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John A. Valens Family, 1873-1983

  • PA 173
  • Famille
  • 1873-1983

John Alexander Valens was born on September 4, 1873 near Lucknow, Ontario to William and Katherine (nee Walker) Valens. He was raised on a farm in Kinloss Township, Ontario. Valens remained on the family farm until the age of 18, when he left to pursue further education. He received a high school certificate in 1892, and went on to attend Model School in Kincardine. He returned to teach at his home school for several years. In 1895, he contracted asthma and left his teaching position to travel west to the Brandon, Manitoba area. There, he worked his way through medical school by teaching in several rural schools, working as a hand on local farms, and studying Latin and Greek at the collegiate in Brandon. He graduated from Manitoba Medical College in 1905.

John A. Valens practiced medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from 1906 until his retirement in 1946. He served as president of the Saskatchewan division of the Canadian Medical Association (1919-1920); as chief lecturer for the St. John's Ambulance Association; as director of the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic (1936-1944) and as the president of the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (1933-1944). Valens married Lizzie Adams of Estevan, Saskatchewan in 1907. The Valens had two children: Corneil, born in 1908, and John Douglas. Lizzie Valens died in October 1918. John Douglas Valens died in an automobile accident while attending a medical conference in Idaho in 1953. Corneil married Ben Chappell and resided in Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

John A. Valens married Edna Catharine Peacock (born Aug 29,1896) in 1920. The daughter of James and Rebecca Jane (Freeland) Peacock, Edna grew up in North Cypress, Manitoba. The Valens were involved in various Saskatoon community organizations, including the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and St. John's Ambulance, and were members of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan. John A. Valens contested the Saskatoon City constituency in the 1921 provincial election, but was defeated. The Valens attended Knox United Church, Saskatoon, where Dr. Valens was an ordained elder.

John A. Valens was awarded an honorary life membership with the YWCA in 1949, and he served on the Canadian Medical Association Committee on Archives. He researched and authored a manuscript on the early history of medicine on the prairies during his retirement years. He died in Saskatoon on June 28, 1955. Valens Park, in Saskatoon, and Valens Lake (north-east of Uranium City) were named after him. Edna Valens died in 1983. John and Edna Valens are buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon.

George B.C. Sharpe Family, 1864-1975

  • PA 455
  • Famille
  • 1864-1975

George Benjamin Cubitt Sharpe was born in Ashmanhaugh, Norfolk, England on May 16, 1864 to Benjamin George and Naomi (Cooke) Sharpe. He had eight sisters and three brothers. Sharpe immigrated to Canada in 1886 and applied for a homestead on NE 20-17-25-W2, near Moose Jaw, North-West Territories (now known as Saskatchewan) on December 14, 1888. He was declared the legal owner of the land in 1893. Sharpe later moved into Moose Jaw, where he worked in various occupations, including as partner in a lumber business. Active in the local community, Sharpe served as a municipal official, was involved with the Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 3, A.F. and A.M. and Independent Order of Foresters. Sharpe died in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 30, 1949.

Georgina Reynolds was born in Ontario on August 31, 1861. She married George B.C. Sharpe in Moose Jaw on December 31, 1888. The Sharpes had two children: Ernest Wesley Cubitt (born March 1, 1891) and Walter (1894-1901). Georgina Sharpe died in Markham, Ontario on October 12, 1945. Ernest W.C. Sharpe, often referred to as Cubitt, practiced law in Vancouver. He died on December 9, 1975. He and his wife, C. Jane Devitt, did not have any children.

Luke Battersby Family, 1853-1980

  • PA 457
  • Famille
  • 1853-1980

Luke Battersby was born in England in 1853. He immigrated from Yorkshire, England to Canada around 1883 and settled in the Pheasant Forks-Duff, North-West Territories (now known as Saskatchewan) district. Around 1895, Battersby moved to the Goodeve, North-West Territories district, where he established a mixed farming and livestock operation. He was one of the first homesteaders in the Goodeve district. Battersby continued to reside in the Goodeve district until his death on April 17, 1945. He was buried in Fenwood Community Cemetery.

