G6: 1918 Doris (Shiels) Blackwell
Doris Shiels was born November 22, 1918 north of Stoughton, Sask. She was the sixth child of John and Pearl (Gerry) Shiels. Doris moved from farm to farm with her parents when she was growing up. When Doris was only 10, her grandfather died and she went to stay with her grandmother for six weeks to keep her company. At the age of 15, her mother died and with her older sister Olive, they looked after the house and younger children.
On August 19, 1937 Doris married Garfield Blackwell in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Gar was born January 15, 1907. They moved to Stoughton, Saskatchewan where Gar worked as a mechanic for Sangster and Falliss. On August 15, 1938 Dorothy Margaret Blackwell was born. In the summer of 1939 they operated Gar’s Service and the family lived above the garage. On November 18, 1939, Donald John was born. In 1940 the family moved to Rocanville, Saskatchewan where Gar also worked as a mechanic. Marilyn Gayle was born there on August 7, 1942.
During the winter of 1944, Gar developed rheumatism and was bed-ridden for many months. In the spring of 1945, the family moved to Orangeville Junction (between Moosomin & Rocanville). Gar delivered gas to farmers. In the fall of 1945, they moved to Moosomin and Gar worked as a mechanic for a John Deere dealer. While there, Dorothy had taken very ill with pneumonia and also had an appendix attack. Her appendix had to be removed on January 1, 1947. Kenneth Earl was born on January 17, 1947.
Dorothy, Don & Marilyn were attending Moosomin school and one morning just before Christmas 1947, their school burnt to the ground. The kids were on their way to school when they saw the fire and did not know that it had been burning all night. Needless to say, they went home again as there was no school that day. There were Christmas presents under the tree ready for the concert that night and all was lost. Eatons store provided gifts for all the children and a concert was held in the community hall shortly after.
They moved to Grenfell, Manitoba in 1948. While there, Ken was hit by a slow moving paint truck in the back lane but wasn’t hurt badly and spent a couple of days in the hospital. Gar was taking treatments on his back in Brandon at the time and they found the trips back and forth to Brandon very long. As a result, they moved to Virden, Manitoba in 1949 to be closer. Marilyn was rushed to Virden hospital with ruptured appendix on the day they arrived in Virden. In the spring of 1950, they moved to Hamiota. Doris also had appendix problems in the fall of 1950. In the spring of 1951, they moved to Decker, Manitoba. In the summer of 1952, they moved to Souris, Manitoba where Gar operated his own garage once again called Gar’s Service. While in Souris, Ken & cousin Randy Lindbloom fell through the ice on the Souris River but luckily they were pulled out in time. Sharon Frances was born there on January 3, 1955. Sharon was the Souris New Years Baby that year.
In July 1955 the family moved to Napinka. Dorothy remained in Souris as she was working at the Dry Cleaners. The house was very cold and at Christmas, the family slept with parkas and socks on! In February 1956, they moved to warmer house in Melita. Gar worked as a mechanic for Bill Sterling and later for Jack Elliott. In October of 1956, the family moved to Pipestone, Manitoba to work for Jack Elliott’s new Massey Harris dealership. In December 1958 they moved back to Melita when Jack Elliott closed the Pipestone garage.
In the fall of 1961, Gar, Doris, Ken & Sharon moved to Waskada where Gar operated his own garage, Gar’s Service. Gar & Doris celebrated their 25th anniversary in Waskada in August 1962. In the fall of 1962, Marilyn had separated from Gerry Harbottle.
The family, along with Marilyn & children moved to Lafleche, Saskatchewan where they took over a garage and cafe. It was here that Marilyn met Wayne Reader. In the spring of 1963, the family, along with Marilyn & Wayne moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where they stayed for four years. Gar worked for Wiley’s garage and Doris worked at Turk’s Upholstery & Mr. Shop.
In January 1966 they moved to Brandon, Manitoba where Gar worked for Massey Harris and Sharp’s Electric. Doris worked at Jean’s Upholstery. Marilyn & Wayne and children moved to Moose Jaw. While living in Brandon, Gar’s health started to deteriorate.
