Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Maurice Randall Stoddart

Maurice Randall Stoddart 
Maurice Randall Stoddart is Robert’s maternal grandfather.  His parents were Milford Clayton Stoddart and Alice Randall.  He is buried at the Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, Nova Scotia.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Workday Wednesday - Acme Dog Kennel

My great grandfather, Alfred William Warry, was a man of a few occupations.  One of his first jobs was working at the Public Benefits Boot Company in England, see August 17, 2011 post.

Once moving to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he and his wife, Edith Smith, became entrepreneurs.  They operated the Acme dog kennel.  My Dad could recall driving his grandfather around to restaurants for scraps for the dogs.  Package dog food was not readily available at that time.

This framed photo hung by my Dad’s chair in the living  room for years with a couple of new paper clippings tape to the back. I’m not sure which dog this is, as they seems to have a few Pekingeses. There is no date on the clippings or which paper they are from. 

South Side Dogs
Again To The Front

A.E. Warry of the “Acme Ken-
kels,” again took premier honors
at the recent dog show held at the
Edmonton Exhibition.  In addi-
tion to numerous ribbons and
special prizes, their Pekingese
“Minto” was best Pekingese in
the show.  They also carried off
the prize for best decorated ben-
ches, while Mrs. Warry was de-
clared best lady handler.  Since
1925 these kennels have been con-
sistent prize winners, and are re-
cognized as one of  Alberta’s lead-
ing kennels and breeders of high-
class dogs.


Acme Kennels was again to the
front at the annual Dog Show held
at the Edmonton Exhibition, win-
ning Premier honors with Paddy,
a very fine Pekinese, being award-
ed three firsts, winner, and two
specials, as best (male) Peke in the
show, though competing with a
strong class.  Mr. A. W. Warry
entered six dogs and carried off
four specials and 18 ribbons, Since
1925 his nine dogs shown have
won over 80 ribbons, 14 specials
and one championship. This
speaks well for the efforts of the
Acme Kennels to improve the
standard and quality of their dogs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor
This is a very interesting gravestone.  Carved on the stone:

Wm. S. Sanford
died July 8: 1845
aged 45 years
A native of Ludlow
Vermont, U.S. A.

This stone gives a lot of information.  It has Linda’s maiden name of Taylor, her husband’s name, that she was a deaf mute, when she died, how old she was when she died, and where she original is from.

Although I can’t find any ties to Robert, her husband (William Stanhope Sanford) is a distant 2nd cousin 5x removed.  I think Linda would have been an intriguing woman. How did she cope in the early 1800s as a deaf mute?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Workday Wednesday - The Public Benefit Boot Company

Alfred William Warry, my great grandfather, started working at the young age of 13.  I guess that was not uncommon during that time period.  In the 1891 census Alfred is living with his parents, George Augustus and Emily Warry.  He is 14 and is listed as a shop assistant.  His brother, George, is 13 and working as an errand boy.  Ten years later Alfred is found in the 1901 census living with his wife, Edith and daughter Dorothy (my grandmother).  He is now the shop manager of a Boot Shop living at 110 High Road, Chiswick, Middlesex, England.  

I wondered what company he was working for as a shop assistant and manager. I found that he worked for The Public Benefit Boot Company, when I discovered that I could google for genealogy information.  Alfred William Warry is an uncommon name and I found a whole web site about The Public Benefit Boot Company.  And there was my great grandfather with a little bio about him starting at the age of 13 and becoming the manager of the 110 High Road, Chiswick shop 10 years later.  Of course, I became hooked on googling.  

Since then I’ve been in contact with the creator of the website, Brian Seddon, and updated him with a little more information about Alfred William Warry.  The Public Benefit Boot Company is an interesting site all about the company, the people who worked there, and the shareholders.  

I was quite surprised to find him working at a boot company, as my Dad always talked about him having a dog kennel.   But it’s not surprising that some people have more than one kind of occupation in a lifetime. 

More about Alfred William Warry:

52 Ancestors - Alfred William Warry - Failure as a Bootmaker
Workday Wednesday - Acme Dog Kennel

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Charles L. & Lydia M. Nichols

Charles L. & Lydia M. Nichols
Charles L. Nichols is the son of Rulof Allen Nichols and Lydia Ramey.  He would be Robert’s 3rd cousin 4x removed.  He married Lydia Ramey in 1885. They are buried in the Berwick Cemetery.  I think he may have had a sense of humour as inscribed on the gravestone is :

As i am now you all will be
prepare for death and follow me

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Camden O. & Adrellis Mary Nichols

Camden O. & Ardellis Mary Nichols
Camden Oakes Nichols was the son of Edwin Gilpin Nichols and Nancy M. Oakes.  That would make him Robert’s 2nd cousin 4x removed.  Camden married Ardellis Mary Best in 1875.  The are buried in the Berwick Cemetery in Nova Scotia, not to far from Camden’s parents.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Nichols Family

Edwin Nichols

Edwin P. & Hamilton Nichols

Nancy M. Nichols

This is the tombstone of Edwin Nichols, his wife Nancy Oakes, and their twin sons, Hamilton and Edwin P. Nichols. This is a wonderful stone with craving on all four sides. Edwin is Robert’s 1st cousin, 5x removed. This tombstone is located in the Berwick Cemetery.