Item - Wooden postcard

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Wooden postcard

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  • 1900-1914 (Creation)
    Lau, Otto

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3.25" x 5.25" (b/w)

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Otto Lau (1858-1940) was born in Ontario Canada. He homesteaded the south half of 10-12-18 in the R.M. of Elton, Manitoba in 1881. In 1885, he worked on the Grand Valley Ferry in the R.M. of Cornwallis, Manitoba. He married Georgina Augusta Reid (1869-1891) on July 27, 1888. They had a son Robert (1890-1941). Otto Lau remarried on December 27, 1893 to Louisa Wiener (1869-1936). They had six children: John William (1894-1917); Frank Otto (1897-1918); Allan (1900-1975); Annie Louise (1902-1996); Gordon Wiener (1906-1964) and Ruby Florence (1909-1992). John and Frank Lau were killed while serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War I.
Otto Lau continued to farm in the R.M. of Elton until 1935 when he sold his land to George Miller. Otto Lau passed away at Vancouver British Columbia in 1940. His wife Louisa passed away at Vancouver British Columbia in 1936

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For custodial history see the collection level description of the Otto Lau Family fonds

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tem is a wooden postcard - unpainted wood burning. Addressed to John William Lau, Burnside(?), Manitoba, Canada." Postmarked on Feb. 2 in Kelona, British Columbia.

Postcard reads: "HELP WANTED in BRANDON" (except the word "in" is written in pencil). Burned in picture is of a cowboy pointing a gun at a frightened man wearing a suit. In pencil, the cowboy is labelled "Frank" and the man in the suit is labelled "John."

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