A Moment in Time

My dad was born Feb. 1, 1938 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. This was a huge event in my grandparents lives. They had married later in life, she was 29 and he was 31 on January 28, 1928 and the event took place at Taylor Presbyterian Church. It would a month short of 10 years before they welcomed their son John. The story that has passed down to me is my grandmother although pregnant multiple times, she wasn’t able to carry to term. I have been told she had 13 miscarriages, it may not have been that many but it was a high number.

The scrapbook I have is soley dedicated to the cards received by my grandparents after my father’s birth. The families who gave cards are: Aunt Helen & Uncle Allan, Rev. & Mrs. B.H. Robinson, Lil and Sam (Jordan), Stan & Melba, Sister Mehlman, Winnie & Harry (Eckhardt), Grandpa & Grandma Jordan, Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Stewart, Mrs. Duclos, Bubbie, May & Tom Martin, Mabel Roberts, Vi Davidson, Susie, Harry & Family, Annie Burgess, Pat & Lily, Alice Brown, The WeightmansMrs. J. Davidson, A.J. & W.B. Eckhardt, Mrs. Penfold, Julie Parker, Gertrude & Douglas Cowan, D.M. Brown, Isabel, Hilda Farrow, Sophie Warren, Myrtle C., Effie, Sarah Tyen(?), Elizabeth Porteous, Mrs. H. James. There were also cards that did not have names.

 

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An example of the cards given to the family.

The scrapbook is a wonderful treasure from what must have been a very happy time in my grandparent’s lives!

 

Working Woman – Fearless Female

March 12 — Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation. Blog prompt from Lisa Alzo.

My mother Mary Stewart was one of my first female ancestors to work outside of the home. She grew up on a farm by Albright, Alberta, and the closest town was Beaverlodge. She decided nursing would be the career for her, the closest training school was the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton which was 540 km away. This was not a small distance for someone who had experienced a very small school and hadn’t done much traveling. I asked her about it, this is what she told me

I trained for three years at the Misericordia School  of Nursing. We all lived in residence which was right beside the hospital. Across the alley directly behind us was the interns residence and beside that residence was the Crèche, where unwed mothers were lived and were cared for. Many of these girls were very young.  After their deliveries, some of the girls gave up their babies for adoption.

Sister St, Delphina was in charge of the student nurses. I think she was a very smart  nice person, but we had our regulations. During our first year we had to be in residence by 9:30 every night.

We were allowed a few 10:30 pm and something like  four 12:30 passes each month, the number of passes increased slightly each year as we got older.

After three years, we wrote our government exams and I went with my roommate Collette to work at the Blairmore hospital in the Crows Nest Pass in southern Alberta. It took what seemed a long time before our marks from our exams reached and for us to find out that we had both passed .

We returned to Edmonton in September (I think) for our graduation ceremonies. My mother came out to Edmonton to attend. It was all so impressive to me. The graduation ceremony was at the McDonald Hotel.

A few years ago while I was in Edmonton my friend and classmate, Terri Ellis and I went there to have lunch and catch up. It is a very grand place.

I do know that my mom went on to nurse in Detroit, Michigan after she was married. Later the family moved back to Montreal (1971) and she taught at the preschool I attended.

In Rosemere Quebec, I worked with Binny Goldman at the Rosemere Cooperative Nursery School  Which I think she started and was very sought after place for people to enroll their preschoolers.  I initiated a little gym program for the children which seemed to go over quite well. I believe I worked there for three years before moving out to Alberta.

In 1981, we moved back to Alberta, very close to the place where my mom had grown up. Mom had to go back to school, redoing some courses so she could again nurse in Alberta. She returned to nursing as a VON and later worked at the Hythe Hospital, retiring a few years ago.

How Did They Meet – Fearless Female

March 5 — How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?

I have no idea how my grandparents met, I wish I did.

As far as how my parents met, my dad and mom both attended a party. I think they really hit if off and started dating after that. My mom was nursing in Ontario and dad was working in Detroit. They had mutual friends that invited them both to the same party.

Letter From A Female Ancestor – Fearless Female

March 8 — Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt. Prompt from Lisa Alzo.

I do not have a diary or journal for any of my female ancestors (or male for that matter). I do have a few copies of letters that my grandmother wrote. I believe she used carbon paper when typing which created a duplicate of her correspondence. Not all her letters have survived, but the little glimpse into her life is priceless to me and inspires me to write about my life.

The letter I picked t share with you is written by my grandmother Beatrice Dever, she is replying to a letter from cousin Ned Frost in Kingston, Ontario. His original letter (which I have) is inquiring about the Jordan family and anything she knew of the family’s history.

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Letter by Beatrice Dever to her cousin Ned Frost.

My Grandparents Marriage

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

Beatrice Jordan on her wedding day.

Beatrice Jordan on her wedding day.

I don’t have any stories to share about my grandparents wedding day. What I know is that they married January 25, 1928 in Taylor-East End United Church, Montreal, Quebec. John Melody Dever age 30 married Beatrice Mary Victoria Jordan age 27. This is their wedding invitation

Wedding invitation

Wedding invitation

Witnesses were William Dever & Ida May Norton. I do not have a photo of the happy couple together, but I love the photos of my grandmother.