Luke Battersby and his wife, Isabel, had eight children: Alice; John; James; Ruth; Fanny; Robert; Thomas and Evelyn. All of the children were born in the North-West Territories (Saskatchewan). Alice, Evelyn, James, John, Robert and Thomas Battersby never married. They all were partners in Battersby Farms. Fanny was born in 1885 and married Robert Franklin on June 6, 1912 in Goodeve. The Franklins resided in the Fenwood district. Ruth, born on September 1, 1894, married Robert Johnson on December 16, 1925. The Johnsons resided on a farm in the Hubbard district and had six children: Harry, Ethel, Mae, Jane, Lucy and Alice. Isabel Battersby died in 1941 and was buried in Fenwood Community Cemetery.

The birth and death dates of five of the Battersby children are as follows: John Battersby (April 4, 1892 - June 5, 1973); Alice Battersby (March 18, 1884 - 1966); Evelyn Battersby (September 2, 1887 - March 23, 1971); James Battersby (October 21, 1899 - 1969); and Robert Battersby (August 29, 1889 - March 25, 1971).

Thomas Battersby was born on January 21, 1897 in Goodeve. He served in World War 1 and farmed in the Goodeve area until his retirement in 1973. In 1974, he donated land in the Goodeve area to the Government of Saskatchewan for a wildlife sanctuary called the Thomas Battersby Wildlife Protected Area. Battersby was a member of the Melville Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He died in Melville on June 29, 1980 and was buried in Melville City Cemetery.

William Gerrard Dow Family, 1849-

  • PA 464
  • Famille
  • 1849-

William Gerrard Dow was born on September 21, 1849 in Whitby, Ontario to John and Catherine Isabella (Ball) Dow. He served in the militia during the Fenian Raids around 1865 and then travelled west with Colonel Stoughton Dennis in 1869 as part of the surveying party at Red River. Dow farmed at Whitby until around 1889, when he moved near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba to take up farming. In 1903, he moved to the Ruddell, North-West Territories (now known as Saskatchewan) district, where he farmed until his death on January 8, 1937.

William Dow married Annie McAllan on September 24, 1873 in Whitby. William and Annie Dow had six children: Isabella; Marion; Margaret; Annie; John and James. Isabella Dow, born on June 15, 1875, died in 1948. Marion Kathleen, born on February 23, 1877, was a teacher and married Thomas Pain, with whom she had three children: Harold, Thomas and Arthur. Marion died in 1960. Margaret Josephine, born on September 17, 1878, was a teacher and married Carney Ferry, with whom she had two children: Marion and William. Margaret Josephine died in 1922. Annie Jardine, born on March 23, 1880, died on December 10, 1974. James, born on March 15, 1882, is believed to have died in infancy.

John Dow was born on March 15, 1882. Around 1904, he homesteaded in the Ruddell, Saskatchewan district. He served in World War I and married Marjorie Rake in 1918 while overseas. The Dows returned to the Ruddell district in 1919 and resided on the farm until 1928, when they moved to Saskatoon. The Dows had four children: Herbert J. (born 1920); Nora; David and Margaret. John Dow died in September 1969 and Marjorie Dow died on December 30, 1974. Herbert Dow worked in the insurance and financial management industries in Regina until the mid 1990s, when he and his wife, Frances, moved to Saskatoon. Herbert J. Dow currently (2010) continues to reside in Saskatoon.

Anderson Family, 1895-

  • PA 490
  • Famille
  • 1895-

David Nathaniel (Andy) Anderson was born on September 4, 1895, in Traverse County, Minnesota, to Axel and Anna Anderson. He had nine brothers and one sister. Upon completion of the eighth grade, Anderson left home to live with a brother at White Rock, South Dakota. There he worked as a carpenter and for the local railway. In June 1917, he emigrated to Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and was hired as an accountant with the Weyburn Security Bank. He worked in branches of the Bank located in Midale and Halbrite.

Anderson returned to South Dakota in 1918 while ill from influenza. He received treatment there and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and returned to Weyburn in January 1919. He was re-employed by the Weyburn Security Bank and took the position of accountant at its branch in Vantage. He met Ruth Woodworth while they were Sunday School teachers at the Methodist church in Vantage.

Ruth Woodworth was born on February 6, 1898, at Bear River, Nova Scotia, to Capt. John Edwin and Bertha Louise (Baxter) Woodworth. She had three brothers and nine sisters. Woodworth attended school in Bear River, including Oakdene High School, and completed her eleventh grade studies in July 1918. She also received her teachers' minimum professional qualification in July 1916. In August 1918, Woodworth moved to Regina to attend Normal School. She completed her studies in the spring of 1919, and was immediately hired to teach in a one-room school near Vantage for the Friendship Hill School District #3137. She taught there until December 1920.

