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Anderson, James Thomas Milton, 1878-1946

  • PA 522
  • Person
  • 1878-1946

James Thomas Milton Anderson was born on July 23, 1878, in Fairbank, Ontario, to James and Mary (Ferris) Anderson. He received his early education in Fairbank and in Toronto. He taught for six years in Algoma, Ontario, before relocating to Manitoba in 1906 and subsequently to Saskatchewan in 1908 where he taught at Gravel Plain S.D. #1492 near Melville. He moved to Grenfell in 1910 where he served as teacher and principal of Grenfell Village School. In the fall of 1911, Anderson was appointed Inspector of Schools by the provincial Department of Education and served in this role until 1918. Concurrent to his employment, Anderson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (1911), a Bachelor of Laws degree (1913), and a Master of Arts degree (1914) from the University of Manitoba, and a Doctorate of Pedagogy from the University of Toronto in 1918. Also in 1918, Anderson's book The Education of the New Canadian: A Treatise on Canada's Greatest Educational Problem was published. From 1918 to 1922, Anderson served as provincial Director of Education Among New Canadians, and from 1922 until 1924, was Inspector of Schools for the Saskatoon City district and an instructor at the Saskatoon Normal School.

Anderson became leader of the Conservative Party in Saskatchewan at its convention in March 1924. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1925 as the Conservative Party Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Saskatoon City constituency. He was re-elected in the June 1929 general election. On September 4, 1929, the minority Liberal Government was defeated in a motion of confidence by a coalition comprised of Conservative, Progressive and Independent members of the Legislature. Anderson was sworn in as Premier of Saskatchewan and President of the Executive Council on September 9, 1929. He also served as Minister of Education (1929-1934) and Minister of Natural Resources (1930-1934). In response to the socio-economic crisis of the Depression, Anderson's self-described "co-operative government" established the Saskatchewan Relief Commission and the Debt Adjustment Board in 1931. It also made amendments to The School Act in an effort to make public schools more secular, and to The Public Service Act through the establishment of the Public Service Commission. The formal transfer of the jurisdiction of Crown lands and natural resources in 1930 also occurred during Anderson's premiership. The Anderson Government was defeated in the 1934 general election by the Liberal Party led by James Gardiner.

Although he lost his seat in Legislature in the 1934 election, Anderson continued as leader of the Conservative Party until October 1936. He then operated an insurance business in Saskatoon until September 1944 when he was appointed as Acting Superintendent of the Provincial School for the Deaf. Anderson died in Saskatoon on December 29, 1946. He was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon.

Anderson married Edith Redgwick on July 26, 1911, in Grenfell. They had two children: Byron and Elaine. Edith Anderson died in Saskatoon on July 12, 1947, and was interred beside her husband at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Andrew, Bob [Robert Lynal], 1944-

  • PA 250
  • Person
  • 1944-

Robert Lynal Andrew was born on April 13, 1944 in Eston, Saskatchewan to Robert Elvin Andrew, an elevator agent, and Elizabeth Ann Ellis. Andrew received his primary and secondary education in Eston and earned Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in 1966 and 1970 respectively.

Andrew's interest in politics was evident at an early age. In 1968, he worked on Robert Stanfield's federal election campaign and worked locally for the federal Progressive Conservatives campaigns in 1972 and 1974.

Andrew worked in the oil and potash industries in Saskatchewan and Alberta from 1967 to 1970, when he began practicing law in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. He was admitted to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1971 and was the senior partner in the Kindersley firm Andrew, Ritter, Chinn from 1973 to 1980. Andrew was a member of the Eston Town Council (1972-1974) and was active in the Kindersley community. He served as Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of the Minor Sports Association and President of the Bar Association.

Andrew was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1978 and served as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Kindersley constituency until 1989. Andrew served in the Grant Devine Government as Minister of Finance (1982-1985); Minister of Economic Development and Trade (1985-1988); Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1986-1989) and Minister of Trade and Investment (1988-1989).

Andrew was Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards and commissions including Provincial Auditor (1982-1985); Saskatchewan Assessment Authority (1982-1983); Municipal Financing Corporation (1982-1985); Treasury Board (1982-1985); Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (1983-1985); Crown Investments Corporation (1983-1986); Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) (1985-1986); Provincial Mediation Board (1987-1989) and Office of the Rentalsman (1987-1989).

Andrew resigned from Cabinet on October 3, 1989. In December, 1989, he vacated his seat in the Legislature and became the agent-general in Saskatchewan's new trade office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bill Boyd (PC) became the MLA for the Kindersley constituency in October, 1991.

On November 22, 1991, Andrew was dismissed from his trade post when the NDP government closed all of the province's trade offices. Andrew was appointed to the National Energy Board in December, 1991. He moved to Calgary, Alberta and began his term in March, 1992. Andrew was fired from the National Energy Board in May 1997.

