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Grandmother Ethel Brown Boardman and the early 1900’s!

The early 1900’s were very eventful for my grandmother Ethel Adella Brown.  I last featured her and some photographs in the post dated April 1, 2011 “Ethel Adella Brown – Growing Up!”

My grandmother always dressed well.  In digging deep into my memories I realize that she never looked rumpled or untidy.  Here she is about the age of 20 which would place the time about 1902.  This is a reprint.  The original is missing?

Photo:  Rarely do I do a large photo.  This is amazing and I am proud of my Grandmother.  This photo was given to me by her oldest daughter Aileen sometime in the 1980’s before my Aunt’s death. So it is very precious to our family.   I wish I had seen it as a child.  As a child I would have been fascinated.  The questions I would have asked?  I think that my grandmother Ethel looks absolutely amazing. 

Photo:  This photo is of Ethel with a friend? There is no writing on the back. It probably dates about the same time as the one above. 

Photo:  Here is another picture of Ethel with a friend.  This time it has the name Della Gibner written on the back.  If you study the photo above and compare it to this photo, I think you will agree that it is the same lady.   That must have been a wonderful friendship!

Photos:  In this photo Ethel is having  fun.  She looks happy and like she is enjoying herself.  The hair is still in the elaborate style.  I do not have dates written on the back of any of these photos so I am guessing that it was around the late 1890’s and early 1900’s and close to the first photo I presented.  Here she seems younger.   The stamp reads:  W.C. Woods [59 E.] Main St., Winnipeg.  I had a hairpiece and it would take me a good 2 hours to put my hair up.  I have very thick hair.  Can you imagine the time these hairdos took?

Over the course of the early 1900’s my grandmother would experience sad and happy times. 

Unfortunately Ethel’s mother Emma Ward passes on the 20th of April 1905.  Ethel was about 23 at the time of this event. 

Several months later in August on the 28th of 1905 my grandmother Ethel Adella Brown married Robert Boardman in St. Paul.  She was now a married lady. 

Robert and Ethel are living with her father Richard Brown 1906 per the census.  Ethel was the only girl in the family so maybe she took on the duties of caring for her father, brother, and her husband.

Following in 1907 Ethel’s brother Charles lost his first wife Annie Stobbs on 4 October 1907.  She is buried in the St. John’s Cemetery in Winnipeg.

Edmund James Boardman, brother of her husband Robert, gets married to Jesse in August of 1908.  This is followed by the death of her father-in-law Edmund Boardman who passes October of 1908. 

The next year there is a wedding in October of 1909 with the marriage of brother Charles to Eva Nellie. 

Photographs below:  Ethel in a straw hat and without.  Straw hats were apparently worn in the summer time according to the Hat History website: 

The other change is the style of her hair.  It is now curly. 

Photo above:  Here she is looking a little wistful.  Again she is dressed beautifully.  

Photo:  Once again she is having fun in this photo.  That coat is something to see.  I wonder what it was made of?  The pose is very reminiscent of my Aunt Aileen. 

Things were going to change for Ethel about 1907.  She would become a mother and she would migrate with her husband Robert to Vancouver, British Columbia about 1910 and eventually to the U.S.


Family Photos – Brown Family Memories?

I was very grateful to receive from my Boardman cousin a pile of family photographs.  These were the ones my Aunt Aileen shared with me back in 1987.  Upon her death they disappeared and apparently ended up with the daughter of my uncle.  Thank goodness. I had regretted not securing them at the distribution of Aunt Aileen’s estate, so I was very happy to become the owner of them. 

Like all family collections of photographs you have ones you can identify and ones think you understand or ones that are a total mystery! 

In the post dated:   September 28, 2011 “Richard Brown Dies – July 1922!”    I featured two photos.  One of Richard Brown from an obituary notice in the newspaper and a photograph of my grandmother Ethel with a man who closely resembled Richard in later years.  The fact she is laughing and beaming is very significant.  The familiarity of the older man with his arm around her planted a seed in me?  I really do believe it is Richard?

Tip:  To see more detail in the photographs below, click on the photo and it will open into a larger window.  Just remember to click your back button to return!