On August 19, 1972 Gar & Doris celebrated their 35th anniversary at Harold & Dorothy’s home at Forrest, Manitoba. On May 5, 1973, Gar, Doris & Sharon moved to Regina. Doris bought her own upholstery business and operated it out of her basement with Marilyn’s help for four years.
Gar spent a lot of time in the hospital starting in 1974, fighting emphysema, chronic heart failure and kidney problems. The summers were good for him and Gar & Doris flew to Ontario for three different years.
On August 19, 1977, Gar & Doris celebrated their 40th anniversary in Regina. This was a surprise for the happy couple as they expected only family and were pleasantly surprised to see lots of old friends. All children and 13 grandchildren were in attendance.
In the fall of 1979, an aneurism was discovered in Gar after an operation on his bladder. Cancer was found and he took radiation treatments and it was a success. On August 25, 1980, Gar had another aneurism operation. He suffered a slight stroke after and lost control of his right arm for some time. This was a blow to him as he loved to play the violin and now this was impossible. However in a few months, he was able to master playing the violin a little. He was a lover of old time and country music and spent many hours listening to tapes. In November 1980 he entered the hospital again with kidney problems.
On July 13, 1981, Gar entered the Pasqua hospital for the last time. The family sat with him night and day for six weeks. He knew everyone up to the end and on Sunday, August 23, 1981, Gar passed away.
In July 1984 Doris & Dorothy attended the Shiels Family Reunion in Ontario. Doris moved from Regina to Watson, Saskatchewan in 1985 when daughter, Marilyn and husband Wayne moved there to work at the Christian Education School. Wayne was the administrator and Marilyn was a teacher.
Doris moved back to Regina in November 1986 and moved into a basement suite at Don & Phyllis’s house. She moved into her own apartment in 1993. Doris moved to BC to live with her daughter Marilyn and passed away on June 19, 2015.
Dorothy (Blackwell) Brown 1938 (G5)
Dorothy Margaret Blackwell was born on August 15, 1938 in Stoughton, Saskatchewan. She was the first child of Gar & Doris (Shiels) Blackwell. When Dorothy was eight years old and living in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, she was very ill with pneumonia and also had an appendix attack. Her appendix had to be removed on January 1, 1947. Dorothy moved along with her parents from town to town as he was growing up. When her parents moved to Napinka in July 1955, Dorothy remained in Souris as she was working at the Dry Cleaners.
Dorothy married Harold Brown on August 15, 1956 in Brandon with the reception in Melita. Harold was born on October 15, 1936. Harold & Dorothy lived in Souris where Harold worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway and later for Manitoba Pool Elevators. Harold & Dorothy moved to Moline, Manitoba in July 1958 where Harold ran the Pool Elevator. In April 1971, they moved to Forrest, Manitoba and Harold operated the Pool Elevator at Smart Siding. In December 1972, they moved to their new house in Smart Siding. On May 5, 1979, they moved to Penticton BC to investigate a different job that didn’t turn out and they came back to Saltcoats, Saskatchewan in August 1979. Harold ran the United Grain Growers Elevator in Saltcoats.
On August 1, 1984 the elevator at Saltcoats got struck by lightning and burnt to the ground. Harold set up an office in their house to continue fertilizer sales and acted as relief for other elevators until June 1985 when they moved to Girvin, Saskatchewan. Harold operated the United Grain Growers Elevator there.
In May 1992, Harold had a back operation in which they discovered undiagnosed diabetes and neuropathy had set in which was nerve damage to the legs causing loss of balance. He was put on disability & continued to live at Girvin until May 1993 when they moved to Waskada. In October 1993, Harold & Dorothy decided to spend the winters in Masa, Arizona as the weather really helped Harold’s health. They made lots of new friends and look forward to going there each year. They return to Waskada in mid April each year. Harold passed away October 31, 2004 and Dorothy continued to winter in Arizona for many years.
Harold & Dorothy had four sons; Norman July 15, 1957; Bobbie November 15, 1958; Tim January 21, 1961; and Darwin October 11, 1964.
