with friend s, would run for days on $1.00 worth of gas. in fact sometimes until i t ran out, not having a working gauge! Many hours were spent with frie nds and her sister Linda sipping cokes and eating chips in one of th e booths at the Chocolate Shop. Each booth had its own jukebox and yo u could play three tunes for a quarter! The B & B Drive In was als o a favourite spot for the best soft ice cream anywhere.
Linda (born 1957. married to Craig Gunhouse recalls the BA garage in t he early ‘70s when Tommy Tompkins kept fixing the clutch of their blu e Chevy II. Linda remembers the winter carnivals at the old rink wit h all the exciting activities, especially when free groceries were pla ced on the ice and all the mothers ran out to grab them and collect a s much as their arms would hold. During school years, she also used t o walk to the Comer Store at noon to buy 10 cents worth of candy whic h would give her about 30 to 40 pieces of candy and gum. Linda and Mar lene looked forward to going to Steelman’s Five and Ten-Cent Store whe re wonderful treasures could be found.
The McBurney family fondly remembers friends, neighbours, church and s chool activities, their special dog Skippy. the beauty of Souris, th e warmth of its people and the joys and sorrows growing up in this bea utiful small town.
• Military: PPCLI, Between 1941 and 1945. 34
• Occupation: Salesman, After 1945. 34 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
Traveling around the southern Manitoba countryside selling Fuller Brus h, Confederation Life Insurance, Electrolux, and later Raleigh and Wat kins products.
• Residence, After 1948. 34 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
they lived on Dave and Orville’s boyhood farm, 11 miles north-west o f Souris.
• Occupation: Farming, Between 1948 and 1953. 34 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
David married Pauline Bonk.