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Edward Elbert Atkinson

Male 1887 - 1957  (69 years)


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  • Name Edward Elbert Atkinson 
    Born 26 February 1887  Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 January 1957  Vancouver, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Edward Elbert Atkinson, born 26 Feb 1887 in Merrickville, Ontario; died 14 Jan 1957 in Vancouver,
      British Columbia; married Esther Jane Burns 25 Jan 1912 in Waskada, Manitoba.

      6. Edward Elbert Atkinson
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      , born 26 Feb 1887 in Merrickville, Ontario; died 14 Jan 1957 in Vancouver,
      British Columbia
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      . He was the son of 12. Edward Atkinson and 13. Abigail Almeda Spicer. He married 7.
      Esther Jane Burns 25 Jan 1912 in Waskada, Manitoba
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      .
      7. Esther Jane Burns, born 26 Jul 1886 in Neepawa, Manatoba; died 13 Feb 1962 in Vancouver, British
      Columbia
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      . She was the daughter of 14. Robert Burns and 15. Jane McNab.
      Notes for Edward Elbert Atkinson:
      Edward Elbert Atkinson the second child of Edward Atkinson was born 26 February 1887 at Merrickville,
      Ontario.
      He lived in a farm at Merrickville before moving with his family to Smith Falls. His father was a butcher in
      Smith Falls. He went to school until he was 14 years. He played the Trombone in the Town band.
      He worked for Frost and Woods a Manufacturing plant. He went out on a harvest excursion to Manitoba.
      He went to Wascada. He met and married Jean Burns.
      When ever a hobo would come into town and ask for a meal. Ed would send them to the Chinese restaurant
      for a meal and he would pay the owner. In 1924 when Ed was laid up for three months in bed with what was
      thought to be lead poisoning there was a message from the owner that his wife and children were to come for
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      dinner each day at no charge. Jean never went once. He would install furnaces in the summer time for up to 50
      miles of Kerrobert. When the farmer would get paid for their crops they would pay him. In the thirties the
      farmers couldn't pay and Ed cashed in his entire life insurance to pay Ashdown's Wholesaler where he had
      purchased the furnaces. Both he and his wife though that debts should be paid. Money was lent to you on good
      faith and you should honour that faith. He was one of the few allowed to charge credit on Ashdown's
      He died 14 January 1957.
      Atkinson Plot
      Mountain view Cemetery
      5455 Fraser St.
      Jones new Block 20 A
      Plot 14
      Esther Jean Grave 14 Disc 214
      Edward Elbert Grave 15 Disc 215
      Office 325-2646
      Notes for Esther Jane Burns:
      Esher Jean Atkinson (nee Burns) provided a fair description of many relatives in a written page in April
      1952. This page was typed up by her daughter Mrs G.C. Retson.
      Esther Jane Atkinson (nee Burns and called Jean)was born 26 July 1886. She graduated from grade 11 in
      Neepawa and then attended Normal College in Winnipeg for three months where she got a second class
      certificate. She taught school for 8 years.
      She was terrific in English especially Bobby Burns poetry.
      She married Ed Atkinson 25 January 1912. They lived in Waskada from 1912 to 1917. Three children Ethel
      Jean born 30 October 1913, William Burns, 24 July 1915 and Grace Elizabeth, 11 December 1916. Billie died
      of an obstructed bowel at three months and was buried in the Burns plot in Neepawa Cemetery.
      Robert Donald born in 1 November 1920 had an appendectomy operation and died thirty days latter at age 8.
      He was buried at Kerrobert.
      In the depression she entered several essay contest to win several prizes including a contest, " Why every
      woman needed an electric Iron." and first prize in a contest with Saskatchewan Pheonix.
      In 1937-38 her husband worked in Timmins taking a course in air conditioning. In the winter of 1942-43 he
      worked his trade at an internment camp in Medicine Hat. In the fall of 1943 they moved to Meyerthorpe, North
      of Edmonton. In the summer 1944 he set up a gunsmithing and plumbing business in Wilkie, Saskatchewan. In
      1948 they moved to Vancouver. Ed died in 1957 and Jean in 1962.
      Jean had a rough life with several operations. She belonged to a women's missionary society.
      More About Esther Jane Burns:
      Medical Information: Arthritis in 1918, neuritis
      Children of Edward Atkinson and Esther Burns are:
      i. Ethel Jean Atkinson, born 30 Oct 1913 in Waskada, Manitoba
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      ; died 14 Feb 1994 in Ottawa, Ontario;
      married Edmund Alexander McRae 19 Dec 1941 in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan
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      ; born 15 Nov 1914 in
      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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      ; died in Ottawa, Ontario.
      Notes for Ethel Jean Atkinson:
      Ethel Jean McRae (nee Atkinson) completed her school in Kerrobert and graduated from the University
      of Saskatchewan at age 22. She worked as a secretary to the Manager of Safeway and then accepted an
      appointment by the Civil Service of Canada, as agriculture Assistant, Dominion Economics Division,
      Dept. of Agriculture with headquarters at the University of Saskatchewan. She married her university
      friend, Edmund Alexander McRae in 1941. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, later enlisting
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      as a navigator with the R.C.A.F.
      Notes for Edmund Alexander McRae:
      He attended University of Saskatchewan. he enlisted as a navigator in the R.C.A.F.
      ii. William Burns Atkinson, born 24 Jul 1915 in Waskada, Manitoba; died 08 Nov 1915 in Waskada,
      Manitoba.
      Notes for William Burns Atkinson:
      Died at three months of an obstructed bowel. Buried in Burns Plot at Neepawa.
      More About William Burns Atkinson:
      Burial: 11 Oct 1915, Lot: 138 Block: B Range: NE 1/4, NG
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      iii. Grace Elizabeth Atkinson, born 11 Dec 1916 in Waskada, Manitoba; married George Clifford Retson 26
      Jul 1941 in Ottawa, Ontario.
      iv. Robert Donald Atkinson, born 01 Nov 1920 in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan; died 30 Dec 1928 in Kerrobert,
      Saskatchewan
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      Notes for Robert Donald Atkinson:
      Grace Retson:
      The Sunday before Donald died he was to go into the Hospital for an operation for chronic appendix.
      Donald and Grace were playing in the 2nd unfinished floor. Mum had her dolls and doll dressing.
      Donald had his tricycle. He would play mailman and buy the groceries.
      Mum had postbox (a white shoe box which she was so proud of)) which Donald had written
      "postbocks". Grace was so mad she refused to play with him. Donald was sad and went downstairs and
      told his mother Grace wouldn't play with him. Mrs Atkinson said that they were having so much fun
      why wouldn't she play with Donald. But (according to Mum:I had spoken , I was too pig headed. So
      Mrs Atkinson spent the rest of the day reading to him and occupying his day.
      He went in 3rd and died on 30th. Grace saw him a week before he died. She went in and visited him,
      she was not supposed to ask questions or have him take. She started to read some stories when the
      Doctor came in. The Doctor ask her who told her she could come in. Grace replied that her mother had
      and did she want her to wait outside. The Doctor told her she should go home.
      The Monday after his death, Grace was talking to a neighbour, Mrs Pedersen. She came up to visit Mr
      and Mrs Atkinson and Grace was upstairs in the her bedroom crying. Grace told her story about the box.
      Mrs Pedtersen told her not to worry about the box.
      The night before her brother Donald died Grace prayed that her brother would live. She says she knows
      that she spoke to God and that she said he told he her Donald would lived. She woke up in the night and
      ask who the people in the living room Her father told her the Minister had walked them home from the
      Hospital. He didn't tell her Donald had just died.
      Mum left home when September 1934 at the age of 17 with $50 bucks in her pocket. Her parents drove
      her to Saskatoon to Business College.
    Person ID I9569  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 28 July 2007 

    Father Edward (Ed) Atkinson,   b. 16 February 1858, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 January 1944  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Abigail Almeda Spicer,   b. 13 September 1860, Prescott, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 July 1940, Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 3 December 1879  Maynard, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3224  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Esther (Jean) Jane Burns,   b. 26 July 1886, Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 February 1962, Vancouver, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 25 January 1912  Waskada, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. William Burns Atkinson,   b. 24 July 1915, Waskada, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 November 1915, Waskada, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +3. Living
     4. Robert Donald Atkinson,   b. 1 November 1920, Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 December 1928, Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
    Family ID F3237  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart



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