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Mills (family)

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  • Family

James William Mills, born in Richibucto, New Brunswick in 1859, came west with the militia in 1885. He began working for the Hudson's Bay Company in 1890 as a clerk, was made a riverboat captain in 1893, and retired from that post in 1923. He captained the SS Wrigley, SS Fort McMurray and SS Liard. He also built the SS Athabasca River, the SS MacKenzie River, and the SS Slave River. He married Louisa Camsell (1873-1954) of Fort Simpson, NWT in 1896 and they had five children: Julian, Seton, Clarence, Ernest, and Violet. The Mills family moved to Athabasca, AB in 1912 and lived there for five years. They had a cabin at Baptiste Lake. Seton was killed in WWI in 1917. James died in 1933. Violet was born in 1901 and died in Edmonton in 2003.

Munstermann, Roy

  • Ath 18.20
  • Person

Roy Munstermann, one of seven children born to Gerhard and Louis Munstermann, farmed with his family in the Rochester area in the 1940s and 1950s. His paternal grandparents were Fredeirch and Anna Munstermann.

Oblates of Mary Immaculate

  • ath89.25 a and b
  • Corporate body
  • 1816 to present

Oblates of Mary Immaculate, founded in France in 1816. In 1841, at the invitation of Bishop Bourget, Canada became their first foreign mission. With steady reinforcement from France and Canadian recruits, they moved up the Ottawa Valley, and in 1845 into the North-West, where the establishment of the Catholic Church in western Canada was largely Oblate work. Their first work was to bring Christianity to the natives, but in the West especially this led to a large role in bringing about reconciliation between the native peoples and the European settlers and civilization; Father Albert Lacombe was particularly important in this area.

From the time of Alexandre Taché, one of the first 2 Oblates to come to the West, and later second Bishop and first Archbishop of St-Boniface, Oblates provided the first bishops for most of the dioceses of western Canada. In 1848 they founded the College of Bytown, renamed the College of Ottawa in 1861 and, by Parliament in 1866 and papal charter in 1889, the University of Ottawa. In 1965 the Oblate foundation became U Saint-Paul, federated with the U of O, which was reconstituted as a secular university.

Since the 1920s the Canadian Oblates have also been active in foreign missions. They started in Basutoland in 1923 and have continued to be active in Africa and South America. There are now about 90 Canadian Oblates in this work. The Canadian community used to be organized into 11 provinces, but consolidation has reduced the number to 8. In 1993 there were 845 Oblate priests and 232 brothers in Canada

Overholt, Viola

  • Ath 88.15, 05.28
  • Person
  • 1916 - 1998

Viola Overholt's birth parents were from Ontario and divorced before 1923. Vi was adopted by Harry and Mabel Overholt in 1923 at the age of 7. She attended Sawdy School and the Sawdy post office was run by Overholts. She married Walter Overholt, son of Lewis and Mary Overholt, in 1931. Walter died at the age of 45 of a heart attack in 1952. They had five children; four boys and a girl.

Panisiak, Sophie and Wasyl

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  • Family
  • 1899-1988

Sophie Panisiak (May 4, 1900 – March 22, 1982) immigrated from Poland to Athabasca in 1930 with her first husband, Mike Struski (1890 – January 8, 1963) and their four children: Berny from Mike’s earlier marriage, Jessie born October 1922, Joe born March 1924, and John born April 1926. They arrived Sept 10, 1930 and spent ten days at the Immigration Hall in Athabasca. Mike purchased S-30-67-23W4, and farmed there until his retirement in 1958. Two more children were born; Sophia in 1932 and Walter in 1934. After Mike’s death, Stophie stayed on the farm until she married Wasyl Panisiak in 1964.

Wasyl Panisiak (October 23, 1899 – January 18, 1988) was born in Ukraine and arrived in Canada on April 1, 1928. He was employed on a farm for a year until his wife Aksana arrived in March 1929. They worked on farms in Manitoba and Saskatchewan until they heard of good land in the Athabasca area and moved there, arriving April 10, 1930. They stayed at the Immigration Hall until Wasyl acquired a quarter section in the Larvert School District, SW 20-68-23W4. They had no children. Wasyl farmed for 34 years until Aksana passed away. Wasyl married Sophie Struski in June, 1964 and the Panisiak farm was sold to Ed Chouinard. Wasyl and Sophie lived on an acreage in the South Athabasca area until they moved to Little Manor in Athabasca in 1976.

Rathbone, Bruce A. (Rev.)

  • ath 85.229
  • Person
  • Incumbent from 1970 to 1975

In January 1970, the Rev. Bruce Rathbone was inducted incumbent of the Parish of Athabasca and Rural Dean of the Athabasca Deanery. He lived in the Anglican rectory with his wife Daphne (nee Pratt, 1932 - 2013, m. 1954) and their five children. During his tenure, the two Anglican hostels were closed; Bishop Young Hostel was sold as a private residence and the St. Mary Girls Hostel pulled down. A low-rental seniors' residence, Little Manor (named after Rev. Robert Little who was the rector of All Saints Anglican Church and Archdeacon of the Athabasca diocese) was built on the site in 1975. Rev. Rathbone was moved for Fort McMurrary in 1975. He was involved with the Athabasca Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of the Athabasca Music Festival.

Rosychuk, Peter

  • Ath 91.36
  • Person

Peter Rosychuk is a retired railway station agent and telegraph operator of the Northern Alberta Railway (NRA), now the Canadian National Railway (CNR). He lives in Westlock, Alberta.

Secord, Richard

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  • Person

Richard Secord was born in Ontario in 1860. He graduated from Brantford Collegiate and travelled to Edmonton where he helped to build and teach in the first school. In 1886 he was employed by John A. McDougall as a store clerk and two years later established a fur trading post and store at Athabasca Landing. Pressure from the Hudson's Bay Company forced him to sell out to them by 1890. He then went into fur trading partnership with McDougall and prospered. He served as Edmonton member of the NorthWest Territorial Assembly in Regina from 1902-1904. He died in Edmonton in 1935.

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