Norman Brown 1957- (G6)
Norman Edward Brown was born on June 15, 1957. He was the first child of Harold & Dorothy (Blackwell) Brown. On May 10, 1980 Norman Brown married Candice Murray at Lyleton, Manitoba. They had one son, Cory Edward born October 25, 1981 in Brandon and a daughter Allison Dawn born June 4, 1984 in Lyleton. They lived in Lyleton where Norman drove a water truck for the oil company. They moved to Waskada in 1989. Later he operated a small engine repair shop in Deloraine and then went back to driving a water truck in Waskada. Candice works at the Credit Union in Waskada. They have a cabin at Lake Medigoshe since 1994 which they certainly enjoy.
Cory & Allison are both quite talented singers and had both performed several times at Trails West Inn in Brandon at the Orange Crush Talent for Kids. Cory won the finals in 1998 and since then has been asked to perform at several locations in Manitoba as well as at all graduations in Waskada. Cory has graduated highschool and now works in Brandon.
Robert Brown 1958- (G6)
Robert Wayne Brown was born on November 15, 1958. He was the second child of Harold & Dorothy (Blackwell) Brown. On October 13, 1979 Robert Wayne Brown married Bonnie Carscadden in Brandon. This marriage only lasted six months. Bobbie worked as a cook in several towns in Saskatchewan. He took an electronics course for 18 months in Moose Jaw and is now at Indian Head, Saskatchewan working in TV and Electronic repair. He also works part-time as a maintenance man. Bobbie has a special friend Laura Raff and they have three children. Andrew Evan was born December 30, 1989, Mitchell Layne was born November 9, 1990, Kaden Shale was born June 9, 1996.
Tim Brown 1961- (G6)
Timothy Allan Brown was born on January 21, 1961. He was the third child of Harold & Dorothy (Blackwell) Brown. Tim Brown married Tannis Griffith on November 12, 1983 in Winnipeg. Tim & Tannis have two sons, Sean Alan born December 8, 1986 and Daren Edward born December 1, 1988 in Winnipeg. The boys are very active in sports.
Tim worked for Standard Auto Glass in Winnipeg before moving to Speedy Glass in Winnipeg. The family moved to London, Ontario and Tim works as District Manager for Speedy Glass there.
Darwin Brown 1964- (G6)
Darwin Brown was born on October 11, 1964. He was the fourth child of Harold & Dorothy (Blackwell) Brown. Darwin works at Virden driving a water truck for an oil company. Darwin was married to Gloria Gabreille on April 5, 1986 in Virden. They moved to Waskada in 1995 when Darwin drove a semi for McGregors and Jolly’s. In August 1996 the marriage broke up.
Darwin & Gloria had two children. Jeffrey Darwin was born October 17, 1986 at Virden. Chelsey Faye was born February 23, 1989 at Virden. The children now live with their mother in Virden. Darwin was remarried to Muriel Gabreille on December 19, 1997 in Brandon. Muriel had three children to a previous marriage, Holly, Jolene and Lisa. Muriel & Darwin have one child, Elizabeth (Beth) Emma born November 20, 1998. Darwin & Muriel live in Estevan, Saskatchewan and is driving a semi for a trucking company there.
Don Blackwell 1939- (G5)
Donald John Blackwell was born on November 18, 1939. He was the second child of Gar & Doris (Shiels) Blackwell. Don married Phyllis Armstrong on September 17, 1960 at Lockwood, Saskatchewan. Phyllis was born January 12, 1944.
While living in Lanigan, Saskatchewan two children were born; Cheryl Laurie on April 5, 1961 and Bonnie Lynn on October 9, 1962. They moved to Winnipeg in 1963 where two more children were born; Sandra Gail on October 13, 1963 and Donald James (Jamie) on March 18, 1965. While in Winnipeg, Don worked as a mechanic and then worked at AAMCO transmissions. They moved to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1974 and Don ran his own AAMCO shop there. Don also has race horses and bought a farm at Lajord, Saskatchewan just outside of Regina. Don sold AAMCO in the spring of 1982 and moved to the farm. Don & Phyllis have moved back to Regina and Don is now maintenance man at Pioneer Village Seniors Home. Don & Phillis also spend some time in Mesa, Az.
