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The legendary John Grieve Oliver: Builder, ferryman and entrepreneur - The Battlefords News-Optimist

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Battleford pump house on the north side of the river. The life of a ferryman was hard and that would be understating it considerably. Oliver’s ferry was the only form of transportation until the iron bridge opened a decade later. Ever the innovator and entrepreneur, John Oliver initiated the first Battlefords Sunset Riverboat Cruises in the west. For a handsome fee, leading citizens from both communities boarded the Battleford after sunset for a cruise to Delmas and back. There was good food, good drink, music (provided by local musicians) and dancing. The cruises were the premier social events of the year. On occasion, ferry operators had to deal with some huge challenges. In 1906, the Battleford’s ferry wheel picked up a coil of wire in the river. The wire twisted hundreds of time around the shaft – a critically serious matter. A bulletin went out to inform that the ferry was shut down for repairs and that all traffic on the river was suspended for the rest of the fall. What happened to Oliver’s ferry, the Battleford? One night in a storm, it broke from its moorings and floated downstream to a sand bar. It was stuck there for many weeks. Finally it was stripped of most of its machinery, the boiler, the smoke stack and other components. And that was the end of the fabled Battleford. Octave Nolin took the loss. John Oliver had been out of the ferry business for some time. I would be remiss if I did not offer a few remarks on Oliver’s personal and family life. Oliver and the former Julia Cousins were married on Nov. 28, 1882 at Brandon, Man. Oliver was a family man even though he was away from home for extended periods of time. He ran ferries on the Mackenzie River in British Columbia for the Hudson’s Bay Company. He would range far and wide on horseback searching for stands of lumber for his sawmills and building projects. He found lumber near Fort Edmonton (200 miles to the west), hauled in a crew to cut and skid the logs with powerful Clydesdale workhorses to the North Saskatchewan River to float them downstream to his sawmill at Battleford. Nothing seemed impossible for the supremely confident John Grieve Oliver during these years when he was in the prime of life.  The Olivers raised a family of five children (three girls and two boys) at a time when families were typically large. Five children was average. The Olivers’ children, their respective birth dates, the respective dates of their marriages, and the dates of their respective deaths are presented here in chronological order. Some of the Olivers’ children lived into the 1960s and ‘70s, so it is likely many Battlefords and area residents will recognize their names. Jane Agnes Oliver, born Sept. 13, 1883, at Turtle River, North West Territories. Married John Thomas Callahan on April 29, 1903. Died Nov. 12, 1971 at Prince George, B.C. Annie Belle Oliver, born Oct. 15, 1885 at Battleford, North West Territories. Married Hugh Minard McKenzie on Sept. 2, 1903. Died June 16, 1971 at Port Coquitlam, B.C. Jay Adam Oliver, born April 8, 1889 at Battleford, North West Territories. Died (by drowning) on July 8, 1901, North Saskatchewan River at Battleford, North West Territories. Arthur King Oliver, born Oct. 7, 1890 at Battleford, North West Territories. Married to Sarah (Sadie) Ann on Oct. 26, 1914. Died on Feb. 26, 1969 at Portland, Ore. Alice Grieve Oliver, born June 10, 1893, at Battleford. Married John Hewitt on Aug. 14, 1937. Died on July 6, 1977 at Port Coquitlam, B.C. There is no evidence anywhere in the public record to suggest Oliver did not love his wife and children, or that he had a roving eye. Oliver was consumed by his work. He was extremely wealthy, so his family had everything it could wish for exc...
http://www.newsoptimist.ca/opinion/columnists/the-legendary-john-grieve-oliver-builder-ferryman-and-entrepreneur-1.4335782

'A launching pad to start over': Three women find new lives with support of Kingston Interval House - The Kingston Whig-Standard

