Friday, February 23, 2018

Bill Nevard's Birthday

Today, February 23, was E.W. , or as everybody knew him "Bill" , Nevard's birthday. Depending on how correct my information is, he would be 116 or 117 years old. Born at Lexden, Colchester, Essex, he came to Canada in 1906. Bill was my inspiration for this Nevardblog. He was the most prolific writer in the family. His daily journals from 1930 until the year he died (1975) are a constant source of family history and information. Much of it has already appeared here in the Nevardblog.
He drew amazing, science fiction type pictures. Even wrote his own version of some Edgar Rice Burroughs type stories. All written in hard times on the backs of old envelopes, cement bags, any sort of paper that was available for free.
Bill had a major change of occupation in 1948 when he quit the farm and went to work at the Fort (TB) sanatorium for the next 20 years until he retired.
Hard to find a picture that I haven't already used but these are some I like.

Mary, Daisy, Arthur and Bill Nevard in the very early days on the homestead.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Nevard History February 21

Today, February 21 marks the death of Margaret Montagu (Winstanley) Nevard. Or as most of her friends and neighbours knew her, Daisy Nevard. Wife of Arthur Nevard. Born December 26, 1873 at High Street, Shirley, Milbrook, which appears to be in Southampton, U.K.. Daughter of William Newnham Winstanley and Helen (Baker) Winstanley.
Note from Gifford Harrison: It occurs to me that Margaret Montagu Winstanley may have been born in the Southampton area, but her family probably moved to Lexden (Essex) some time after her birth. That way meeting Arthur Nevard would have simply been a local matter. I say this because Leslie Nevard in his research found school records from Lexden National School which in June 1902 mention a Miss Winstanley who is training as a teacher taking the place of a Miss Theobald who was ill. The note says she is the sister of the District Nurse "who Arthur Nevard married".
Arthur and Daisy named their homestead in Saskatchewan "Winstanley Grove" and we still refer to it by that name today.
At least one Anglican church service was held at Arthur and Daisy's farm house  in 1911. Tom Goff and Mary Lane were married there in November of 1911. Not long after this Arthur and Daisy went to live and work in Regina (as did Ernest).
In 1915 Arthur enlisted in the Forestry Corp of the Canadian Army and went to Scotland. He returned to the farm in the summer of 1919.
Arthur and Daisy adopted a son, Sherwood Eric Holmden in the spring of 1924. He was later known as "Bud" Nevard.
Daisy Nevard became seriously ill in 1927 and went to Winnipeg for treatment. There is no evidence of what the nature of the illness was.
There is no further mention of it until Feb. 6 , 1933 when she fell and injured her leg. She died of a stroke on Feb. 21.
The funeral was held at the Lipton town hall on February 25 and she was buried in Lipton cemetery.
Couple of photos from England
And a photo taken in Canada.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Nevard Birthday Calendar

January 19 would have marked the 142nd birthday of Mary (Hall) Nevard. Wife of Ernest Samuel Nevard, mother of Bill and Dick Nevard. Born at Saxmundham, Suffolk, England, she came to Canada to join Ernest on  the homestead in what eventually would become Saskatchewan in 1905.
This photo from the early forties  is possibly one of the last pictures of her. She died in September of 1943.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Today In Nevard History

Actually a few days late but January 11 marked the day that Great Uncle Arthur Nevard died in 1965. I have several photos of him including  this one from  around 1911 in Regina, Saskatchewan where he worked off the farm for a while.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Visitors At Winstanley Grove

I'm calling this one, based on the photo, visitors at Winstanley Grove, the Arthur Nevard farm. Although they likely visited with all three Nevard families on the section at the same time. The city relatives would drive out most summers for a visit in the country. Uncle Edde and Aunt May Edwards. May was a sister to Arthur Nevard's wife, Margaret.
In this photo, taken at Winstanley Grove, from left to right we have, my Uncle Don, my mother, their uncle Eddy on the white horse, my uncle Roy, and at right, holding the horse and colt is Bud Nevard.
The date I am guessing mid to late 1930s.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas 1916

A post card Christmas card sent to my grandfather, Horace Nevard. Sent from his mother's house at Lexden, Colchester, Essex, U.K. to somewhere in France.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 1951, Business as Usual At Fort San

November 16: Dad went to Regina on the bus today and bought a new coat and several other items. We had a union meeting at Birn's house tonight but not many there.

November 17: I went to Lipton on the bus this morning. Charlie Bull also went to Lipton and Cecilia Tomack went on to Regina apparently. I went to the Post Office to try and trace the missing money order I had sent to Uncle Arthur. I also visited Fishers and Mrs. Fisher told me that Kenny has another son born on the 9th. I started walking back to the San but got a ride on an oil truck most of the way. There was an amateur hour on in Lipton tonight. Bob Smith and Darlene took part in it.

November 18: Sunday. Dad went to a morning service in Lipton with Mr. Corkhill. Dick and I walked down to an evening service at St. John's and rode back with Mr. Stiff. Laura Motherwell also got a ride back to the San. Sandy Goff came along tonight to ask Dad to go to Lipton tomorrow and help them fix up their furnace so Mr. and Mrs. Goff can move into town.

November 19: Dad went to Lipton to help Goffs fix up their furnace. He missed the bus so Sandy came and fetched him and he came home on the bus at night.

Building T. Goff house in 1951. From left: Ernest Nevard, Mary Goff, Grace Hobetzeder, Les Goff, Horace Nevard.