Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Picnic at Winstanley Grove

Regular readers might recall that Winstanley Grove was the name that my great Uncle Arthur Nevard chose for his homestead. Named after his wife's maiden name of Winstanley. The date on this photo I am guessing to be about 1935. The occasion, a visit from the "city folks". Arthur would have been a widower by this time since his wife , Daisy, died in February of 1933.
Daisy's sister, May lived in Regina and most summers they would come out to the farm for a visit. I don't think they owned a car but would hire a neighbour for the long drive, in those days probably 2 hours of dusty roads at least.
I don't think it was a Sunday since some of the men are not wearing their "sunday suits or overalls". Maybe Dominion Day, or as we know it , Canada Day. Some of the farm machinery of the day sits in the background including the McCormick Deering tractor and a binder. The barn in the background is long gone having only cement footings in the ground remaining to mark where it stood.
Great Uncle Arthur Nevard sits at the left. Next is my grandmother, Alice Nevard. Beside her is May's husband, Eddie. Next is my grandfather, Horace Nevard in the white shirt and overalls. Beside him are his two sons, Roy and Don Nevard. Seated next to them is Dick Nevard in the white shirt, no hat and 'farmers tan'. My mother, Joy Nevard, looking none too happy to be in the photo is next. Behind her is Bill Nevard whose name has appeared in this blog more than a few times. Next to Bill, his mother, Mary Nevard. The lady on the right who unfortunately got cut off this scan of the negative I am not sure of but she could be Mrs. Hammil, who was an old friend of the family from Regina.
Missing from the photo is Ernest Nevard, father of Bill and Dick. Maybe he took the photo or else was away working at a brick laying or plastering job as he sometimes did. A bit of off-farm income would have been very welcome in the dry years of the 1930s.


  1. Good picture, Ralph. My family rarely gets together anymore, and there aren't many of us when we do. It's good to have the photos and the memories. You should provide copies to your local historical society and libraries.

  2. Interesting photo. I'm trying to make out what they were eating for the picnic. I can make out a can of what appears to likely be Roger's [Corn?] Syrup. This was perhaps a can being repurposed to hold another food item. A canning jar (homemade jam?). A pot possibly containing soup or stew. A basket maybe containing fruit? Likely some bread somewhere for the jam, maybe they used corn syrup on the bread?

    The interesting every-day-life stuff that was often not recorded, not being considered of importance at the time for historical record...

    Dan M.

  3. Pretty hard to tell from the image what they were eating. Rogers golden syrup pails were very common on the farm in those days. Once the tasty golden syrup was consumed, the pails were cleaned up and used for various types of storage and carrying. In the old days syrup pails were used to carry lunch by school children. And it was not the thin watery corn syrup. This was the good thick and sweet cane sugar based golden syrup. Delicious on pancakes.


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