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S: Our Family History

FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." | Fred Elaine Mervin Lorne Nellie Marlene Glen | Bill & Irene

1: Bill's grandfather, Edward Lawrence and his grandmother Elizabeth (nee: Bianyan) immigrated to Canada from England in 1886. Bill's dad, Fredrick William Lawrence was born in London, England. He married Lena Alida May Pennell of Belleville, Ontario on October 31, 1901 in North Folk, Manitoba. Lena had chronic endocardititis, an inflammation of the lining of the heart. Because of her poor health her mother Sarah Pennell played an instrumental part in raising the children. She passed away at the age of 42. | Fredrick William worked on this boat on Lake Ontario.

2: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Lillian Irene Booth 1911-1985 | Laura Ellen Hawkins 1886-1975 | Herbert Booth 1886-1958 | James Booth 1811-1886 | Elizabeth (Bessie) Johnston 1858-1898 | Joseph Henry Hawkins 1859-1924 | Matilda Jane Hall 1837-1912 | William Hawkins 1831-1902 | John Johnston 1831-1914 | Mary McKay 1826-1911 | Emily Elizabeth Lucy 1831-1914 | Emily Booth 1872-1931

3: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | William Fredrick Lawrence 1906-1963 | Fredrick William Lawrence 1870-1927 | Lena Alida May Pennell 1882-1924 | Edward Lawrence | Elizabeth Bianyan | James Arthur Pennell 1855-1923 | Sarah Ann Paddy 1856- | Immigrated to Canada from: Lawrence - London, England Pennell - Bath, England Paddy - Ireland Booth - Worthy, Yorkshire, England Hawkins - Cornwall, England Hall - Ulster, Ireland Johnston - Corarie, Argyllshire, Scotland McKay - Kilmeny, Argyllshire, Scotland

4: The Lawrence Children | Grandma Pennell with Lilly on her knee. Back row: Beatrice & Bill. Front row: Ernie & Nellie | Sister Lilly and Bill

5: Fredrick William later remarried and resided in Wawanesa, Manitoba. He died on February 2, 1927 after falling down the cellar and striking his head causing a contusion of the brain and never recovered. | Fredrick William and his Dad, Edward | Bills dad, Fredrick William

6: Nellie and her husband Fred Button | Sisters: Lilly & Nellie Bill is about 18 years old

7: Bill was born on March 23, 1906 at MacGregor, Manitoba. At 14 years of age he moved to Kenora, Ontario where his older brother Ernie lived. There Bill worked in a pulpmill. Later he moved to Estevan, Saskatchewan where his sister Lily lived. | Bill at age 16

8: Willaim (Bill) Lawrence | Bill & friend

9: After spending three days and nights trapped in an underground coal mine in Estevan, Bill decided a change in occupation was warranted . So when he saw the light of day, farming became his new dream. | Kenora Paper Mill

10: Grandpa & Grandma Yeates (surrogate) This kind and loving couple was an important part of the family as Bill came with them to Nut Mountain, Sask. Land was cheaper north so owning his own farm was a possibility here. When Bill came to the area he helped Herb Booth take out logs in 1934. This is where he met the love of his life, Irene.

11: *Bill working at a lumber mill camp in 1935. *Brother Ernie, Sister Lilly and Bill

12: Lilly (Bill's sister) and Stanley Harris Delores, Alberta May, Aileen, Gloria, Stanley, Irene, Lilly and son Lawrence

13: Ernie (Bill's brother) and Lib Lawrence Daughter May and husband Don. In the middle is Lib holding her grandchild and Ernie | Jimmy, Ernie's son, died at the age of 19 due to a heart condition he had from infancy.

14: The Booth Family *Irene Lawrence (nee Booth) paternal ancestors Herbert Booth, born in 1886, was the only son of Emma Booth. They lived with his grandparents James and Emily Elizabeth Booth (nee: Lucy) in Medonte, Ontario. His grandfather, James and his first wife Elizabeth Clapman had 13 children, 6 of which died before the age of three. James was remarried to Emily Elizabeth (nee: Lucy) and had 9 more children. He was 63 when his last child was born. | Herb r | Herb Booth Herb's Grandmother, Emily Elizabeth

15: Left: Emily (Emma) Booth Below: Emily Elizabeth Booth

16: Herbert Booth (Feb. 12, 1886 - Oct. 11,1958)

17: Herb beside his closed-in cutter. This was a winter vehicle that contained a small wood burning stove to heat it. There were generally two rows of benches for passengers. Hot in the front seat and cold in the back | Medonte Township, Simcoe County, Ontario

18: Matilda Jane Hawkins (nee: Hall) Irene's great grandmother | Joseph Hawkins Family Joseph, Bessie and children, Mary, Laura (standing) William and Alice.