I featured this following photograph of my grandmother Ethel sitting on a lawn area in front of a house, she is on the left.  There is another lady and young boy.  At first I thought it might be my great-grandmother Emma (Ward) Brown on the who died in 1905?  The young boy’s age is confusing.  If he was one of Ethel’s brothers he would be about her age, not so small and young?  The other option is it could be Annie (Stobb) Brown, the older brother Charles’ first wife? I am not aware that Charles and Annie had any children.  She died 1907.   So who is the young boy?  The other possibility is that it is Eva (see last two photos in this post), Charles’ second wife so that means this photo is older than I think?  I am having trouble because my grandmother Ethel had left with her family and migrated to Vancouver, B.C. by around 1907, the year of Annie’s death.  She also looks too young? 

Ethel on the Lawn

Charles Ward Brown has been featured in past posts dated  June 20, 25, and July 10,  2011.  We know this photograph from the newspaper to be Charles Ward Brown. 

Obituary Photo - Charles W. Brown


This photo is in the collection and it is identified as “Charles” by handwriting that looks like my mother’s?

Charles with a dog!

This next photograph is from an obituary for Arthur W. Brown, which I have featured with the complete obituary in a past post dated September 15, 2011 and August 13, 2011.

Obituary Photo of Arthur W. Brown

In the following photograph Arthur is identified again, by handwriting on the back again it looks like my mother’s?  I am not entirely convinced and think it is Charles?

Arthur W. Brown Identified but maybe not?


The next photograph looks very much like the man above but he has a mustache?  It is not identified! However, in the last two photographs on this post Charles has a mustache!

Is this Arthur or Charles with a mustache?

Still another photograph that is not identified.  I am leaning toward Charles for the photo above and below?  I did feature this with Arthur in the posted dated September 15, 2011 but I am starting to think it is not him?

Again Is this Arthur or Charles?


 The next photograph is very difficult.  It could be Charles or it might be Arthur?  Again I think it is Charles?

Charles or Arthur?


This photo below is fun and I wonder what the story was?  I am not sure if they were really camping?  The man on the right makes me think it is Charles, which means that the young man on the left is probably Charles Jr. or maybe it is a young brother Arthur? Charles would be 8 years older?  Nothing was written on the back.  What was the dog’s name?

Two men by a Tent?

Does the young man on the left in the photograph above look like this man in the 3 photographs below? 

Maybe Arthur?


Arthur or one of the sons of a Brown Brother?

The following two photos look like Charles and Arthur with their wives.  I think that one of the ladies is Teresa (on the right) who was Arthur’s wife.  This means the other lady would be Eva (in back), Charles’ second wife?  Charles is the man on the left and Arthur is between him and Teresa.  Take a close look at the photographs above, who has the mustache?  I think that Arthur had more hair and was darker in completion than his older brother Charles.  

The Brown Brothers & Wives?

The Brown Brothers!

It is fun to speculate and ponder old photographs.  Sometimes you get lucky and make a discovery.  The more you look at a photographs the more you recognize similarities in clothing and surroundings.  You can always change your mind as you contemplate the photos.  Just because someone writes something on the back does not mean they really knew.  My mother Marjorie (b. 1911) and her sister Aileen (b. 1908) were their nieces.  There families had moved to Vancouver, B.C. and eventually migrated to the U.S. by 1917.  The chances that they really knew them are very slim unless the Brown brothers visited?  The above two group photos would have to be dated after Annie’s death in 1907  but closer to 1914 when Arthur married Teresa? 

Comments are regarding these photographs are most welcome!

A Son Becomes of Age: Charles Ward Brown

In past posts I have tried to weave the story of the Boardmans and Browns together showing that they migrated and settled in Winnipeg about the same time and lived not far from each other. 

The Brown family stayed in Winnipeg and the sons of Richard and Emma Brown lived out their lives in that city.  Richard the father died in 1922 and I will talk about him as well.

On the otherhand, only one Boardman remained in Winnipeg and lived out his life.  The other Boardman sons left Winnipeg about 1907 after the death of Edmund Boardman and headed west to Vancouver, B.C. and eventually headed south into the United States.  I will return to my grandmother Ethel Adella Brown’s journey and her marriage to Robert Boardman one of the sons of Charlotte and Edmund but first, I would like to share what I know about the Brown family.  Credit for this information goes to Rick McLellan who did some research for me.  He can be found at the Manitoba Genealogical Society. 

I will start with the oldest son of Richard and Emma Brown.

