Tuesday, June 30, 2009

CLACK - 50th Wedding Anniversary - Strathclair Manitoba Canada 1943

Earlier I posted 2 mystery photographs of a violinist found in my grandmother's photographs. Two genealogy bloggers quickly sprang to my assistance, Tamura Jones who writes about genealogy and reviews software and websites and Annette Fulford who reearches and writes about Canadian War Brides of the First World War. Annette identified the violinist as Harold Austin CLACK. I have since located and read several newspaper articles concerning him and his family. As promised, here is one.

Strathclair Pair Wed 50 Years

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clack, Strathclair, was the scene of a celebration, Monday, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. They were the recipients of congratulations from a large number of citizens of the district. The community gift to the couple was a complete electric installation in their home and personal tributes, a floor lamp from their daughter, Mrs. W.F. Evelyn, and her husband, of Stonewall, and a bedroom lamp from their other daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. David Young, of Clear Lake, Man.

Mr. Clack was born in London, England, in 1868. He came to Manitoba in 1887 to Rapid City, and the following year he took up a homestead south of Strathclair, where he farmed for 20 years, and then came to town where he took up misic teaching. In 1893, he married Catherine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex. Robertson, of Chatham, Que., where she was born in 1868. The tow nof Strathclair was named by her uncle, Duncan Sinclair, Dominion land surveyor, Strath after the valley north of here and the latter part of his name. Mr. Clack has three sisters, Lillian Clack, N. Lonsdale, B.C.: Mrs. Jessie Syms, Brighton, Sussex, England, and Mrs. Gertrude Goddard, in southwest England. He is a veteran of the last war, serving in the Canadian Seaforths, joining the 79th overseas battalion at Brandon.
Winnipeg Free Press
, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 30 June, 1943, p. 9
Errors as in original.

Located at NewspaperARCHIVE, Godfrey Memorial Library (subscription site)

1 comment:

Annette Fulford said...

This is such as interesting article. I've never heard of a couple getting electricity for an Anniversary gift.