Andrew was a Canadian Permanent Fund Scholar in 1968.

Bob Andrew married Norma Lynne Tunall on December 22, 1964. They have four children: Robert, Kalen, Sharmen, and Dreeson.

Baker, Henry Harold Peter, 1915-2004

  • Person
  • 1915-2004

Henry Baker was born in Lipton, Saskatchewan on November 24, 1915. He graduated from Regina Teacher's College and worked as a teacher from 1934 until World War Two began when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following military service, Baker became secretary of the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission in 1944. He then entered municipal politics in Regina and was elected to city council in 1955 and would serve as its mayor from 1958 to 1970 and from 1973 to 1979. Concurrent with most of his time as mayor, Baker was also a member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly; representing the constituency of Regina East from 1964-1967, Regina South East 1967 to 1971, Regina Wascana from 1971 to 1975, and Regina Victoria from 1975 to 1982.

Henry Baker died in Regina on March 4, 2004.

Bentley, Thomas John, 1891-1983

  • PA 410
  • Person
  • 1891-1983

Thomas John Bentley was born on May 3, 1891 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to Wells and Annie (Brown) Bentley. He was educated in Nova Scotia. Bentley worked in logging camps and on railway bridge construction prior to enlisting with the Canadian Army in 1915. He served overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 66th Battalion and received the Distinguished Conduct Medal during his tour of duty.

Bentley returned to Canada in 1919 and farmed in the Preeceville, Saskatchewan district until 1926, when he began work with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, first as an elevator operator and later as field staff. Bentley resigned from the Pool in 1944 to embark on a career in politics.

Bentley was elected to the House of Commons in 1945 and served as a Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) member for the Swift Current constituency until his defeat in 1949. He was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1949 and served as a CCF member for the Gull Lake (1949-1952) and Shaunavon (1952-1960) constituencies. Bentley served in the T.C. Douglas Government as Minister of Public Health (1949-1956) and Minister of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation (1956-1960). He retired from political life in 1960.

Bentley served two years on a medicare advisory committee headed by Dr. Walter Thompson before retiring to Saskatoon and later Vancouver, British Columbia. He died on June 2, 1983 in Vancouver.

Bentley married Lenora Rachel Chabot on April 1, 1914. They had five children: Ruth, Joseph, Donald, Thomas, and Jack.

Berntson, Eric Arthur, 1941-2018

  • PA 314
  • Person
  • 1941-2018

Eric Arthur Berntson was born on May 16, 1941 at Oxbow, Saskatchewan to Arthur Berntson and Johanna Larson. He received his early education at Glen Ewen, Saskatchewan and attended high school at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He later attended the University of Calgary.

After serving eight years as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, Berntson moved to Calgary, Alberta, where he worked in electronic data processing for National Cash Register. He returned to Saskatchewan around 1972 and began farming in the Carievale district. Berntson was a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and the Royal Canadian Legion.

Berntson was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1975 and served as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Souris-Cannington constituency until 1990. He was Leader of the Official Opposition in the Saskatchewan Legislature from 1979 to 1982. Berntson served in the Grant Devine Government as Minister of Agriculture (1982-1983); Minister of Economic Development and Trade (1983-1985); Provincial Secretary (1983-1990); Minister of Economic Development and Tourism (1989-1990) and Deputy Premier (1982-1989). He was Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards and commissions including Agricultural Development Corporation (1982-1990); Saskatchewan Water Corporation (1985-1986); Souris Basin Development Authority (1986-1989); Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation (1988-1990) and Crown Investments Corporation (1987-1990).

Berntson resigned from Cabinet on April 10, 1990 and vacated his seat in the Saskatchewan Legislature on July 19, 1990. On September 27, 1990, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada on the advice of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Berntson served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1994 to 1997. He resigned his seat in the Senate on February 27, 2001.

Eric Berntson died at Ottawa, Ontario on September 23, 2018.

Bird, Dick and Ada, 1892-2003

  • PA 17
  • Family
  • 1892-2003

William Henry Richard "Dick" Bird was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England on August 16, 1892. From an early age he developed a keen interest in cinema and still photography. His first cinema film experience occurred in 1905 watching Boer Was footage at the theatre in Leamington. Emigrating at the age of fourteen, Bird came to Vermont to live with an uncle in c.1907. His family later followed, settling in Fort William, Ontario.

Starting his career in Chicago, Illinois, Bird travelled extensively, gaining experience as a freelance cinematographer covering events for various organizations and film companies in the United States, China, Japan, Korea, South America, Mexico, and Canada, shooting newsreels, animated cartoons, travelogues and commercial motion pictures. In 1919, while living in Toronto, Bird was elected first president of the Canadian Professional and Press Photographers Association. Also in 1919, Bird played an instrumental role organizing Local 636 of the Cinematographers and Motion Picture Craftsmen, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union.