Andy Anderson and Ruth Woodworth were married in Regina on January 6, 1921. They remained in Vantage until 1922 when they moved to Tribune as a result of Andy's transfer with the Bank. Ruth Anderson taught on a casual basis for the Salisbury School District #2746 between 1923 and 1924. On June 11, 1925, their son David John was born in Estevan. The family resided in Tribune until early 1928 when they moved to Assiniboia.

While in Assiniboia, Andy was employed as the accountant for the J.B. Smith Auto Clinic, the local General Motors dealership. As the Depression set in, he lost his job and subsequently operated a British American Oil bulk dealership, worked at a flour mill, and established a tannery - all of which closed due to lack of business. Anderson worked odd jobs and made an unsuccessful application for relief work. The lack of employment prompted Ruth and David to move to Bear River in July 1936, where David lived with Ruth's sisters and Ruth secured work as a housekeeper and later a floral arranger in Saint John, New Brunswick. Meanwhile, Andy moved to Regina in search of work and was hired to sell washing machines door-to-door. He was hired by the provincial Department of Agriculture in 1937. In November 1938, Ruth and David returned to Regina. Months after reuniting, the family purchased a home in Regina.

In 1940, Andy Anderson enlisted in the Canadian Army and was hired as a medical accountant with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps at its recruiting depot in Regina. He served there until his discharge in 1945, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was awarded the British Empire Medal on May 22, 1948, in recognition of his exemplary service during the Second World War. After his service in the Army, he was employed by the Saskatchewan Department of Public Health until his retirement in 1958. Ruth Anderson was hired by DeLuxe Florists in Regina and worked there on a casual basis until the mid-1970s. The Andersons were also active in their church and belonged to various community organizations.

The family purchased a farm on the outskirts of Regina in 1947 where they lived and operated a greenhouse, growing bedding plants and vegetables for sale to merchants and residents in Regina. They sold a portion of their land to the Wascana Centre Authority in 1957 and the remainder, including their farmhouse, in 1965. They then purchased another home in Regina and enjoyed travelling throughout the United States and Canada in their retirement.

Ruth Anderson died in Regina on January 23, 1978. Andy Anderson remained in Regina until 1986 when he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, to live near his son. He died there on May 17, 1994.

David John (Dave) Anderson was born on June 11, 1925, in Estevan. He received his education in Assiniboia, Bear River and Regina where he graduated from Central Collegiate in 1943. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1944. He was posted to Gaspé, Quebec, and served until his discharge in 1945. Upon his return to Saskatchewan, he worked in Regina before attending the University of Saskatchewan for one year. He then helped operate his parents' greenhouse and produce farming business.

In 1951, David Anderson was hired by the Saskatchewan Power Corporation. He was employed there until 1976 when he accepted a position with the New Brunswick Power Corporation. Anderson returned to Regina in 1980 and was re-employed with Saskatchewan Power Corporation, retiring ca. 1983 as vice-president of public affairs. Upon his retirement, he moved to Victoria. He died in Victoria on August 10, 2010.

David John Anderson married Jean Isabelle Reid on September 22, 1951; they divorced in 1978. They had six children: David; Patricia; Mark; Guy; Nancy and Lisa. He married Betty Elizabeth (Tunnicliffe) MacIntyre on October 29, 1983.

David Reid Anderson was born on June 25, 1952, in Regina Saskatchewan, to David John and Jean Isabelle (Reid) Anderson. He attended school in Regina. David Anderson married Mary Haywood on June 30, 1978; they divorced in 1985. They had two children: Sarah and Simon. He married Donnie Parker on September 12, 1987. Anderson currently (2011) resides in Regina.

Iser Steiman Family, 1898-

  • PA 497
  • Famille
  • 1898-

Iser Steiman was born in Dvinsk, Latvia in 1898 to Solomon and Etza (Feigleson) Steiman. In 1912, he immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended St. John's High School in Winnipeg and taught at Moose Bay School, near The Pas, during World War I. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1924, Steiman practiced in Benito, Manitoba and Arran and Pelly, Saskatchewan before moving to Kamsack in 1929. In November 1932, Steiman opened the King Edward Hospital in Kamsack and practiced there until enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1940. Steiman obtained the rank of flight lieutenant and served at several training stations in Manitoba as a medical officer and translator; his translation from Russian of "Fundamentals of Aviation Medicine" was published in 1943. After leaving the RCAF, Steiman moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he practiced family medicine, translated other works from Russian, and wrote on the history of medicine. He retired in 1975 and died on April 17, 1981.