Cheryl (Blackwell) Marr 1961- (G6)
Cheryl Laurie Blackwell was born on April 5, 1961 in Lanigan, Saskatchewan. She was the first child of Don & Phyllis (Armstrong) Blackwell. Cheryl married Miles Marr on October 16, 1982. A daughter, Christina Laurie Marr was born July 27, 1978. A son, Ryan Scott was born on June 9, 1984.
Cheryl worked in the office at AAMCO for her dad for many years. Cheryl now works at Superstore in Regina where she is the Deli Manager. Miles has worked at Capital Pontiac Buick in Regina for many years.
Bonnie (Blackwell) Godfrey 1961- (G6)
Bonnie Lynn Blackwell was born on October 9, 1962 in Lanigan, Saskatchewan. She was the second child of Don & Phyllis (Armstrong) Blackwell. Bonnie married Peter Godfrey on April 24, 1982 and lives in Lumsden. They have three children; Amanda Dawn born September 6, 1982; Melissa Grace born September 26, 1983; and Peter George August 14, 1985.
Bonnie works in Dr. Chapple’s office in Regina and Peter works for Sunwest Sport & Marine in Regina.
Sandra Blackwell 1963- (G6)
Sandra Gail Blackwell was born on October 14, 1963. She was the third child of Don & Phyllis (Armstrong) Blackwell. Sandra married Al Massicotte and they have two children, Samantha Gail born February 10, 1989 and Shelby Louise born July 18, 1993.
Sandy works at Costco and Al is a graphic designer. They reside in Scarborough, Ontario.
Jamie Blackwell 1965- (G6)
Donald James (Jamie) Blackwell was born on March 18, 1965. He was the fourth child of Don & Phyllis (Armstrong) Blackwell. amie lives in Quesnel, BC and is a slot manager at Billy Barker’s Casino.
Marilyn (Blackwell Harbottle Reader) Paulson 1942- (G5)
Marilyn Gayle Blackwell was born on August 7, 1942 in Rocanville, Saskatchewan. She was the third child of Gar & Doris (Shiels) Blackwell. Marilyn moved from town to town with her parents. While living in Virden, Manitoba in 1949, Marilyn was rushed to Virden hospital with ruptured appendix. On March 3, 1960 Marilyn married Jerry Harbottle at her parent’s house in Melita. Jerry & Marilyn had two children; Gerald James (Jimmy) born September 28, 1960 and Tracey Ann on January 13, 1962. In the fall of 1962, Marilyn had separated from Gerry Harbottle.
Marilyn and her children moved along with her parents to Lafleche, Saskatchewan where they took over a garage and cafe. It was here that Marilyn met Wayne Reader. In the spring of 1963, Marilyn, Wayne and the children moved with their parents to Winnipeg, Manitoba. On July 26, 1964 Garry Wayne Reader was born to Marilyn & Wayne. Marilyn & Wayne and the children moved to Moose Jaw and then on to Regina.
Marilyn married Wayne Reader on December 24, 1975 in Regina. While in Regina, Marilyn worked at Sears. Wayne adopted Jimmy and Tracey and they both changed their names to Reader. Wayne and Marilyn moved to Watson, Saskatchewan in the fall of 1985 to work at the Christian Education Centre. Wayne became the school administrator and Marilyn is a teacher. Wayne and Marilyn moved back to Regina and this marriage ended in divorce.
Marilyn moved to Winnipeg in 1998 and was married to Soren Paulson on December 26, 2000. They now live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Jimmy (Harbottle) Reader 1960- (G6)
Gerald James (Jimmy) Harbottle was born on September 28, 1960. He was the first child of Jerry & Marilyn (Blackwell) Harbottle. After his parents divorced and his mother was remarried, Jimmy was adopted by his step father and changed his name to Reader.