19: The Hawkin's Family *Irene Lawrence's maternal ancestors Joseph Henry Hawkins married Betsy (Bessie) Johnston in 1883 in Barrie, Ontario. They had six children, Mary, Laura, William, Alice, Bessie and Alma. In the back row is Laura, Irene's mother. Laura Ellen was born in Simcoe, Ontario on July 5, 1886. | William Hawkins, Irene's great grandfather who was born in Cornwall, England in 1831, came to Canada with his parents Josephp Hawkins and Jane (nee: Phelps) in 1843. | William Ewart Hawkins, Laura's only brother.

20: Herb Booth in his early twenties. | Laura Ellen Booth (nee: Hawkins), Eliza and Estella | Herb in front of his childhood home in Medonte, Ontario.

21: Herb Booth and Laura Hawlkins married December 27, 1911 in County York, Toronto

22: The Booth Children Morris Aubrey born 1913 and Lillian Irene born March 25,1915

23: 1919 the Booths headed west on a train from Ontario to Saskatchewan. The family included Irene's Mother and Father; her 4 year old brother Aubrey, Irene and baby sister Merle. They left behind their families, and all the "modern" comforts of their home in Orillia to make a dream of owning a homestead come true. | Herbert Alvin James Booth born in 1917 | Irene Booth - 2 years old

24: The Booth Children | Aubrey, Merle, Irene and Alvin

25: Garnet, Aubrey and Alvin | Irene -8 years old and Merle -6 years old in Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan | Garnet Alexander (born 1919) Loretta Merle (born 1916)

26: Garnet, Irene, Aubrey, Alvin, Merle Herb & Laura

27: The Booth family lived on a farm in Corley, Ontario. This is were Aubrey, Irene and Merle were born. In the spring of 1917 the family moved west to greener grasses. They ended up in Senate, the south western corner of Saskatchewan. For two years the family planted a garden and the beans never even sprouted. Here two drive horses also died. This was real prairie. There was not even a stick big enough to give the kids a licking. It took two days to bring home a load of coal that was used to heat their home. They needed to travel three days up to the hills to get log poles. In the spring of 1922 they moved to the High Hills district north east of Kelvington. Irene's first memory of moving to the new farm was spending the first night at the Treherne school. Night had fallen before they could reach their new home. They had to be out bright and early the next morning before school commenced. This turned out to be the school the Booth children attended.

28: Alvin and Garnet taking a break from logging to play with their dog.

29: Aubrey and Alvin with the family horses, which were used for farming, logging and transportation. | Herb Booth

30: The Booth Family in about 1923. Left picture: Grandma Laura Booth, Irene, Aubrey, Merle, Alvin and Garnet.

31: Garnet and Aubrey in front of the homestead with a collection of home-grown vegetables. The log protruding from the house was used mainly for hanging meat on to keep it safe from predators.

32: Laura Merle Irene | Merle Irene | Irene at 18 years of age.

33: In 1928 at the age of 13 Irene completed her entrance exams at High Hill, Sask. Going to school was the highlight of her life. She loved every aspect of school from reading to writing to memorizing poems that she could recite years later. Besides school, another highlight was going to dances where her father played the fiddle. The money he was paid, for playing and calling the squares was always a big help. For Irene, the attraction was the company of young men. Although the young couples didn't have the convenience of our modern vehicles they were just as happy. The horse and buggy was a more romantic method of travel as you didn't need to keep two hands on the wheel. | 21 years young

34: Alvin enlisted in the Canadian army during WW II. He was stationed in Italy where he drove a tank. During his five year tour Alvin was wounded in the leg with shrapnel. He was transported to a hospital in England and following his recovery he was posted in Holland until it was liberated. When Alivn returned home he used his Soldiers Settlement to purchase farm land near Kelvington, Saskatchewan. | A letter sent to his sister, Irene

35: Morris Aubrey and is wife Irene George owned and operated a general store and post office in Whittome, Sask. They retired to Kelvington. | Herbert Alvin James & Irene McDonald

36: Garnet Alexander married Agnes Sutherland. They raised three girls, Marilyn, Lorraine, and Michelle on the Booth's family farm. | Loretta Merle married Clayton Crawford. They had seven children; Sheila, Allen, Gary, Mavis, Colleen, Colin and Candice. Their son Colin died at the age of four due to a virus. They were very close in age with Irene and Bill's family. The cousins spent many memorable times together.