Steiman married Laura Shatsky of Pelly, Saskatchewan in March 1926. The Steimans had two children: Marcelyn (born 1927) and Cherie (born 1933). Laura Steiman died on October 26, 1986 in British Columbia. Marcelyn (Marcie) Steiman married Sydney Smordin. She currently (2011) resides in Vancouver. Cherie Steiman earned a degree in English Literature from the University of British Columbia and established November House, a small publishing company in British Columbia. Her book, "Mendel's Children: a family chronicle" was published in 1997. Cherie Steiman had two children with her husband, Julian (Buddy) Smith. She died on July 13, 1999.

Easton, Larry and Dorothy, 1938-

  • PA 508
  • Famille
  • 1938-

Lawrence Francis (Larry) Easton was born on the family farm near Wawota, Saskatchewan, on August 24, 1938, to Francis Russell and Leah Isabel (Griffin) Easton. He received his early education at Wawota, graduating from Wawota High School in 1958. He later attended the School of Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan (1958-1960) and completed the Electronics Engineering Technologist course at Saskatchewan Technical Institute, Moose Jaw, in 1964. He was employed as an engineering manager with SaskTel in Regina until his retirement in 1997.

Dorothy May Bird was born at Wawota on May 3, 1941, to Francis Carlton and Mable Irene (Myers) Bird. She received her early education in Wawota and later attended Success Business College in Regina. She was employed by SaskTel, the Salvation Army, the federal government, and the provincial Department of Labour and Employment, Apprenticeship and Trade Certification. Dorothy Bird married Larry Easton on April 22, 1961 in Wawota. Together, they have two children: Mark and Michelle.

Since the 1970s, Larry Easton has been an active photographer. He has been a member of the Regina Photo Club for thirty years and in that time has held various positions on its executive. He is the only member of the Club to receive its Prestige Award for photographic achievement. Easton is also a member of the Prairie Region of Photographic Arts, and is a director for the prairies on the Canadian Association for Photographic Art. He has received numerous competition awards and recognitions for his photographic works. As well, his works have appeared in Prairies North and West World magazines, in projects for Saskatchewan Tourism and the Regina Chamber of Commerce, and in educational books.

Larry and Dorothy Easton collaborated to provide the photographic works for the 2008 publication, Legacy of Stone: Saskatchewan's Stone Buildings, written by Margaret Hryniuk and Frank Korvemaker. The publication received the Saskatchewan Book of the Year award from the Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2009.

Larry and Dorothy Easton currently (2011) reside in Regina.

Rose Family, 1888-

  • PA 310
  • Famille
  • 1888-

The Rose Family has resided in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, since 1913. The family owned and operated dry cleaning and furrier businesses, and members of the family have been actively involved in Saskatoon's Jewish community and in other community and service organizations in the city.

Arthur Rose, born Avraham Ben Emmanuel HaLevi Rosenthal, was born on August 27, 1888 in the town of Galati (Galatz), Roumania. His traditional Jewish family consisted of father Emmanuel (Menachem Manoli) HaLevi, mother Esther Raisa Solomon, and three younger siblings, Noah (Edwin S.), Rebecca and Moishe Aaron (Martin). After the death of his father at an early age, Arthur was sent to live with his paternal grandparents, Jacob and Elka Rosenthal, and put to work in a tannery at the age of nine. In 1903, at the age of 14, he left Roumania for the United Sates. At first, he lived in Duluth, Minnesota, with his younger brother Edwin and an uncle who had immigrated to America some years earlier. He changed his name to Arthur Rose.

He worked at various jobs and businesses until 1912, when he travelled through western Canada for the C.E. Zimmerman Co. of Chicago, selling advertising services to newspapers and storekeepers in cities and larger towns. In this period, he met Elsie Holzberg, an elementary school teacher. They married in Duluth on January 28, 1913, and moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada the following month. They chose to make their living in dry cleaning, a relatively new process at the time. They opened the family business, Arthur Rose Dry Cleaner De Luxe (later Arthur Rose Limited), in a suitable building at 624 20th Street West, on April 4, 1913. Arthur and Elsie had three children: Myrna Holzberg (born May 21, 1917); Zora Elka (born July 23, 1918), and Gerald Ferris (born October 26, 1920.)

