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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...
Appeal ends, nearly $6000 raised - Sault StarThursday, April 12, 2018
Hunter Chamberlain and their son, Bentley, died last Tuesday. Their SUV, northbound on Highway 69 near Parry Sound, crossed the centre line and collided with a transport. The SUV caught fire. Ontario Provincial Police have not released the names of the deceased pending identification by Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences. Whitehead's best friend, Rebecca Chapman, launched a GoFundMe appeal (https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-jodey-whitehead) on Friday to help Victoria's mother, Jodey Whitehead, pay for funeral costs. Her goal was $2,000. That target was exceeded by more than 50 per cent within 24 hours with $3,186 donated by 66 contributors by 10 a.m Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, the tally grew to $5,980 from 136 donors. In an update, Chapman thanked donors and said the appeal was finished. “As per request by the family, I will be closing donations and taking the funds to them,” she said. “They decided that this is an overwhelming, but very appreciated amount of support, and that they would like me to close the fund as we have reached nearly $6,000.”Many donors offered their condolences about the trio's death. “My heart goes out to anyone impacted by this tragedy,” said Danielle Heatley. “I can't imagine the pain of losing a child and grandchild,” said MaryClaire Wood in a post. “I pray you find the strength to deal with this terrible loss.“Thanks to everyone for their generosity,” said Jonathan White...
Brockville area joins in mourning - Brockville Recorder and TimesThursday, April 12, 2018
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— City of Brockville (@BrockvilleON) April 9, 2018Organizations across Ontario were paying tribute to the victims of last week’s fatal bus crash.The bus carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a semi truck in northeast Saskatchewan on Friday, killing 15 people and leaving 14 others injured.The fatalities included 10 young teammates, ranging in age from 15 to 21, and five team personnel. Like many people across the country, the Wilsons placed a hockey stick on their porch in what has become a universal tribute to the lost players.The book of condolences is the product of city staff’s collaboration with Brockville’s Irvine Funeral Home.The tragedy also hit close to home for Mike Galbraith, a funeral director at Irvine who helped coordinate the book of condolences.“As a hockey dad, as a parent, as a funeral director, I can appreciate the chaos that’s going on,” he said.“Sometimes, people need an outlet.”Signing a book of condolences is a small way of confronting the powerlessness one feels in the wake of such a tragedy, said Galbraith.“This one’s kind of near and dear to the heart,” he added.“If I had the means and the time, I would fly out there today on a plane and help them out.”The Brockville Braves plan on contributing one dollar from every ticket sold to Tuesday’s Game at the Memorial Centre to a crowdsourcing fund for the victims. Galbraith said another version of the book of condolences will be set up at the arena ahead of that game.“It will all be added to one and sent off at the end of the week,” he added.Some 30 people had signed the city hall book as of mid-afternoon Monday, as word of the tribute began slowly to spread.Some of the people signing came from out of town, including Prescott, Mallorytown, Delta and Kingston.All of the local signatures and messages will be conveyed to Humboldt city hall.Elsewhere locally, organizers of the Brockville Winter Classic Weekend used their Facebook account to post tributes to the Broncos and a link to the crowdsourcing page.Brockville Mayor David Henderson said the scope of the tragedy extends beyond the world of hockey.“I think it wa...
'They lost their goalie': Don Mills Flyers pay tribute to murder victim Roy Pejcinovski in emotional return to the ice - Toronto StarThursday, April 12, 2018
Flyers and Marlboros. (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)Pejcinovski was a promising prospect in next year’s Ontario Hockey League draft. “We remember him as a teammate and friend,” West said, urging the boys to “sit together, support each other, and keep playing the game.” And they did, but with a twist. The two teams tossed their sticks into pile at centre ice — with no discernible divide between Flyers and Marlboros. Players picked sticks at random, shuffling them like a deck of cards into two new teams.They then peeled their rival jerseys and put on new ones, black or white with a capital “R,” for Roy, in burgundy. The colour in the boys’ socks — orange and black for the Flye...