Thomas H. Brinsmead was born at St. Mary's,
Ontario. He grew up and entered the publishing business as a boy in
his teens. He and brother John went to Toronto in their early
twenties. Thomas found employment, and at the age of twenty-four he
married Matilda McMaster whose home was Orangeville, Ontario. They
lived in Toronto for many years. Their seven children were born there,
and finished school there as well. Thomas the eldest was a twin but
the twin did not live long. Estelle died at an early age, Percy and
his wife, Fern Ellis, of Empress never lived at Loverna. They had
three children and are now retired and living in Edmonton. Horace
joined the 58th Battalion and was killed at Amiens on August 8, 1918.
Florence Brinsmead and daughter Wendy, visited his grave in France a
few years ago. Horace was just 25 and his name is on the Loverna
Mrs. Bert Brinsmead, Mrs T.H.
Brinsmead, Mr. T.H. Brinsmead, Miss Parry, Alison and Rona Brinsmead.
Isabel married Herb Parry who farmed just out
of Loverna. Herb played the organ in the United church in Loverna
during the First War and Isabel taught at Antelope Park for a short
while. They moved to Detroit and later to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
They had one son, Thomas Herbert, who is a teacher in a college in
Clemson, South Carolina. Isabel is a widow in a nursing home in
Clemson. Bert joined the Royal Flying Corps, later the RAF. He and
Bobs Caldwell enlisted at the same time. His group was stationed at
Salisbury Plain where he flew Sopwith Camels. As there were no
parachutes in those days, casualties were high. Bobs was killed in a
crash. After the war Bert took over the jewellery store in Loverna. He
sang in the choir and played baseball, tennis and golf. He was an
Oddfellow, also a member of Toc H. and enjoyed meeting the Famous
"Tubby" Clayton when he came to Loverna in 1926.
Berry picking. Mr. T.H.
Brinsmead, Mrs. T.H. Brinsmead, Tom Brinsmead, Mr. and Mrs. Heisz,
Mrs. Peltier, Mrs. Dunbar and Scott Karns
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brinsmead and Tom Jr,
Horace, Bert, and Isabel all came to Loverna in the early summer of
1914. Thomas Sr. and Thomas Jr. built the premises which became the
family home and office of the Loverna Borderline Budget.
Printing Office of the Loverna
A jewellery store was also part of the
establishment, owned first by Will Brinsmead and later by Bert. The
two Toms ran their paper and served their community with warm
friendliness and integrity for many years. Mr. Brinsmead Sr. was a
Notary Public and helped many farmers file their claims. Later he was
the local Magistrate, a position he held for many years. He was also
active in the Masonic Lodge and curled when he was younger. In 1935
Thomas Brinsmead Sr. retired and he and his wife bought a little house
in Camrose close to Bert's family, who had moved there several years
before. The old couple lived there until their deaths in 1939, which
occurred just six days apart, Mr. Brinsmead died first, followed by
his wife just six days later.
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