The Roses became members of Congregation Agudas Israel upon their arrival in Saskatoon. Arthur joined the local B'Nai Brith Lodge (#739), as well as the Masonic Order (Lodge Progress) in 1916, and the Saskatoon Rotary Club in 1924. In 1929, he was one of the founders of the Young Men's Section of the Saskatoon Board of Trade, serving as its first President in 1929 and 1930. He was known as a lifelong great booster for the community of Saskatoon. In recognition of his contributions, he was designated the Honorary President of the Saskatoon Junior Chamber of Commerce (1963-1964).

He was an honoured member of the Jewish Community, serving on the arbitration committee of the B'Nai Brith in order to prevent disputes between Jewish people from going to court. He also worked with Saskatoon Chief of Police, George Donald, to quell racial and religious incidents. Arthur and his family continued to expand the family business over seven decades. Arthur and Elsie gradually retired from daily involvement in the business, but maintained a keen interest and gave advice to their son who handled operations, until their deaths, a few months apart, in 1972. Arthur Rose died on May 17, 1972.

Elsie Holzberg Rose was born on January 17, 1890, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Harris and Taube Holzberg. She married Arthur Rose on January 28, 1913, and the couple had three children. Elsie completed her high school education, as well as one year of teacher training, and began teaching at the elementary school level at the age of 17. After moving with Arthur to Saskatoon in 1913, Elsie worked in the family dry cleaning and furrier businesses - a role she continued until her retirement years. She was a founder of the Saskatoon Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, president of Hadassah-Wizo, Saskatoon Section, National Council of Jewish Women, a founder of the Saskatoon Home and School Association, and an honorary life member of the Saskatoon Council of Women. Elsie died on October 22, 1972.

Gerald (Gerry) Ferris Rose was born October 26, 1920, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to Arthur and Elsie Rose. He attended school at King Edward Public School, City Park Collegiate Institute, and the University of Saskatchewan (BSc. Chemistry, 1940). He served as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals from December 1941 to March 1945, including training in eastern Canada and active service overseas during the Second World War.

During his high school and university years, Gerry worked in the family business. However, after returning from active service, Gerry took on more significant roles and joined his parents in the management of the family business. During the war, there had been a number of changes in the dry cleaning industry, and a number of new fabrics and fabric treatments had also been developed. Gerry spent several months working in leading dry cleaning and laundry plants in Canada and the United States, learning new methods of production, management, personnel relations and accounting. He also helped his parents adapt their fur business to address post-war realities. Gerry served as President and Manager of the Arthur Rose Limited until the business was sold in 1982, and of Rose-Art Furs until the business was discontinued in 1985.

On August 25, 1946, Gerry married Gladys Ruth Sarlin, and the couple had four children: Kathryn Reva (born February 22, 1949), Toby Helen (born May 6, 1952), Naomi Judith (born November 26, 1954) and David Barry (born December 9, 1956.) Gerry Rose was an active volunteer in the community of Saskatoon, and was able to share the leadership skills and financial expertise - which he had developed while managing the family business -- with numerous organizations over the years. His work on management committees ensured the financial success of the Western Canada Summer Games (Vice President - Administration, 1979), the Jeux Canada Summer Games (Vice President - Administration,1989), and the Canadian Special Olympics 1992 Winter Games (Vice President - Administration, 1992 in Saskatoon.

He was a member of the Board of Directors at St. Paul's Hospital, where he made significant contributions in the areas of patient advocacy and health reform. He was a Master of Lodge Progress of the Masonic Order, and was a member of the Saskatoon Rotary Club from 1949. He was a member and chairman of the Saskatoon Airport Economic Development Board, and served as treasurer and director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan. He was a founder of the Saskatoon Jewish Foundation, and an honoured member of B'nai Brith Lodge #739. After his death, the B'nai Brith lodge established an annual Gerry Rose Volunteer Award to recognize longtime service and dedication to the Saskatoon Jewish Community; the award was jointly bestowed on Gerry and Gladys in 2000. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in October, 1998. He died on March 25, 1999.

