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The legendary John Grieve Oliver: Builder, ferryman and entrepreneur - The Battlefords News-OptimistTuesday, 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...
Clark Davey, 1928-2019: 'The true journalist of journalists' - Ottawa CitizenWednesday, March 27, 2019
He was heartbroken after failing his medical, but an English teacher told him that people would pay him to write. So he enrolled in the first journalism degree course taught at University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1948 and joining the newsroom of the Chatham Daily News.There, he worked under Richard "Dic" Doyle, but moved to Kirkland Lake when the Thomson newspaper chain made him editor-in-chief of the Northern Daily News. His time there was brief, however, as his girlfriend, Joyce Gordon, issued him an ultimatum: Northern Ontario or me. He chose her: they married in September 1952.In the meantime, he joined the newsroom of the Globe and Mail, where his mentor Doyle had been working for a year.As a reporter with the Globe, Davey covered national and international affairs, including the Suez Canal crisis, the St. Lawrence Seaway project and the cancellation of the Avro Arrow program. During the 1957 federal election campaign, he recognized that Tory leader John Diefenbaker was gaining momentum and might actually win, and convinced his editors to allow him to stay with the Chief's campaign for 40 days.
Clark Davey, former publisher of the Montreal Gazette, displaying a mock-up of the paper's new Sunday edition in 1988.
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When Doyle became editor of the Globe in 1963, he chose Davey as his managing editor, and, according to Mills, the two raised the broadsheet's reputation from that of a local paper to a national one. Davey was managing editor for 15 years before joining the Vancouver Sun in 1978. He was publisher there until 1983, when he took over at the Gazette. He was publisher of the Citizen from 1989 to 1993. He was also president and chair of The Canadian Press, and co-founder and president of the Michener Awards Foundation that oversees the country's most prestigious journalism prize."He was the true journalist of journalists," says Kim Kierans, journalism professor at University of King's College in Halifax and Michener Foundation board member. "He told me when I last saw him in November, ‘If we're not providing the encouragement for journalism organizations and journalists within them to do the journalism that matters, then we're in trouble as a democracy.'"He was also a lovely man, smart and sparkling … with incredible enthusiasm for the business and its future."According to Mills, Davey, who in 2002 led a protest on the steps of the Ottawa Citizen after Mills was fired for running an editorial critical of then-prime minister Jean Chrétien, was known as tough and gruff, "but deep down he was a really kind and thoughtful person, and a very good friend who was always fair to people. But if you didn't know him, he could be intimidating."And although he called the shots on the job, it was Joyce who ruled the home roost. According to son Ric, his father only stopped the presses twice - once while at the Globe, when Joyce called him to report that she and Ric thought they had just seen a UFO."That was the kind of pull she had over him," says Ric.Clark Davey is survived by his wife, Joyce; brother Kenneth George; children Ric (Rita Celli), Kevin (Margaret) and Clark Jr. (...
BRIAN DAVID MUEHLMAN - Burlington County TimesWednesday, March 27, 2019
Brian enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid whitetail deer hunter, traveling throughout United States and Canada hunting with his grandson, Kurt. Brian was a USCG Charter Captain on Lake Ontario for 15 years. His most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Gail Krauss Muehlman; his mother and step father, Margaret (Rex) Smith of Wexford; daughter, Candi (Joe) Landles of Evans City; step daughter, Becky Flagler of Pittsburgh; siblings, Connie Federbusch, Laurie (Ron) Mahen, and Mark (Pam) Muehlman, all of Mercer; nine grandchildren, Kurt, Mariah, Rayna, Seth, Brandon, Riley, Connor, Liam, and Nico; and several nieces and nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Paul Muehlman and his brother in law, Oscar Federbusch. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the blessing service at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Father Mark Thomas will officiate. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Brian's memory may be made to the Steven King Foundation, 621 Street, Jetmore, KS 67854 or Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randalman, NC 27317. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh. com.
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Cecile J. Briggs - WatertownDailyTimes.comWednesday, March 27, 2019
Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. There will be no funeral services and burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.Cecile was born on November 14, 1933 in Cornwall, Ontario, the daughter of Claude and Bertha (Belanger) Villeneuve. She married Joseph Maugeri Jr. on February 21, 1958. He predeceased her on April 19, 1972. She later married Ivan Briggs on June 20, 1975. He predeceased her in June 2001.She enjoyed playing bingo, traveling and spending time on social media.She is survived by her son Joseph Maugeri III and his wife Becky of Clayville, NY; three grandchildren, Joseph, Benjamin and Matthew Maugeri; a brother, Cyril and wife Sylvia Villeneuve and two sisters, Claudette Lefebvre and Bernadette Good as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters Bernice Sequin and Marie Claire Payette.Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Memories and online condolences may be share with the family at www.PhillipsMemorial.com.
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