Elizabeth Merle THOMPSON

Female 1909 - 1969  (59 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Merle THOMPSON  [1
    Born 07 Sep 1909  Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 14 Jul 1910  St Andrews, Smithsville, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Alternate Name Ballantyne 
    Reference 3718 
    Residence 1945  Fleming, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 07 Mar 1969  Abernathy, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 10 Mar 1969  Riverside Memorial, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Occupation: Teacher - Primary teacher at Abernathy, Sask for 15 years until
      her death.
      - As per The Echo, Rocanville 1904-1964, page 28 (Millinery & Dressmaking). On the second floor of the Barrett & Scott store was the "millinery shop". A great event of spring was the 'millinery' opening at Easter when women had an exciting afternoon viewing and trying on models. These hats were made of straw braid, on foundations of wire and buckram, and would be covered with different materials such as silk, velvet, or shirred net and then trimmed with ribbon, bows, feathered plumes, flowers and even clusters of fruit. Women still wore their hair wrapped around their head or perched high on top, and so the hats were secured to the hair by means of hat pins 10 to 12 inches long. One of the milliners was Miss Thompson. [It also notes a Mrs. W. Thompson as one of the early dressmakers - don't know who this is].

      Hobby: Piano, Organ.

      Death: Died of cancer. Buried at Lot A, Plot 2, Block 40D at Riverside
      Riverside Memorial Park Cemetary, Regina. Funeral services held at Speers Funeral Chapel.
      - As per Death Notice in ? newspaper: Ballantyne - Friday, March 7, 1969,
      Elizabeth Merle Ballantyne, age 59 years, late of Abernethy, Sask.
      Predeceased by her husband, Thomas, in 1932, Mrs. Ballantyne is survived
      by her son, Gordon, in Lethbridge, Alta., two daughters, Mr. J. (Margaret)
      Mallett, in Edmonton, Alta, and Mr. G. (Jean) Duke, in Pine Point, N.W.T.,
      her mother Mrs. C.A. Thompson in Didsbury, Alta., two sisters, Cleta and Grace Thompson, both in Calgary, Alta., three brothers, W.D. Thompson, Didsbury, Alta., J.G. Thompson, Edmonton, Alta., and Dr. G.L. Thompson, Selkirk, Man.,
      and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in Speers Funeral
      Chapel, Monday, March 10, 1969, at 1:30 pm. Interment in Riverside Memorial Park.
      - As per "News from Fleming" in ? newspaper: Friends will be sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth (Bessie) Merle Ballantyne, age 59 years, on Friday, March 7th, in a Regina Hospital. Predeceased by her husband, Thomas, in 1932, Mrs. Ballantyne is survived by .... ( as above ).... Funeral services
      were conducted in Spiers Funeral Chapel and interment in Riverside Memorial Park. Mrs. Ballantyne was living at Abernethy before her illness. She was a former teacher in Fleming and for many years organist of the United Church.
      - As per another article in ? newspaper - Mrs. Elizabeth Ballantyne, Abernethy
      (ASC) - Funeral services for the late Mrs. Elizabeth Ballantyne were held
      Monday, March 10 from Speer's Funeral Chapel, Regina. Rev. Dale Perkins officiated. In his message Ref. Perkins paid tribute to Mrs. Ballantyne by citing the special place whe would always hold in the hearts of the little
      people with whom she worked as a friend, and a teacher.
      The hymns, "Unto the Hills" and "Lead Kindly Light" were sung. By request,
      the Twenty-Third psalm was sung as a solo.
      Pallbearers were E.W. Novak, Melville; George Shain, Indian Head; Ted Hall, Fort Qu'Appelle; Jack Stueck; Morely Bogart and Harry Woznesensky of Abernethy. Interment was in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Regina.
      Mrs. Ballantyne came to Abernethy in 1954 and until her death was the
      primary room teacher. Prior to this Mrs. Ballantyne taught at Wolseley,
      Broadview, and Fleming.
      She leaves to mourn her passing ... ( as above ) ... She was predeceased
      by her husband in 1932. Mrs. Ballantyne was an active member of the Eastern Star. She will be missed by her many friends here in Abernethy; most of all by the children whose lives she helped to shape and mould into citizens for the future.
      It is the wish of the Ballantyne family that anyone wishing to place a
      memorial to the late Mrs. Ballantyne might do so through the Knox United
      Church Memorial Fund in Abernethy.
      - As per an article in ? newspaper - Mrs. Ballentyne Dies in Regina: Word
      was received this week in Rocanville of the death of a former resident,
      Mrs. Elizabeth (Bessie) Merle Ballantyne, at the age of 59 years, in Grey Nuns Hospital on March 7th, 1969.
      Mrs. Ballantyne had been a teacher at Abernethy, Sask., for 17 years, and
      also a teacher at Rocanville and Fleming. Predeceased by her husband, Thomas, in 1932, her father, J.A. Thompson and a sister Josephine, she is survived by her ... (as above) ...
      Funeral services were held from Speers Funeral Chapel on Monday, March 10th, 1969 with interment in Riverside Memorial Park, Regina.
      Those attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Ballantyne, of
      Lethbridge; Mr. and Mrs. J. Mallett, Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Thompson, of Edmonton;
      Mrs. J.A. Thompson, and Bill, of Didsbury; Misses Cleta and Grace Thompson, of Calgary; and Mr. and Mrs. G. Duke, of Pine Point, N.W.T.; and Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Thompson, of Selkirk, Manitoba.