Gladys Ruth Rose was both Gladys Ruth Sarlin on November 2, 1926 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to Harry and Marcia Sarlin. She attended Princess Alexandra Public School, Bedford Road Collegiate Institute, and the University of Saskatchewan (BA 1946; Post Graduate Diploma in Continuing Education, 1969.) She married Gerald Ferris Rose on August 25, 1946, and they had four children: Kathryn, Toby, Naomi and David. Gladys has been actively involved in Saskatoon community activities, as well as in local, provincial, and Canadian Jewish organizations. She was the first woman president of Congregation Agudas Israel. She was the Saskatchewan Representative to the Canadian Jewish Congress. She was president of Hadassah-Wizo, Saskatoon Section, National Council of Jewish Women.

She has been very involved in documenting the history of Jewish people in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan, including chairing an oral history project for the Congregation Agudas Israel (1984), working to preserve the archives of the congregation and the Saskatoon Jewish Community, and helping produce a drama “The Women,” (by Clare Booth Luce) in cooperation with the University of Saskatchewan Drama Department and the Saskatoon Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. She was the founding president of the Saskatchewan Community College Association and a founding board member of the Saskatoon Region Community College. In 1971-1972, she chaired the Mayor's Committee on Troubled Youth.

She was honoured with the City of Saskatoon Civic Committee on Status of Women, Outstanding Woman Award in 1975; the City of Saskatoon Medal for Good Citizenship in 1982; the Canadian Jewish Congress Sam N. Filer Award for Distinguished Service in 1992; and the B'Nai Brith Lodge #739 Gerry Rose Volunteer Award for service to the Saskatoon Jewish Community, 2000. Gladys moved from Saskatoon to Toronto, Ontario, in 2005, to be nearer to her children and grandchildren.

Family Business:
Arthur and Elsie Rose moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in February of 1913, and opened their first dry cleaning business - Arthur Rose Dry Cleaner De Luxe - at 624 20th Street East on April 4, 1913. Their first advertisement appeared the next day in the Saskatoon Star, using the company slogan which was used into the 1990s: If Rose Cleaned It - It's C-L-E-A-N.” As dry cleaning was a relatively new type of business, the Roses hired expert cleaner and presser, Abe Schwartz from Minneapolis, to help them set up shop.

In 1918, they bought a lot at 334 2nd Avenue North, and built a new and larger dry cleaning and dyeing plant, which opened in October 1919. The new plant had more room and more capacity than could be used by Saskatoon customers, so the Roses opened Arthur Rose (Regina) Limited in 1920. Customers' clothing came from Regina to Saskatoon by overnight train, was cleaned and pressed and returned to Regina the next night; touch-up pressing was done in Regina before final delivery to customers. On February 10, 1927, the family incorporated its business under the name Arthur Rose Limited, with Arthur, Elsie, and Arthur's brother, Martin Rose, all signing the memorandum of association.

Business volume in Saskatoon and Regina increased to the point where shipping clothes between the two cities was no longer economical. In 1928, the Roses built a new plant in Regina called Queen City Cleaners and Dyers Ltd., which was managed by Martin. Arthur Rose (Regina) Ltd. remained open as a business, but the work was done at the Queen City Cleaners plant. In 1947, Arthur Rose (Regina) Limited and Queen City Cleaners and Dyers Ltd. were sold to the Regina family of Sam Lexier, who had been the Roses' partner in the 1920 expansion.

After World War One, there was an increase in demand for cloth dyeing services. Arthur brought a master dyer, Jack Robertson, in from Perth, Scotland, to run that part of the business, which offered dyeing of drapes, curtains, rugs, carpets, clothing, and ladies' satin shoes.

Arthur Rose Ltd. also provided fur-related services, including the cleaning, repairing, remodeling and storage of fur garments. This type of work required skilled people, but more work was needed to be able to keep these craftspeople busy and employed throughout the years. Consequently, the Roses started making and marketing fur coats. The company's fur salesman travelled throughout Saskatchewan, selling fur through agents in almost every small town in the province. This was the beginning of Rose-Art Furs, a branch of the Rose's family business which continued until 1985.

From 1924 to 1942, Arthur Rose Limited employed local painter, Stanley Brunst, in the dry cleaning plant. Brunst had an arrangement with Arthur Rose whereby over the noon hour, he would close the door to the dry cleaning room and paint during his lunch break.

