Category Archives: Real people

Emma (Bowe) Kirkpatrick

My great grandmother Emma’s marriage to James Douglas Kirkpatrick was the point where the Kirkpatrick line first merged with the Bowe line, back in the day. Great grandma was quite the extraordinary woman. Born 8 March 1872, Emma was the daughter of Herman Otto Bowe, a German, and Quilinick “Caroline” … [read]

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Spies and intrigue

Dusting my bookshelves this morning I came across a book I have been packing around with me since I was 8 years old. Untold decades, in other words. It was given to me by my grandmother, but that’s not the reason I’ve been keeping it. Grandma gave me a lot … [read]

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Knocking down preconceived notions

I’m training myself to ask questions that buck the norm. To see the world from a different perspective. To challenge my current ways of viewing things. For instance, What if there really is no God and we are actually part of someone’s dream? A bad dream, at that. What if … [read]

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Anna Christine “Nana” [Kirkpatrick] Salter

23 March 1896 – 21 February 1999 Nana lived to be just one month shy of her 103rd birthday. My dad (her nephew) tells me she was already over 100 when he saw her at a family reunion, eating and laughing and yakking it up with kin, happy as a … [read]

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Humble wisdom

David Trumble lived to be well over 100 years old and was at one time one of Canada’s oldest living pioneers. His story is told in a sweet little book called When I Was a Boy, edited by Glen Ellis and published in 1976 by J.M. Dent & Sons (Canada) … [read]

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Funny Kirkpatrick article

While I was on vacation last week I stopped in at the Ashcroft museum to have a look at some of the old Kirkpatrick archives held there. (Thanks so much for all your help, Kathy!) One interesting item I found was quite amusing. Read on: RCMP News (June 27, 1968 … [read]

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The end of an era

I am feeling a little bit drained today, emotionally and physically. I spent the weekend helping to get my grandparents’ cabin ready for sale. My cousin and her strapping young sons came and helped move mountains of stuff out (I really couldn’t have done it without you all!). I showed … [read]

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Mothers and daughters

I like to think I’m a fairly accomplished woman. Not over the top accomplished, but I’ve done a few things I’m proud of. I’ve raised four children to become healthy, contributing members of society. I’m a published writer. I have a degree and a job I love as an e-communications … [read]

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What I should have said

Bonnie Janine Kirkpatrick Born: September 23, 1964 Died: November 15, 2009   After three months of struggle, my beautiful sister Janine passed away late one dark November night. Her hospital room was packed with people who cherished her – her father, her sisters, her daughters – and as she took … [read]

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The Trail of the Covered Wagon

I’m probably spending too much time on genealogy stuff and not enough time on other things I could be doing. It’s how I relax, though, and the “other stuff” will wait until tomorrow. Stumbled upon this story at the JPKirkpatrick site. It’s a recounting of how some folks set out … [read]

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