In 1921 Dick Bird moved with his family to Regina, Saskatchewan to make documentary, educational and industrial films for the Saskatchewan government. He continued to shoot newsreels for Pathescope. He also founded Bird Films Ltd., a photographic shop, in Regina in 1928. During this time his photography often mirrored his achievements in filmmaking. This included flights of the RAF Forestry Air Fire Patrol in northern Saskatchewan, the opening of the Albert Memorial Bridge in Regina in 1930 and the Regina Riot of 1935. He also filmed the opening broadcast of Saskatchewan's first radio station CKCK in 1922, the first drilling for oil and gas in the province, as well as the visits of various dignitaries, including Edward, Prince of Wales, on his 1919 Canadian tour. In 1922 Bird founded the Canadian Cinema Arts Society. He continued to travel through Europe in the 1930s filming newsreels of the Spanish Civil War and Hitler Youth rallies.

By the 1930's, however, the primary focus of Bird's career had shifted to nature photography and conservation. Elected president of the Regina Natural History Society, he actively promoted public interest in wildlife. In 1937 he began a weekly program on CKCK Radio "Camera Trails". He published The Camera Trailer, a newsletter illustrated with his own photographs for distribution to his radio audience. He also started a nature club for children and encouraged nature field trips throughout rural Saskatchewan. Bird also produced commercial films for the Boy Scouts of Canada and the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.

Soon after coming to work in Canada following the end of the First World War, Dick Bird had met and married Pansy Myrtle Fern Nix of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Actively supporting her husband's career, Pansy Bird managed and operated Bird Films Ltd. while Dick was travelling on film assignments. Dick and Pansy Bird had three children Gordon, Jeanne (Kaad) and Yvonne (Ellis). Their son died as a child and Pansy died in Mexico in 1937.

Ada Gertrude Bovee was born near Avonlea, Saskatchewan on December 21, 1917 to James and Gertrude (Nelson) Bovee. She was the youngest of six children. The Bovees came to homestead in the Avonlea area from Wisconsin in 1906. Trained in business and an amateur ornithologist, Ada also was active in the local Avonlea Sunday School, Mission Band, choirs and the I.O.D.E. She met Dick Bird in the early 1940s when he was invited to show films to her Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) church group. Soon after Ada began working for Bird Films photographing birds, animals and flowers. During the Second World War Ada and Dick showed films and slides in many rural towns and villages in the province in support of the "Milk for Britain" campaign.

In December 1946 Dick and Ada Bird were married, marking a long personal and business partnership as cinematographers travelling throughout Canada, the United States and the world producing nature films and conducting winter lecture tours. From 1952 to 1955 they shot film footage for Walt Disney Production's True Life Adventure series. Their lecture audience included Harvard, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian Institute. The Audubon Society sponsored many of their tours. The Birds' still photography taken during the period of the 1940's and 1950's is dominated by wildlife, flora, and natural scenery.

In 1960 Dick and Ada Bird retired from eight years of lecture tours to their property at Buena Vista near Regina Beach, which had been in the Bird family since the early 1940s. They continued to show films in Regina public schools to encourage awareness of conservation among school children, and also were guest speakers at various Canadian Clubs in Eastern Canada. In the 1970s Dick began work on his memoirs and on a history of photography, although ill health prevented the completion of this project. Ada worked from 1969 to 1983 with Muir Barber Ltd. in the hardware and gift business. After Dick's death in 1986, Ada moved into Regina. She continued to be active in many senior and church groups.

Throughout his life, Dick Bird received many honours. He was an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. In 1950 he was the second Canadian, after Yousuf Karsh, to become a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America. In that year he also became the first life member of the Saskatchewan Natural History Society. In May 1976 Bird received an honourary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Regina. He was also honoured as Saskatchewan's Pioneer Cinematographer at the International Film Festival in Yorkton in 1979.

Bird Films Ltd. was, since its early years, very much a family business, operated by Dick and Pansy Bird, their daughters, and later their daughters' husbands. The business sold cameras, film and accessories and also had a studio and film lab. Dick Bird remained active in Bird Films into the 1960s. Bird Films continues (2005) to operate as a photography business with a third generation of family management.

Dick Bird died on September 27, 1986. Ada Bird died on October 3, 2003 in Regina.

Bowerman, Ted, 1930-2007

  • PA 253
  • Person
  • 1930-2007

George Reginald Anderson (Ted) Bowerman was born on November 3, 1930 at Shellbrook, Saskatchewan to Edward Leroy and Laura Rosalee Bowerman. Bowerman was the youngest of six children. He attended Rayside School, and also took vocational training in agricultural resource management and administration.

