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Great Grandfather Edmund Boardman and more news accounts of his death!

Edmund Boardman with one of the children

Edmund Boardman with one of the children

Newspaper research is time-consuming but can be very rewarding.  Just recently I found these articles in the Winnipeg Tribune.  This one is dated 29 October, 1908 on page 12.

Edmund Boardman, one of Winnipeg’s most respected citizens and an old-timer, passed away at his residence, 583 Logan avenue, yesterday morning.  His genial disposition and kindly actions will be remembered for a long while, not only at St. George’s church, where he was a life-long worker, but in the C.P.R. shops, where he spent 26 years as a coppersmith.  The late Mr. Boardman was born in Rochester, Eng., 59 years ago, and lived for a while in London, Ont. Afterward he resided in Shediac, N.B., then he settled in Winnipeg.  He leaves a wife and four sons, Dr. E. J., Robert and John of Winnipeg, and William of Vancouver.  The funeral will take place tomorrow from the above address, where a private service will be held at 2 p.m., after which a service will be held in St. George’s church at 2.30, to St. John’s cemetery. Rev. J.J. Roy will officiate. 

This article was in the Winnipeg Tribune 31 October, 1908 is a funeral notice on page 12.

The funeral of the late Edmund Boardman took place at 2.30 yesterday afternoon from his late residence, 582 Logan avenue to St. John’s cemetery.  Rev. J.J. Roy officiated at the service, which was held in St. George’s church.  The pall bearers were as follows:  T. Boyd, J. Dunn, W. Powles, S. Pentland, B. Hutchinson and W. Lockhart.  

There is new information in the above obituary notice.  I knew that great-grandfather Edmund Boardman was born in the Rochester area of Lancashire in fact he was born in Oldham.  I did not know he was in London, Ontario before going to Shediac, New Brunswick.

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Robert and Ethel Boardman’s first child?

Robert and Ethel (Brown) Boardman married in August of 1905 but their first child Hazel Aileen Boardman was not born till the 23rd of May 1907 in Winnipeg.  There was 21 months between the marriage date and Aileen’s birth.  Since there is no evidence of another child born during that time period maybe I am just being suspicious?

My mother’s sister and my Aunt was always Aileen to us, until one day she giggled and told me her first name was Hazel.  I giggled back and said “I know.”

Photo:  Unfortunately this photo is very dark even though I tried to lighten it up.  It obscures my grandmother Ethel’s face.  The baby is my Aunt Hazel Aileen in 31 August 1907.  This is probably at the time of the christening. 

I do not have my Aunt Aileen’s birth record only the online version of the index at the Manitoba website for vital records.  It is something I plan to get someday.  I am content at the moment to know that she was born in Winnipeg. 

There is a baptismal record of my Aunt at the St. George’s Church in Winnipeg for the 13th of October 1907 and signed by a J.J. Roz (Rector).   This was obtained by a researcher I hired so I don’t have all the source information.  I assume it was found in the records of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.  

The Manitoba Historical Society website has an old postcard of what may be the church at:

http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/features/timelinks/imageref/ref0319.shtml

Photo:  A portrait of Hazel Aileen. She looks so happy and I can see the smile that I would come to know as my Aunt Aileen’s.  Maybe grandfather Edmund Boardman got a chance to know one Aileen before he passed in October 1908.

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: http://www.glmb.ca/

History of the Royal Arch Masonry in Canada: http://www.royalarchmasonsofquebec.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/History-of-RAM.pdf  and the website with chapters:  http://www.royalarchmanitoba.com/

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:  http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cpl/history.html

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.

http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/mitchell_r.shtml

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

http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/manitobamedicalcollege.shtml

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

http://anglicanhistory.org/canada/sk/payton1974/25.html