G5: 1888 Nellie (Shiels) Walker

Helen Paterson Shiels was born near Edinburgh, Scotland on Jan 31, 1888. She was the second child of John and Christine (Bryden) Shiels. Helen was called Nellie by her family and came to Canada in 1903. After completing her education, she was employed as a secretary at R.H. Cook Insurance in Arcola.

She married Harry Walker in 1912 and they lived on a farm near Kisbey until 1927 when they moved to the town of Kisbey. They bought the old Methodist church on Coteau Street and converted it to a house.

Harry was lineman for the North Kisbey Rural Telephone Co., and would sometimes walk from Kisbey to the end of the line looking for the trouble. He is well remembered for entertaining both the young and old with his magic tricks. He owned one of the first public address systems which was used at sports days and hockey games; he was always willing to play music for the skaters. Harry was employed by Greenwoods’ Garage and the Gordon Brothers’ Garage.

They had two children: Victor and Helen. Harry died in 1966, and Helen died in 1973. They are buried in Percy cemetery.

Helen Irene (Walker) Partridge 1914- (G4)

Helen Walker was born June 30, 1914. Helen was the first child of Harry & Helen (Shiels) Walker. On January 2, 1943, Helen married Tom Partridge.

Tom was interested in storekeeping from an early age and worked for H. L. Whicher for several years as delivery boy and general clerk. He became manager of the Moose Mountain Hardware store about 1937. When the store was sold in 1940, Tom was transferred to Port Arthur, Ont., where he was employed by Marshall Wells. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942. He was posted to HMCS Naden at Esquimalt in Victoria and spent the rest of the war years there. Tom & Helen resided in Regina, Moose Jaw, Winnipeg and Vancouver during Tom’s career. Tom and Helen are now retired and living in Victoria.

Vic Walker 1919- (G4)

Bernard Victor Walker was born in the Hazel Bank district in 1919. He was the second child of Harry & Helen (Shiels) Walker. Vic moved to Kisbey with his family in 1927 and took his schooling there. Vic remembered what a wonderful teacher Bill Irwin was. He was an Ace in World War I, and also enlisted and flew again in World War II. Vic spent four and a half years in the RCAF during World War II, and returned to Canada in 1945.

Vic married Belva Barker, daughter of Wilbur and Mabel Barker in Kisbey in 1949.

They resided in Kisbey until they moved to Red Deer, Alberta in 1953. Vic rejoined the RCAF in 1956 and was stationed in Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta before being posted to Germany in 1959. They returned to Camp Borden in 1963 and lived at Alliston, Ontario, a small town about 10 miles from camp. (Alliston is now famous for the Honda plant.)

Vic retired from the RCAF in 1969 and taught school in Alliston from 1970 until 1984. He is now retired and spend most of the time travelling and curling. Vic & Belva have three children:

  • Laurel Ellen was born in Arcola in 1950. She married Don Earles and now lives in Prince George, B.C.
  • Kimball Dee was born in Arcola in 1952. He married Brenda Purchase of Alliston, Ontario. They have two daughters and live in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • Harry Francis was born at Red Deer, Alberta in 1957. He now lives in Calgary and works with computers at Shell Oil.