On November 22, 1980 Jim Reader married Patti Olson in Regina. Jimmy & Patti have two children. April Dawn was born April 16, 1981 and Curtis James was born December 7, 1984. They live in Regina, Saskatchewan. Jimmy works for Princess Auto. Patty works for the Saskatchewan Government in the P.F.R.A. Department. They also have horses that Patty and April ride in show competition. April has a daughter Kassidy Taylor Reader, born February 2, 1999.
Tracey (Harbottle) (Reader) Walchuk 1962- (G6)
Tracey Ann Harbottle was born on January 13, 1962. She was the second child of Jerry & Marilyn (Blackwell) Harbottle. After her parents divorced and her mother was remarried, Tracey was adopted by her step father and changed her name to Reader.
Tracey married David Walchuk on August 4, 1984 and they lived in Regina before moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba. David was a junior Manager at OK Economy store. Tracey worked at Cheshier Homes where she nursed with handicapped people and was working toward her registered nurses degree.
Tracey & David had three children, Nicole Ann born June 1, 1987; Mathew David born March 7, 1990 and Rachel Gail born March 11, 1995.
Garry Reader 1964- (G6)
Garry Wayne Reader was born on July 26, 1964. He was the first child of Wayne & Marilyn (Blackwell) (Harbottle) Reader. Garry works at Ron’s car clean up and lives in Regina. Garry married Shelley Kirstein and they are the caretakers at their apartment block. Shelly also works at OK Economy store.
Garry & Shelley had two children, Shaun Nagel was born March 16, 1979 and Jennifer Rachele was born March 12, 1986.
Ken Blackwell 1947- (G5)
Kenneth Earl Blackwell was born on January 17, 1947 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. He was the fourth child of Gar & Doris (Shiels) Blackwell. While living in Grenfell, Manitoba, Ken was hit by a slow moving truck in the back lane. He was two years old at the time and was lucky that he was not badly hurt. The truck had a number of pails of paint in the back and it was moving slowly down the back lane. He spent a couple of days in the hospital and recovered quickly. Ken gave the family another scare while living in Souris. Ken & his cousin Randy Lindbloom fell through the ice on the Souris River but luckily they were pulled out in time.
Ken married Shirley Temple on June 3, 1967. Shirley was born July 23, 1948. They have two daughters; Sharleen Marie born on August 26, 1967 and Tracey Lynn born on November 9, 1969. They moved from Regina to Moosomin in 1973.
Ken had a car dealership in Winnipeg and traveled between Winnipeg and Moosmin for many years. Shirley worked in the store for a number of years and now works at the hospital. This marriage ended in divorce and Ken now lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with Inga. Ken still buys & sells cars for himself and other companies. Inga worked for many years and travelled a lot but now is retired.
Sharleen Blackwell 1967- (G6)
Sharleen Marie Blackwell was born on August 26, 1967. She was the first child of Ken & Shirley (Temple) Blackwell. Sharleen married Chris Arklie on July 4, 1992. They live in Regina where Sharleen works for an accountant and Chris is a dietician.
Tracey Lynn Blackwell 1969- (G6)
Tracey Lynn Blackwell was born on November 9, 1969. She was the second child of Ken & Shirley (Temple) Blackwell. Tracey married Steven Bowes on December 31, 1996 and they have a daughter MacKenzie Lois born December 26, 1999.
Sharon (Blackwell) Temple 1955- (G5)
Sharon Frances Blackwell was born there on January 3, 1955 in Souris, Manitoba. Sharon was the Souris New Years Baby that year. She was the fifth child of Gar & Doris (Shiels) Blackwell.
Sharon moved to Regina in 1972. Sharon married Larry Temple on June 16, 1973 in Regina. Larry was born October 22, 1952. Sharon and Larry have two children, Adam in 1987 and Matthew in 1990.
Sharon worked at the office for Canadian Motors for a number of years. She latter worked at Lasards and now works at a Saturn dealership where she is the office manager. Larry is a carpenter and worked in construction for a number of years. He now works with iron workers.
Larry & Sharon have a trailer at Craven World and they enjoy spending weekends and holidays there.