McFarland Family

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McFarland Family

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Most of the items comprising this fonds pertain to the McFarland and Howden families who settled in the Rapid City area of Manitoba ca.1880. William McFarland came from the Jarvis area, near Simcoe, Ontario with his brother Alfred to homestead near Cardale, Manitoba. He was soon followed by his parents, Francis and Mary McFarland and his sister, Isabelle. In 1903, William married Ethel Jane Howden, the eldest child of William Howden and Lucinda Munn. The wedding took place at the Howden family farm near Totonka with the bride's sisters Maud and Mina providing the music and serving as attendants. William Howden had also come from Ontario (as did his brother Alexander, a prominent Brandon lawyer), settling in the Moline area in 1879. William and Lucinda Howden's other children included Florence, Eva, and Albert. The only boy, Albert was killed in action on November 9, 1918. William and Ethel McFarland had two children, Sanford and Lorne.


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