37: The Booth children with their Mother: Alvin, Aubrey, Garnet Merle, Laura, Irene

38: Herb's steam engine that was used to work the land. The winters were spent logging and sawing lumber with his sawmill. A Sunday Together L to R - Alvin, Garnet, Nellie, Bill, Aubrey, Clayton and Herb | Laura & Herb

39: The Booth Family Farm - Kelvington | 1948 Herb & Laura along with their sons moved to a larger farm at Kelvington, Sask.

40: Our Wedding Day November 05, 1936 | LOVE

41: Bill & Irene Merle & Clayton | FOREVER

42: Irene with the work horses.

43: This page is from one of the account books in which Bill recorded all the transactions during their farming years. It shows the items they purchased to start their new life on Herb and Laura's yard. Their home was a 12' x 16' log cabin.

44: Fredrick Garfield born October 8, 1937

45: Freddy & Dad | Mom, Freddy, baby Elaine

46: Lauretta Elaine born April 26, 1939 | A visit from Grandma Booth

47: Elaine, Dad Bill & brother Fred | Elaine, Fred

48: Mervin and Grandma Laura Booth | Elaine, Fred & Mervin

49: Mervin Francis born March 9, 1941 A brand new little boy, to fill our lives and hearts with joy.

50: The Family Homestead was built in 1939 near Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan. Family was always important, so our home was close to Grandpa and Grandma Booths. Bill made all the furniture that filled this log cabin which Irene referred to as Home Sweet Home, During the winter nights when the fire faded in the wood stove the cabin would get chilly. This resulted in the baby always sleeping with Bill and Irene and the older children's blankets frozen to the wall. In the winter the children carried in tubs of snow that would be melted to wash dishes and clothes.

51: "Love Makes A House A Home"

53: A large amount of the family income came from selling logs. Bill is driving May and June hauling logs to sell to a neighbour. | This bear, was shot by Bill (standing) and his two friends, on the road where the kids walked to school.

54: *Bill and Nellie bringing lumber home for the addition and Fred on the back load.

55: *The new addition. *Clearing land the modern way.

56: Lorne Alvin born February 1, 1944

57: From great oaks, little acorns grow. | Irene & Bill Elaine, Fred, Mervin and Lorne in front

58: Nellie Iris born Nov. 16, 1946 | Elaine,holding Nellie cousins Sheila, Mavis

59: { | { | Growing up together

60: Mervin & Lorne | Memories * 2-1/2 mile walk to school with their lunches in a 5 lb syrup pail. * Summer picnic with games and long tables of food topped off with homemade ice-cream. * The excitement of Christmas concerts where unwrapped presents hung from the tree. Cornflakes for breakfast, Mom's homemade candy and nuts to crack were the special Christmas treats. * Going to town on Saturday night and standing by the car waiting for Dad to dole out 10 cents. That was used to purchase Wringleys Juicy Fruit gum and other treats. *Lorne would savour the flavour of fig cookies that he and Dad would share as they drove the horses home..

61: Elaine sports a broken arm as a result of a stepping in between little Lorne and Mervin's fight. Her arm did not mend properly and the doctors re-broke it.

62: Mervin & Lorne in front of the barn. | Mervin, Fred, Elaine, Lorne & Nellie | When Dad was away the boys would pull out the rope bridles they made and sneak a ride on the work horses. One time their lack of riding experience resulted in the two horses colliding and the boys hit the ground hard.

63: Harvesting Time Gathering together to help one another with harvesting was a long standing tradition. The crews and machinery would move from one farm to the next to thresh the grain. The crew would sleep in the hay loft. Meals were lavish and often included corn flakes for breakfast, which was a real treat for the kids. | Bill's Ration book during War Time

64: Family Time | Nellie, Irene, Merle, Irene George (sister-in-law, Elaine, Mavis & Sheila

65: Part of Irene's contribution to the family income was making and selling butter. Saturday night the family dressed in their best clothes and headed to Nut Mountain. Sometimes the roads were muddy and everyone had to get out and push. | In 1959, the latest in excitement, a snow sled. Lorne, Mervin and Nellie

66: Crawford Cousins | Fred, Grandma Booth, Mervin,: Allen, Lorne, Gary

67: Sheila, Grandma Booth, Elaine,: Nellie, Mavis

68: Marlene Joyce born in Kelvington, Saskatchewan on January 6, 1953.