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Australia.She described their life Down Under as "very comfortable," and admitted their new one in Kingston was a significant transition. She wants to work, but she's found that Ontario's social assistance has made it next to impossible. She said the problem is that if you earn more than $500 a month, the province starts taxing it dollar-for-dollar up to 50 per cent. After 50 per cent, a person loses social assistance and any benefits, she said."It makes it frightening. I know why people don't want to get off of it," Wiwchar said."I went to an employment agency and was told basically I'm unemployable to them … I went home and I cried. How am I unemployable? I worked as a medic, as a makeup artist, I managed retail, and I have office training."Kerry is also on disability due to severe arthritis and is diagnosed bipolar. Her life has not been an easy one. In the winter of 2016 she says police recommended she reach out to Interval House because her ex-boyfriend, who constantly assaulted and stole from Kerry, had been released on parole and hadn't attended his halfway house."He just came and went as he pleased," Kerry said of her relationship with the man. "His whole family for six years just totally took over my life … he would inject me [with hydromorphone] while I was sleeping."At one point, she said, he kept her overdosed for three days so that he could steal her medications. Her 10-year-old son and dog at the time waited for her to wake."My son just laid with me," Kerry said. "He should have called an ambulance but he was afraid he'd be taken away."Taking her medications left her mentally unstable and unable to fully care for herself. Eventually it hospitalized her for five months, forcing Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington to take her preteen son away.Kerry was once a successful medical secretary. She says she was good at her job, but she was addicted to crack cocaine. She was introduced to the drug by another former partner who was also abusive.When she learned that her former partner was being released and was on the run, she was scared that he'd kill her. She called Interval House, stayed in the shelter for six months, and then lived in one of Robin's Hope's accessible units for nearly a year and a half.Kerry has been clean for three and a half years and gives back to Interval House by running painting classes at Robin's Hope. Kerry has also done her best to separate herself from destructive people, and while her sister has custody of her son, she said that relationship is becoming stronger every visit.Kerry explains you have to want to get better."I wanted to do the programs. You don't realize about how naive you are about red flags [in relationships] and boundaries," Kerry said. "I didn't realize how much of a sucker I felt I was, but also how mentally unhealthy I felt that I was to let someone control my mind like that. Call you stupid, make you feel less than."Making Claire feel she was "less than" was her former spouse's strategy to control her. A highly educated woman with a doctorate, Claire was often invited to speak at conferences around the wo...
https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/a-launching-pad-to-start-over-three-women-find-new-lives-with-support-of-kingston-interval-house

Albert Frank Czapski - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Park. He was preceded in death by a twin sister, Alberta Dorsey. Albert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westville. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed remote fly-fishing trips to Ontario, Canada, and golfing. He was a graduate of Westville High School, where he played football. He owned and operated Flip's Tavern for 35 years. He worked at Allied Chemical for 35 years and Thirion Glass for five years. He was on the Westville Fire Department and was former president of Westville-Belgium Sanitary District. Private services and entombment were held at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum, Danville, with Fr. Robert Hoffmann officiating. Memorials may be made to Westville Public Library. Rortvedt Funeral Services, Tilton, assisted the family. Online condolences at rortvedtfuneralservices.com. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
http://www.news-gazette.com/obituaries/2019-02-04/albert-frank-czapski.html

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar remembered as a dreamer - CTV News Windsor

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Last Updated Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:05PM EST BRAMPTON, Ont. -- An 11-year-old girl allegedly killed by her father in southern Ontario was a dreamer, a dancer and a singer who "always saw the good in every situation." It was standing room only at an Etobicoke funeral home as friends and family of Rajkumar gathered on Wednesday. In a eulogy delivered during the Hindu service, which was held at the Lotus Funeral and Cremation Centre on Wednesday morning, Riya was described as a "positive child" who loved life and "saw the good in every situation." On Tuesday night, about 100 mourners gathered to listen to speeches, poems and songs as the community remembered Riya Rajkumar in Brampton, Ont. "My daughter Riya was taken from me too early," Priya Ramdin, who did not attend the vigil, said in a statement read by Peel police Deputy Chief Chris McCord. "She never liked to be negative and always saw the good in every situation. If I'm ever upset, she would say 'Mama, don't be sad, look at the positives."' The day Riya died -- Valentine's Day -- was also her and her mother's birthdays. "Early that day, we went to do our nails and her choice of colour was red," Ramdin said. "She was so excited for her birthday, looking forward to having dinner later that evening. Never did I think that my daughter woul...
https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/11-year-old-riya-rajkumar-remembered-as-a-dreamer-1.4304744