Category Archives: Saskatchewan

Jesse and Edmund James Rest Peacefully in Elmwood Cemetery!

Edmund James Boardman died suddenly on 12 May 1934 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  The Winnipeg Free Press placed an obituary for him on the front page with a photograph.

Portrait of E. James Boardman

Doctor Dies – Picture – Caption – Dr. E. J. Boardman, prominent Winnipeg physician, who died suddenly, Sunday morning, from heart trouble, when on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. P.D. Campbell, at Saskatoon.

Notice in the Newspaper

Prominent Physician of City is Dead, Dr. Edmond James Boardman etc…..

Dr. Edmond James Boardman, prominent Winnipeg physician, a former president of the Manitoba Medical Association, and one of the leading members of the Masonic Order, died suddenly Sunday morning while on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. P. D. Campbell, at Saskatoon.

Dr. Boardman was born in Shediac, New Brunswick in 1878. He came to Winnipeg with his parents in 1881. He received his education in the public schools here, and St. John’s college, and graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from the Manitoba Medical college in 1907.

He practiced as a general practitioner until 1918, when he took postgraduate studies for the purposed of specializing in urineology. His success in this branch of the professional service was very marked. Before entering the Medical college, Dr. Boardman engaged in commercial work, and was also employed with several survey parties engaged in surveying several districts in Manitoba and Ontario.

As a young man he took an active part in sports, football, baseball and boxing being his favorites. In later years, the game of golf took up what little time he could devote to out-of-door activities.

Heart Trouble Developed – Dr. Boardman enjoyed good health until a few years ago, when trouble of the heart developed. The special treatment and proper care he prescribed for himself prolonged his life.

Only last winter his son, Edmond J. Jr. and he, motored to Florida and back. His sojourn of three months was beneficial to his health, and he returned greatly improved. In spite of the handicap of indifferent health, he paid strict attention to his work in medicine.

As a member of the Masonic order, Dr. Boardman attained high rank. He was a Past Master of the Ancient Landmark Lodge, 3, D.R.M., Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, A.F. and A.M.; Past Chairman of the committee on Masonic research and education, Grand Lodge of Manitoba; Past First Principal of Prince Rupert, Chapter 1, Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba, and a member of the Winnipeg Lodge of Perfection #14, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

Dr. Boardman is survived by his widow, one son Edmond James; two daughters Mrs. P. D. Campbell… Saskatoon; and Miss Betty, who accompanied him on the trip. His mother resides in Pasadena, Calif. and there are three brothers, John and Robert of Seattle, Wash., and William, Pasadena.

A private funeral will be conducted at the residence, 70 Chestnut street; Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o’clock after which the body will be removed to St. George’s church where Canon Martin will officiate at the service. Interment will be in Elmwood cemetery. The Thomson Company is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tributes to Dr. Boardman were paid by Dr. Fred Cadham and Dr. Ross Mitchell on learning of his death. Dr. Cadham said: “While it had been known for some time that Dr. Boardman was not in the best of health, yet his sudden death will come as a great shock to his may friends. Dr. Boardman was a thorough, conscientious and capable physician, and he had attained wide recognition in his chosen field of medicine. He was a clear thinker, an able speaker and was specially gifted in organization work. His services were in great demand, and he took an active and valuable part in medical affairs. His loss will be deeply deplored by his many friends both in and out of the profession.”

Dr. Ross Mitchell said: “I had known Dr. Boardman for more than 30 years and we were at college together. I learned to esteem him highly, and I am extremely sorry to hear of his death. He was a man of fine character, was a splendid worker in his profession and rendered it and community signal service.”  Winnipeg Free Press, Monday, May 13, 1935, front page.

Jesse followed 21 years later and died 1 August 1955 in Wade, Ontario.  I do not have an obituary for her at this time.

Jesse and James rest peacefully in Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg next to his father Edmund Boardman.  In the photo Edmund’s tombstone is the obelisk type stone right of the square stone.

Overview of the Tombstones – Boardman – St. John’s Cemetery

I have come to the end of my documentation on Edmund James and Jesse Boardman.  When I was told he was a doctor, I became somewhat obsessed with finding out more.  I never knew my great uncle for he died 13 years before I was born and no talked about him.  It was very worth it to learn about him and his wife Jesse.  If time and money allow I will do more research for I have just scratched the surface on this most amazing ancestor.

Some interesting Links that the obituary suggests:

Ancient Landmark Lodge #3 – looks like they are now on Facebook.

Grand Lodge of Manitoba:

History of the Royal Arch Masonry in Canada:  and the website with chapters:

There is a Cadham Provincial Laboratory article at the Manitoba Health website with a picture of Dr. Fred T. Cadham.  This man did a tribute to my great-uncle in the obituary above:

The Manitoba Historical Society website has an article “Memorable Manitobans: Ross B. Mitchell (1880-1972) and a photograph.  Dr. Mitchell also gave a tribute to my great-uncle in the obituary above.

Again the Manitoba Historical Society website has pictures of the Historic Sites of Manitoba:  Manitoba Medical College (770 Bannatyne Av., Winnipeg):

Historical Sketch article with information about “Canon Martin” another name mentioned in the above obituary in connection with St. George Church:


Jesse Potter Duncan Boardman: Nurse

Jesse, the wife of Edmund James Boardman, the doctor, was a nurse.