The effects of World War Two on the family business echoed the experience of businesses across the country. It was a time of shortages, there was a scarcity of machinery, it was hard to get supplies, and gasoline rationing meant transportation was difficult. It was hard to find reliable and efficient employees with so many men in the armed services. There was also a change in the type of dry cleaning required, in comparison to the late 1930s. With more women taking jobs outside the home, there was less time for housekeeping, and more women's clothes were brought in for dry cleaning. Recognizing another wartime need, the Roses set up a domestic laundry service and took government contracts to maintain army uniforms and supplies for the Dundurn Military Camp outside Saskatoon.

The post-war period brought about even more change. New fabrics developed during the war did not require professional dry cleaning or laundering as often as natural fabrics. The shirt laundering department, which had increased to about 10,000 shirts per week in the late 1940s, was less than half that in 1952-1953 due to the easy care of new polyester-cotton shirts.

The fur business also required some change in this period. Because transportation was easier and more rural people were coming into Saskatoon to shop, Arthur Rose's fur sales - which had formerly been handled entirely by a travelling salesman - now required the operation of a city-based business. In 1952, Arthur Rose Limited bought a competing fur business, Trute Furriers, and melded it into its organization. In 1958, the Roses purchased another competing business, Marvins (1958) Limited - a dry cleaner and retail furrier. The dry cleaning work was moved to the Arthur Rose plant, and Trute Furriers was moved from 2nd Avenue to Marvins' former location on 3rd Avenue. In 1959, the Roses set up a separate parent company to operate these fur businesses, called Consolidated Fur Enterprises Limited, Saskatoon.

In the 1960s, other small, self-contained dry cleaning plants began opening throughout the city, making it easier for customers to drop off and pick up their clothes themselves, rather than having them picked up and delivered by Arthur Rose Limited. The expanded Rose plant was not keeping busy enough, so the Roses began looking for innovative services to increase business, adding features such as drapery cleaning and a refinishing department. In the early 1970s, rental and cleaning of work clothing and floor mats for businesses was introduced, and gradually increased to the point where additional plant space was rented on Ontario Avenue. In 1971, Rose-Art Furs opened a retail store in the newly built Midtown Plaza in downtown Saskatoon.

In 1982, three long time employees of Arthur Rose Dry Cleaning Division - Don Sanderson, Stan Sukkau and Doug Butcher - purchased the dry cleaning part of the business, which became "Arthur Rose the Careful Cleaner." In 1984, the Roses sold Trute Furriers to another local furrier with long-time experience. In 1985, Rose-Art Furs sold its entire stock and the business was dissolved.

Sunderland Family, 1864-2000

  • PA 318
  • Famille
  • 1864-2000

Charles William Sunderland was born in Hereford, England on March 13, 1864 to Joseph and Susan (Pearce) Sunderland. As a young man, Charles Sunderland was a merchant seaman before immigrating to North Dakota. It was there that he met Elizabeth Victoria Stewart. Charles and Elizabeth Sunderland were married on March 1, 1893.

Between 1894 and 1903 Charles and Elizabeth Sunderland had six children: Susan, Wilfred, Lewis, Evelyn, Pearce, and Cleve. In September 1904, the family moved by train from North Dakota and settled in Tyvan, Saskatchewan. The original destination for the family was the village of Osage, however the rail line had not yet been constructed to that village. The Sunderland family first lived in a tent, and then moved into their newly constructed house in the village. Charles Sunderland was one of the first seven male settlers in Tyvan and with Elizabeth and the children, the first family to settle there. Six more children were born between 1907 and 1918: Margaret, Constance, Charles, Beatrice, Ethel and Nanton. Elizabeth Sunderland died on August 13, 1933.

Upon moving to Tyvan, Charles Sunderland built and operated a business and managed the Tyvan Lumber Company. On August 4, 1908, he was appointed Post Master for the Village of Tyvan. Along with his duties as Post Master, he was the agent for the Great West Coal Company. Daughters Susan, and later Beatrice, assisted their father in the post office. Sunderland served as Post Master until his death while at work on December 20, 1943.

Cleve Sunderland was born on June 19, 1903 and was an infant when his family settled in Tyvan. He served in the Second World War. Cleve Sunderland never married. He died on August 26, 1972.

Beatrice (Tootie) Sunderland took over as Post Mistress of the post office in Tyvan temporarily after her father's death. Tootie married Gordon William Hill of Tyvan on January 21, 1944. Tootie and Gordon Hill lived in the Tyvan area and in Regina. They had two children: Mary Elizabeth and Charles Gordon (Charlie). Tootie Hill died on September 9, 2000.

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