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Henry Thomas Wake Family, 1831-

  • PA 425
  • Family
  • 1831-

Henry Thomas Wake was born in Whittlebury, England on April 29, 1831 to Henry and Ann (Coulson) Wake. He married Lydia Carter in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England on December 28, 1853. Lydia Carter was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Linnell) Carter of Banbury.

Between 1855 and 1969, Henry Thomas and Lydia Wake had eight children: Elizabeth, Henry, Hugh, Ann, Mary, John, William and Martha. The family moved to Scotby, England and later to Cockermouth, Cumberland, England where Henry Thomas Wake was a bookseller. The Wakes belonged to the membership of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Lydia Wake died in Cockermouth in June, 1875.

Henry Thomas Wake's second marriage was to Hannah Sadler. Wake operated the Chestnut Bank Friends' School in Fritchley, Derbyshire, England. He died in Fritchley on January 1, 1914.

Martha "Pattie" S. Wake was born in Cockermouth on May 11, 1869 to Henry Thomas and Lydia Wake. She was educated at a boarding school for a short time following her mother's death in 1875; but returned home to be educated by her father at the Chestnut Bank Friends' School.

Martha Wake married Joseph Hinde in Fritchley on April 12, 1889. Joseph Hinde was born in Maryport, Cumberland, England on October 3, 1862 to Robert and Ann (Shepherd) Hinde. Between 1890 and 1908, Martha and Joseph Hinde had eight children: Edith Mary, Leonard W., Joseph Edward "Bob", Alfred Carter, Winifred, Henry "Harry" Wake, Elizabeth "Elsie" Linell, and Lydia "Daisie" Margaret. The family immigrated to Canada between 1911 and 1912, and settled in the Halcyonia district near Borden, Saskatchewan. They operated a family ranch, Valley Springs Ranch, where Martha resided until her death. She died in Borden on August 14, 1953; Joseph Hinde died in Saskatoon on March 16, 1955.

Hugh Wake was born in Plaistow, Essex, England on May 14, 1858 to Henry Thomas and Lydia Wake. He married Margaret Kelsall in Fritchley on February 9, 1885. Together they had eleven children: Peter, Ann, Joshua Kelsall, Arthur, Lydia, Henry, John, Margaret "Sissie", William "Billy" Oliver, Lavinia, and Philip.

In 1904, Hugh and Joshua Kelsall Wake immigrated to Canada and settled in the Thistledale district near Borden, Saskatchewan. They were granted patent to homesteads at NE2-40-8-W3 and NW2-40-8-W3, respectively. Margaret Wake and the remainder of the surviving children, with the exception of daughter Lydia, came to Canada in 1913 and settled in the area.

Hugh and Margaret Wake resided in the Thistledale district until their deaths. Hugh Wake died in Borden on January 31, 1934; Margaret Wake died in Borden on November 18, 1944.

Iser Steiman Family, 1898-

  • PA 497
  • Family
  • 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.

James Warren Brown Family, [1852?]-

  • PA 383
  • Family
  • 1852-

James Warren Brown was born ca. 1852 in Ontario (Township of Hamilton, County of Northumberland). He married Jessie Eugene Bell (born December 30, 1850) in Port Hope, Ontario on March 2, 1875. In the 1880s, James Warren Brown operated a farm in Ontario with George H. Brown (Township of Culross, County of Bruce, Lot 5, 8th Concession).

The Brown family moved to the Springbrook district in the North-West Territories (now known as Saskatchewan) around 1890. In 1892, James Warren Brown purchased the land on NE 15-20-14-W2. On February 24, 1894, he applied for a homestead on NW 12-20-14-W2 and was issued title to the land on May 10, 1907.

James and Jessie Brown had nine children: Burton (Bert) Howard; Sarah Tryphena (Phenia); Ethel Lillian (Walter D. Wright); James Fenton (Florence Emma Brown); Gertrude Leoine (William H. Wright); Dora Matilda (Richard M. Ryan); Arthur Artimus (Mary Amelia Nicholls); Clifford Warren (Hazel Elizabeth ?) and Edna.

Jessie Eugene Brown died in Springbrook on March 28, 1915. James Warren Brown died on June 9, 1929 at Springbrook. Ethel Wright died on March 22, 1933. James Fenton Brown died on March 20, 1938. Edna Brown died at age 7 (year unknown).

John A. Valens Family, 1873-1983

  • PA 173
  • Family
  • 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.

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