      Residence: Lived in Rocanville and Virden after husband died. Beth went back to Rocanville with her young children to live with her parents and then resumed teaching. The children later joined her in Fleming where they took their schooling.

      Education: Rocanville

      Baptism: Copy of Certificate of Baptism No. 22, dated Delisle, July 14th, 1910. This certifies that Elizabeth Myril child of James A. Thompson and Charlotte Amelia Dawson born a Delisle on Sept 7th, 1909, has this day been baptized by me ......
      Witnesses: Pastor:
      (s) J.C. Robertson B.D. (s) M. Fraser Munro, B.A.B.D.
      (s) John Macartney St. Andrews, Smithville

      As per the Moosomin Century One Town and Country book.
      - Page 421
      Elizabeth Ballantyne was a teacher at the Fleming School Disctict #45.
      - Page 419 (history of Fleming School District #45)
      Fleming Protestant Public School District #45 of the North West Territories, was established on December 18th, 1885. [After a series of attempts to get funds and the power to build a school house,] a tiny one room school house became Fleming's first school. [However, as per early records,] classes were
      being taught before a school house was erected. ... [In about 1900 a new school was built.] The new school boasted three classrooms and was constructed of brick. It was a storey and a half, with a large porch on the front with divided entrance for boys and girls. [Elementary taught on upper level, high school on lower level.] [This school was poorly constructed and the students had to cross the CPR railway tracks to get there, therefore,] in 1911 a new school was built. [2 1/2 stories, four classrooms, kept the large bell from the previous school, chemistry lab, teacher's lounge, principal's office]. [1930's and 40's had "At homes", 1950's and 60's "Christmas concerts", Field day's were popular,
      having to drive to the Moosomin Field Meet all in Dodger Adam's truck.] School registration rose and fell with the population of the town, but with the baby boom of the 1950's, the registration fell sharply. Fewer students were taking their high school grades here, and finally at the end of June 1960, the high school was closed and students were bused to Moosomin. The school was finally closed in June 1975 almost 90 years after its origin. The school is still standing.
      [The town of Fleming appeared on the 1$ bill for several years. The view was
      taken from the west on the old No. 1 highway.]
      There is a picture of the town at 1904.
      - As per The Echo, Rocanville 1904-1964.
      - Page 116 (under Entertainment). The 'old time' orchestra that played
      together for sixteen years was Frank Dauncey and son, Hugh, and G. Westover on the violins, Nelson Dauncey the banjo, H. Davis the drums, with Mrs. Con.
      Arnold playing the piano. H. Davis played the drums for other orchestras.
      Pianists in this orchestra throughout the years were Irene Mitchell, Bessie
      Ballantyne, and Flossie Reavie.

      - As per the Jordan book.
      Elizabeth (Beth) Merle Thompson, born 7 September 1909 at Delisle, married 6 March 1929 at Rocanville, Thomas (Tom) Bates Ballantyne born 18 February 1901 at Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland. Beth was a teacher and Tom was in the bakery business. He died 25 August 1932 in a motor accident in Virden, Manitoba, and was buried at Webster's Cemetary, Rocanville. Beth then returned to Rocanville with her young children. They lived with her parents while Beth resumed her
      teaching. She moved to Fleming, Saskatchewan, where the children took their schooling and became involved in community sports and the church. Later, and for fifteen years until her death, Beth was primary teacher at Abernathy, Saskatchewan. She died 7 March 1969 at Regina and was buried at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetary, Regina.

      - Elizabeth and Jo were to cook turkey one time and they used plant fertilizer instead of spices.
    • Making arrangements to move her children from Rocanville house (with their grandmother Charlotte) to their own place. [As per letter from James Thompson to Jo, Jun 7, 42]

      Per letter from Margaret Ballantyne to Jo Thompson, dated Sept 27 1942, they are in Fleming.

      Children had lived with grandparents for long time.
    Person ID I3718  Southwest
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2011 

    Family Thomas Bates BALLANTYNE,   b. 18 Feb 1901, 89 Mozart Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Aug 1932, General Hospital, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Married 06 Mar 1929  First Presbyterian Church, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • As per a notice in ? newspaper 1929 - Ballantyne-Thompson:
      Married at First Presbyterian Church Manse, Brandon, on March 6th by the Rev. Chas. S. Oke, Elizabeth Mearle, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Thompson of Rocanville, to Thomas Bates Ballantyne of Rocanville, son of Mrs. Margaret Ballantyne and of the late Robert Ballantyne, Berth (Beith)
      Ayreshire, Scotland.
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F885  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 07 Sep 1909 - Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 14 Jul 1910 - St Andrews, Smithsville, Saskatchewan, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 06 Mar 1929 - First Presbyterian Church, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1945 - Fleming, Saskatchewan, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 07 Mar 1969 - Abernathy, Saskatchewan, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 10 Mar 1969 - Riverside Memorial, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S897] Mallett/Blight Descendants, Compiler: Deb Mallett, (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Dec 26, 2015), M04S156.

    2. [S841] Ltr: EB Nov 14, 1945, EB, (Nov 14, 1945).