69: Nellie and Marlene | Sisters: Elaine, Nellie and Marlene

70: Marlene and her Dad He always had a child on his knee. | Nellie Irene Marlene Elaine | Nellie & Marlene

71: In 1955 Bill's health was beginning to decline. The family left the farm in Nut Mountain after a bad twenty minute hailstorm that destroyed all the crops, killed chickens and broke windows in the house. The family packed up and moved to Melfort SK. where Bill found employment on the LePard and Foster farms.

72: Being a mother is my greatest joy!!

73: Glen Herbert born in Melfort SK.on May 14, 1957 | Mervin, Irene holding Glen, Lorne, Marlene and Nellie in front.

74: Irene and son Fred A smiling Glen | Glen riding his wooden horse that his Dad made. \

75: Ernie, Bill, Aubrey, Clayton and Glen Brothers - Lorne & Glen

76: Memories * Walking into uncle Aubrey's store with the hardwood floors and the large wooden counter that was lined with glass candy jars. Uncle Aubrey offering us the choice of whatever candy we wanted. Helping pump gas from the tall single gas pump that stood out front. * Dad spending many days in the hospital. Marlene and Glen standing on the hospital lawn and waving to Dad as he stood in the window. That was as close as we could get to him as children were not allowed in the hospital. | Irene, Joan (Fred Lawrence's wife) holding her daughter Lillian, Glen and Marlene

77: Glen, Marlene and Lillian | * Glen and Marlene standing at the edge of the road in front of their house in Melfort and listening for the sound of the rattling milk bottles. This signaled the arrival of the milk wagon which was pulled by a draft horse. The milkman would greet us with a smile and invite us to hop inside and ride to the end of the block.

78: Cousin Candice, Marlene cousin Colleen, Glen Nellie, Irene, Marlene, Glen and Bill | Marlene

79: Family Gatherings Nellie, Irene, Bill, Lillian, Glen, Darcy, Marlene

80: Nellie Irene Bill Darcy Marlene Glen

81: Top picture: Carol, Darcy, Bill, Harley, Glen, Marlene and Irene As Dad's health continued to fail and he spent many days hospitalized, Glen went to stay with Elaine for a month in Swan Hills, AB. He missed his Mom but enjoyed playing with his nephew, Darcy.

82: Mervin's Adventure 1961 Canada's first Arctic oil probe.

83: Fred Lorne & Mervin with a friend | Hank & Elaine | Fred

84: Being together is the best gift of all. | Nellie, Lorne, Fred, Mervin, Elaine, Carol, Marlene, Irene holding Harley, Bill, Darcy, Glen

85: In 1975 what remains of the homestead. | Lorne & Glen

86: Bill, Irene, Darcy, Glen


88: A father leaves his legacy behind with good hearts and souls of the children he raises.

89: Top: Nellie, Ernie, Lib, Glen & Marlene Left: Harley, Carol, Glen & Darcy | Marlene Glen Darcy Harley

90: Silver Wedding Anniversary November 5, 1961 | 25

91: Merle, Aubrey, Alvin, Bill Irene and Laura | Clayton, Merle Bill, Irene

92: "Brothers and sisters, together as friends, ready to face whatever life sends. Joy and laughter or tears and strife, holding hands tightly as we dance through life." | Lorne & Fred

93: Glen | Marlene | Nellie | Marlene

94: Glen, Marlene, Carol | The Lawrence Sisters A sister is a forever friend.

95: " | The Lawrence Brothers | Sometimes being a big brother is even better than being a superhero. | Glen, Lorne, Mervin and Fred

96: Agnes, Garnet, Irene, Aubrey, Bill, Merle, Alvin, Clayton, Herb, Marlene, Laura holding Glen

97: Top: Glen driving & Marlene Bottom Left: Elaine & Darcy Bottom Right: Marlene, cousins Candace and Colleen & Glen

98: Bill passed away at the age 57 due to lung and heart complications. | July 1963 Bill's funeral

99: Irene, Glen, Marlene and Carol in front | Elaine, Lib, Irene Marlene, Nellie, Lorne and Bill | At the Fosters Farm Marlene, Nellie and Lorne

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