Burchill - Stoll Family

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Burchill - Stoll Family

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William John Burchill (1859 - 1934) was born in Holland Township, Grey County, Ontario to parents John H. Burchill and Ann Howey. After learning the butchering trade near Owen Sound, Ontario, he moved west in 1882, settling in Brandon, Manitoba. In Brandon, he started a butchering business with his bother Jason Burchill (c.1863 - 1937) and his cousin, John A. Howey (1860 - 1915). They established a meat market at 906 Rosser Avenue called Burchill & Howey Butchers. They also owned a cattle farm near Bradwardine, Manitoba. During the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, William Burchill and John Howey led a cattle drive to the Yukon. There was a meat shortage for Dawson City gold-seekers and Burchill and Howey decided to ship their beef cattle there. With a team of thirteen men they drove their live cattle by train, boat, and on foot, to Dawson City. The trip took four months and they spents the winter in Dawson City. The following year they participated in one more cattle drive to the Yukon. With the money the men earned from these trips, they built two city blocks in Brandon in 1902. These blocks were named the Burchill and Howey Block and the Yukon Block.
In 1884, William Burchill married Lillias Gibson in Brandon. Lillias Gibson (1858-1946) was born in Ormstown, Quebec to parents James B. Gibson and Mary A. McEvoy. She came to Brandon around the year 1883. William and Lillias Burchill had four daughters: Mary Olive (1892-1964), Velna Clare (1894-1985), Anna Victoria (1899-1918), and Edith Nellie (1900-1995). The family lived at 404 Eleventh Street in Brandon. Sadly, Anna Victoria died in 1918 at age nineteen of Spanish influenza not long after graduating from Brandon Collegiate. In 1928, Edith married Harold Stoll, a lawyer from Aurora Illinois. Edith lived in Aurora for the rest of her life. She had one son, Austin Stoll (1936-1999). He grew up to become a real estate broker, opening up his own firm in Chicago. Mary Olive married Thomas Coldwell, son of prominent Brandon lawyer George R. Coldwell in 1929. The couple moved to Detroit, Michigan. Later, Mary Olive lived in Chilliwack, British Columbia. William and Lillias remained in Brandon until their deaths. Velna was never married and moved to Chilliwack, British Columbia in 1949, three years after her mother's passing. She resided there for the rest of her life.


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