Jesse is the one at the back of the portrait

Photo:  Jesse is probably the one standing in the very back indicate by the X.  The other nurses are unidentified.  I also do not know what nursing school they attended.

I am not familiar with the experiences of nurses in Canadian as I am with the U.S.  My mother Marjorie (Boardman) MacDonald and Aunt Eddie McDonald (dad’s sister) became nurses.  My mother she went to nursing school in Seattle at Virginia Mason, a hospital that still exists, and had to live in a dorm about 1937-1938.  That dorm was taken by the I-5 Freeway.  My Aunt Eddie had a similar experience around 1925 to 1928 in Spokane.  She attended Sacred Heart which also exists as a hospital. In those days to become a nurse you went to nursing school.  These nursing schools are gone now replaced by college and university programs. They have in some cases photographs like the one above and school documentation like attendance reports and grades. I contacted the Sacred Heart hospital and was able to see photographs and get the records of my Aunt Eddie.

I have not done any investigation into Jesse’s experience, but it would be very interesting.  Apparently there was a nursing school at St. Boniface Hospital opened by the nuns in 1897, maybe that is where she attended?

Apparently the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum has “The Canadian Nursing History Collection.”  Here is a link to a PDF about this collection:

Another PDF online listed other resources for researching the history of nursing in Canada.  Apparently there is the Manitoba Association for the History of Nursing.  This PDF was done in 2002 so things might have changed but it is a start.

Jesse appears in one article that I found in the Winnipeg Free Press for 11 February 1915.  “The nurses gave a reception to aid in the war effort and Mrs. E. J. Boardman served tea for the second hour.”  It references the Alumnae Association of the Winnipeg General Hospital.

When I saw the military uniform that James was wearing in the last post, I thought maybe he had also served in World War I.  I have searched the Library and Archives of Canada’s website regarding military service for him.  I did not find Edmund James, but I find his brother John!

I think it very interesting that Jesse is living with her parents in the 1916 Canadian Census and Edmund James is not with her.  This is a wonderful find regarding Jesse’s family the Duncans.

Line 14, 178, 179, Duncan, Jean, 48, 7, 3, Royal, Head, F, W, 69, Scotland, all Presby., 1871, Canadian, Scotch, yes, no, English, farmer. Line 15, 180, 180 Duncan Thomas, 48, 7, 3, Son, M. S, 35, Man, Canadian, Scotch, yes, no, English, Farmer. Line 16, 181, 181, Gray Georgina 48, 7, 3, Head, F, W, 33, Man. Line 17 Gray, Walter, Son, M, 3, 12, Eng. Line 18, 180, 180, Duncan, Harry, 48, 7, 3, all in Royal, Head, M, M, 33, Man, Farmer. Duncan, Haddie, wife, F, M, 23, Ont. Duncan, Elizabeth, Daughter, F, S, 4, Sask, Duncan, Thomas Hector, Son, M, S, 4/12 Sask. Duncan, Euphemia, Sister, F, S, 38, Man. Boardman, Jessie, Sister, F, M, 34, Man. Boardman, Jean, niec, F, S, 7, Man. Boardman, Edwin, Nephew, M, S, 5, Man.

Line 26, 181, 182, uncan, Duncan, Alexander, Head, M, M, 31, Man, Presby, Druggist. Line 27, 182, 182, Duncan, Gertrude, wife, F, M, 30, Man, Presby.

Source:  1916 Canadian Census, Family of Jean Duncan, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, pg. 15, S District #24, ED #17, 48-7-3, F.J. [Workboyo] enumerator,

Someday maybe I will get to Winnipeg and you can bet I will check out the alumnae offices of these hospitals which are usually a great place to find yearbooks and more.

Edmund and Charlotte Boardman’s Family!

My grandfather Robert Boardman came from a family of five children.  One child did not survive. His father was Edmund Boardman and his mother was Charlotte Anne McMurray. 

Edmund and Charlotte’s family included:

1.  Edmund James Boardman born on 26 June 1876 in New Brunswick, Canada.  He died 12 May 1934 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  He married Jesse Potter Duncan on 14 August 1908 in RM Louise, Manitoba, Canada.  She was born in 1882 and died 1 August 1955 in Wade, Ontario.  They had 3 children that I have been able to determine

2.  Zelia A. Boardman was born about 1880 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  I have no further information on her.  My Aunt Aileen mentioned that there was another baby but she didn’t say anything more. Zelia was not on the 1881 Canadian census so I assume she died.

3.  Robert Boardman was born 8 September 1881 in Shediac, New Brunswick.  He died on 27 November 1945 at Steilacoom, Pierce Co., Washington.  He married Ethel Adella Brown on 28 August 1905 in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota. They had 3 children.  Robert and Ethel are my grandparents.  They are buried in West Seattle in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. Their children were featured in a previous post dated April 12, 2010.

4.  William Thomas Boardman was born 17 January 1885 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  He died May 8, 1945 in Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., California.  He married Daisy Emily Alice Colbeck on 7 July 1908 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  They had two sons.

5.  John Henry Boardman was born 2 April 1886 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and died 15 January 1957 in (West) Seattle, King Co., Washington.  He married Laura Eleanor Cuthbert on 1 February 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Laura was born 8 May 1891 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  She died 26 December 1983 and is buried with John in West Seattle in the Forest Lawn Cemetery.

I will write more on each of these families in future posts.