Charles Ward Brown was born on 6 January 1875 in Lapeer Co., Michigan.  It is possible he was born in Port Huron, Saint Clair Co., Michigan were his parents married on 9 Jan 1874.  The St. John’s Angelican church has baptisms #77 and Charles is listed with this birth date and his parents are Richard Brown and Emma Ward.  The date of baptism is given as 29 June 1890.  This means that Charles was 15 years old when he was baptized.  His siblings are also listed as being baptized on the same date. 

He first appears in the Winnipeg City Directories about 1894 as a clerk.  In the 1900-1901 city directory he is listed as a clerk for Carruthers, Brock & Johnston company in Winnipeg and he is living at 175 Magus St.  This address is where his father and mother lived.  He continues working for this firm till about 1904 when he is listed as an accountant for F.J. Holland and Co. in Winnipeg and he is now living at 153 Magus street in Winnipeg.

The photograph provided may be Charles W. Brown.  On the back someone wrote “Charlie.”  There are other photos of a man who looks similar but they are not identified.  Charles’ obituary presents a photograph and in future post we can compare the photos along with the photos of his brother Arthur and see if we cannot figure out who is who.

Sometime around 1900 he joins the Beaver Lodge A.F. and A.M.

On July 10th, 1901 (Manitoba Vital Statistics)  Charles marries Annie Stobbs so this is probably why he is now living at 153 Magnus Ave. in Winnipeg.  He had established a home for himself and his new wife.

Charles and Annie appear in the 1906 Canadian Census on page 29 living in Manitoba, District of North Winnipeg, Sub-District 6a, enumerated on June 29, 1906, Line #13, family #202

Brown Charles, head, male, married, age 31 born U.S. , lived in area since 1881, 153 Magnus. Brown Annie, wife, female, married age 32, born in England, lived in area since 1881.

Further Winnipeg City Directory pages show that by 1906 Charles was working at the Brown-Clarke Agency to about 1909 and still living at 153 Magnus Ave.  He might be a principal in this agency but further research is needed to determine the extent of his involvement.

Unfortunately, tragedy strikes and Annie dies on 4 October 1907. 

Births, Marriage, Deaths – Deaths – Brown, On Oct. 4 at the Winnipeg General Hospital, Annie, the beloved wife of C.W. Brown, of the Brown-Clarke Agency, aged 33 years.  Funeral services will be held at her late residence, 153 Magnus avenue on Monday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 o’clock, to MacDougall church, and thence to St. John’s cemetery.  Winnipeg Free Press, Monday Oct. 7, 1907.

Annie is buried in St. John’s Cemetery

Annie shares with Arthur

Apparently their were no children born to Charles and Annie that are known.  They were married seven years which is long enough to have children.  Since I do not have her death certificate at this time I cannot determine cause of death and from the information provided at the Manitoba Vital Records database online not much information is given for Annie.

The Browns: Richard and Emily’s Family

This photograph is one of may that I don’t know much about.  I do know that the young woman on the left is my grandmother Ethel Adella Brown Boardman.  She must be in her teens?  I do not know who the two other people are, the woman and the boy.  I do not have a lot of photos of the Brown side.  

Ethel on the Lawn


My grandmother Ethel’s parents were Richard Brown and Emily Ward.  

Richard and Emily had 4 children: 

1.  Charles Ward Brown was born 6 January 1875 in probably Michigan.  He died 21 July 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  He first married Annie Stobb on 10 July 1901.  She was born 15 December 1873 and died 4 October 1907 in Winnipeg.  He married a second time to Eva Nellie Haffman on 14 October 1909 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She was born about 1883 in Manitoba.  They had 3 children. 

2. Ethel Adella Brown was born 10 June 1881 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and died 25 February 1965 in Seattle, King Co., Washington.  She married Robert Boardman on 28 August 1905 in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota.  They had 3 children see the posted dated April 12, 2010. 

3.  Arthur Ward Brown was born 29 November, 1883 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and died 30 March 1968 in Winnipeg.  He married Teresa Ploeger on 10 June 1914 in Winnipeg and they had 3 children. 

4. Alvin Brown was born about 1895 and died 7 December 1895 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.   My grandmother was 10 years old at his death.  

What has been found on my Brown side has been through the help of a researcher at the Manitoba Genealogical Society who searched city directories, vital records indexes, newspapers and cemeteries.  He went out to the cemeteries and took photos for me.  I am very grateful for his help.  His name is Rick McLellan and he is still listed on the Manitoba Genealogical Society website under Research Services: