ROBERT GORDON BRINSMEAD AND FAMILY 1914-1933
|—by Florence Brinsmead|
Robert Gordon Brinsmead and I were married in 1929. We lived in the McCauley house in Loverna until 1933. At the southeast corner of Loverna where we lived, we had many fine neighbours. Among others, the Hasells, Isaac Wrights, Vic Johnsons, Nurse Lawson, the Jim Arthurs, Hamiltons, McLeods, Godfreys, Gilmours, Elsdons, and Banks. The last three families lived in the United Church Manse at different times.
and Rona were born in Nurse Lawson’s nursing home.
before the First War, had been in the Jewellery business in Loverna with
uncle Will Brinsmead. After the war Uncle Wi1l moved to Consort, and Bert
took over the store and helped get out the Loverna Borderline Budget. This
he continued to do until Tom and Edna Brinsmead came hack to Loverna from
the East. It was through Walter Mattson that we learned about an opening
in Camrose. Bert started up on Camrose Main Street in
and on Armistice night, 1933; Tom drove the girls and I to Coronation
where Bert met us. On the way to Camrose Bert said, ‘‘We are coming to
the Battle river.’’ When I saw the small frozen stream, I was not too
impressed. He with his usual ability to quip, explained that it was a sham
As the years passed, Wendy Marian and David Horace Alexander, brought our family up to six. The children all went through high school in Camrose. Alison attended Mount Royal in Calgary for a year, worked in Denver and then went to Uranium City. There she met Otto Laiss, formerly of Onoway, Alberta. They live in Edmonton and have two children, Jane and Barry, who are in their teens. Rona married Ernie Collette of Wetaskiwin, became a nurse, and they make their home in Stony Plain, Alberta.