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Volume 23 Number 3 of 3
Smiley's City
PA Branch Surname Search
Grateful Farewell

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Smiley’s City

Bill Smiley is an expert on Prince Albert. His slide show presentation at our May meeting was eclectic and prompted questions and recollections. In the order presented, here are the slides.

1. The Prince Albert Ferry circa 1910.
2. A band in front of the Old Arts Center with nine different organizations. This was when the building was a library.
3. The library on 1st Avenue and 8th Street.
4. The court house on 13th Street.
5. A fashionable wedding at the first Roman Catholic cathedral on 4th Avenue with the "Bishop's Palace" and hostel.
6. A newspaper clipping proclaiming "Housewife's task was monumental".
7. The Alberta ferry used for took people on pleasure cruises in the evening. Bands provided a concert. Tickets were maybe 25 cents.
8. On Central Avenue prosperous citizens driving horse and sleigh.
9. When the first power house proved inadequate, a new one was built on 6th Avenue W and River Street.
10. In 1896, the Cottage Hospital opened. Women did the fundraising. The Cottage Hospital in Paddockwood was the first in the North West Territories.
11. The first railway company in Prince Albert was the Qu'Appelle and Lond Lake Railway in 1890. The train left Prince Albert at 4:30 in the morning. Breakdowns, especially during snowstorms, made for colorful trips. Prince Albert's Round House is currently being used to restored engines.
12. Wittemen's Brewery became the Golden Lion. It was located by Riverside School with the Great Northern Railway nearby. The manager who lived across the street, had steam piped into his house from the brewery.

Bill Smiley presents a historical slide show of Prince Albert.

13. LaColle Falls fiasco was initiate by the city's desire for cheap electricity. Mitchell, an engineer, said no to the Shell River in 1908, but suggested that the Falls, would be viable. However, he did not collect data on the water levels year round.
14. Special footings required a special company and the cost began to mount. The hype though translated into a real estate boom and on paper it looked like people were making money.
15. The city expanded its boundaries to the point were it was a mere 10,000 acres smaller than Toronto.
16. The government insisted on locks and stuck the city with the bill.
17. The George V transported the goods from train station to the Falls. Materials frequently disappear on route.
18. The office of the Great West Iron, wood and Chemical Company persuade the city to invest in its superior paint.
19. Louis Riel spoke at the Preston Hall on River Street. He was well received until some former residents of Manitoba made their opinions known.
20. City spent money on the police station at Avenue B. Also, built the fire station, currently the Museum.
21. The lovely private home at 19th Street and 6th Avenue is still visible today.
22. Whenever river traffic required it, two men would crank the city's bridge.
23. The coming of the penitentiary contributed long term to the economy.
24. Men waiting outside the land office to stake homesteads.
25. The Men's Club on 12th Street W became the library, possibly the only library with its own wine cellar and a rumored underground entry. It was pleasant, bright, and sunny.
26. A 1966 bond burning in front of city hall.
27. Reception for the Choral Society who were award winners in Regina.
28. Change from horse to automobile. Was it George Wills or Judge Hanridge who had the first auto in Prince Albert?
29. The grand Empress Theatre.
30. The Masonic temple at 10th Street and Avenue A.
31. The P.A. Lunber Co. and Saw Mill at 17th Avenue and River Street. All that remains today is a huge block of concrete used as an anchor.

Prince Albert Branch Surname Inquiries

Wanted by Vickie La Rose (vplarose*sasktel.net) or phone 306-922-8393 information on John Elioff, born February 2 or 11, 1927 on Birch Ave. in Hamilton, Ontario. Also his brother Joseph who was born on January 1, 1930 in Hamilton, Ont. Their parents were Nellie Casina and Nickolas Elioff. Joseph married Kathy Holmes. They had a daughter whose name or birth date I do not know. The daughter married Bob Clarke, and they have two children ; Tara Elizabeth Clarke (1978) and David Robert Clarke (1980). I need information on all the people listed above. Also, looking for Lillian Joanne Lissee born on June 9, 1944 in Toronto, Ont. Also her sister Ludmilla Anne Lissee born on January 29, 1946 in Dunnville, Ontario. Their parents are Nettie Agnes Warbick and John Lissee.

Wanted by Nancy Carswell (carswell@sasktel.net) information on Wilhelm Ziebarth and Marie Meis(s)ner or others listed here.
1. Marie Meis(s)ner. Born in 1839. Marie died in 1923; she was 84.
Marie first married Wilhelm Ziebarth. Wilhelm died in 1865.
They had one child:
2 i. Edward Julius (1863-1933)
Marie second married Wilhelm "William" Klingbeil.
They had the following children:
3 i. Augusta Emilie (1866-1916)
4 ii. Ernestine (1871-1915)
5 iii. Helena "Lena" "Caroline" (1880-1924)
2. Edward Julius Ziebarth. Born in 1863, probably in Germany. Edward Julius died in 1933; he was 70. Occupation: blacksmith, lumber camp in winter.
Edward Julius married Anna Elizabeth Martha Kleppel. Born in 1862. Anna Elizabeth Martha died in 1902; she was 40.
They had the following children:
6 i. Anna Louise (1885-1980)
7 ii. Herman Carl (1888-1973)
8 iii. Reinhold Emil (1893-1894)
9 iv. Alvina Augusta (1890-1894)
10 v. Otto Emil (1895-1968)
11 vi. Elizabeth "Elsie"
12 vii. Lydia
Edward Julius married Elizabeth "Eliza" Levans.
They had the following children:
13 i. Pearl (1902-1994)
14 ii. Clement Edward "Clem" (1909-1982)
15 iii. Gordon (1910-1965)
16 iv. Ebert Joseph (1912-1966)
17 v. Lillian "Lillie" Myrtle
(born Sebastopol Township, south of Eganville, ON, moved to Pembroke, ON)
11 vi. Marjorie (1917-1934)
3. Augusta Emilie Klingbeil. Born in 1866. Augusta Emilie died in 1916; she was 50.
Augusta Emilie married Richard Otto Schweigert. Born in 1854. Richard Otto died in 1932; he was 78.
4. Ernestine Klingbeil. Born in 1871. Ernestine died in 1915; she was 44.
Ernestine married Carl "Charles" Herman Miller. Born in 1869. Carl "Charles" Herman died in 1940; he was 71.
5. Helena "Lena" "Caroline" Klingbeil. Born in 1880. Helena "Lena" "Caroline" died in 1924; she was 44.
Helena "Lena" "Caroline" married Carl "Charles" Herman Kaddatz. Born in 1863. Carl "Charles" Herman.

Grateful Farewell

It is with sincere gratitude that I bid my editing duties farewell. I am not setting aside my pen but directing my ink flow to university courses.

Yours, Nancy Carswell.





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