Prior to entering politics, Bowerman joined the Saskatchewan Smoke Jumpers, Canada's first aerial fire-fighting team, in 1949. In 1951, he became a Field Officer and Game Warden with the Saskatchewan Department of Natural Resources. Bowerman was also employed in commercial fishing, and farmed north of Shellbrook.

Bowerman was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1967 and served as a New Democratic Party (NDP) member for the Shellbrook constituency. Bowerman served until the 1982 general election when he was defeated by Lloyd John Muller of the Progressive Conservative Party. He also ran unsuccessfully in the 1986 general election.

Bowerman served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Indian and Métis (1971-1972); Minister of Mineral Resources (1971-1972); Minister of Natural Resources (1972-1974); Minister of Northern Saskatchewan (1972-1978); and Minister of Environment (1978-1982). He was Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Forest Products (1974-1976); Saskatchewan Water Supply Board (1974-1982); Saskatchewan Minerals (1979-1980); Provincial Library (1980-1982); and Treaty Indian Land Entitlements (1980-1982).

After leaving politics, Bowerman returned to farming and was active in the Shellbrook community. Ted Bowerman died on December 20, 2007 near Provost, Alberta.

Ted Bowerman married Dagmar Alma Louise Christiansen on February 14, 1959. They had three children: Stephen (deceased), Curtis and Mark.

Brockelbank, John E., 1931-2020

  • PA 21
  • Person
  • 1931-2020

John Edward Brockelbank was born on February 23, 1931 at Tisdale, Saskatchewan to John Hewgill and Helen Buchanan (Bell) Brockelbank. He resided in the Bjorkdale district until the family moved to Regina after his father's appointment to the T.C. Douglas Government in 1944. Brockelbank attended the Regina Campus, University of Saskatchewan for one year before accepting a position as an instrument technician with the British American Oil Company in 1951.

Brockelbank moved to Saskatoon in 1952 and was active in labour and co-operative movements. He held positions in his local of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, and served on the boards of the Saskatoon Low Rental Housing Authority and the Saskatoon Co-operative Association.

Brockelbank was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1964 and served as a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) member for the Saskatoon City constituency. He was re-elected in 1967 as the New Democratic Party (NDP) member for the Saskatoon Mayfair constituency, and in 1975 for the Saskatoon Westmount constituency.

Brockelbank served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Public Works (1972-1975); Minister of Government Services (1972-1975); Minister of Telephones (1972-1975); Minister Responsible for Communications (1972-1975); Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Telecommunications (1974-1975); Minister Responsible for Central Vehicle Agency (1974-1975); Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Purchasing Agency (1974-1975); and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Printing Company and Queen's Printer (1974-1975).

In 1975, Brockelbank resigned from Cabinet when he was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. He was Speaker and a Member of the Legislative Assembly until being defeated by Gay Caswell of the Progressive Conservative Party in the 1982 General Election. He was elected to Saskatoon City Council in 1982 and served one term (1982-1985). Brockelbank returned to the Legislative Assembly in 1986 when he was again elected member for the Saskatoon Westmount constituency, and served until his retirement from politics in 1991. Following his career in politics, Brockelbank was active with the Meewasin Valley Authority at Saskatoon.

Brockelbank died at Saskatoon on February 3, 2020.

Estey, Clarence Leslie Baldwin, 1917-1995

  • PA 500
  • Person
  • 1917-1995

Clarence Leslie Baldwin Estey was born on June 29, 1917, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to James Wilfred and Muriel Alice Estey. He received his early education in Saskatoon at Albert School, Victoria School and Nutana Collegiate. Estey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1940 from the University of Saskatchewan. He was called to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1941. Estey enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1941 and was wounded in action in France in 1944. He returned to Canada and was discharged.

Prior to his entry into politics, Estey practised law with the firm of Moxon and Schmidt in Saskatoon. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1956. Estey sat on the Saskatoon Public School Board for several terms during the 1950s and 1960s and served as its chair.

Estey was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1967 and served as the Liberal Party Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Saskatoon Nutana Centre constituency until 1971. He served in the Ross Thatcher Government as Minister of Municipal Affairs (1967-1970); Minister of the Saskatchewan Indian and Métis Department (1969-1970); Minister of Industry and Commerce (1970-1971); and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Power Corporation (1970-1971).

Following his defeat in the 1971 election, Estey returned to his law practice. He was appointed as a justice of the Court of Queen's Bench in 1974 and served on the bench until his retirement in 1992. Clarence Estey died in Saskatoon on March 5, 1995.

Clarence Estey married Virginia Grace Smith on August 17, 1945. They had three children: Jean, Susan and James.

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