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Abbott, Louise, b. 1950

  • Person
  • 1950-

Louise Abbott was born in Montreal on 26 July 1950. She graduated from McGill University. Freelance writer, photographer, author and documentary filmmaker, she began her career in 1971. Many of her works are dedicated to cultural minorities - the English-speaking community in Quebec, the Inuit. She now lives in the Eastern Townships.

So far in her career, she has published many books and her photographs have also appeared in many other publications. She has been involved in many solo or group exhibitions. Well known public institutions, such as Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Musée du Québec include her photographs in their collections. She produced her first documentary in 1991.

Louise Abbott has been awarded many times for her work. In 1996, she won a Canada Council grant to write a book about the English-speaking community of the Eastern Townships.

Banfill, Bessie Jane (1899-1975)

  • Person
  • 1899-1975

Bessie Jane Banfill was born on 18 January 1899 on the family farm outside Richmond. Her parents were Enos Leroy Banfill and Sarah Augusta Healy. After some secretarial training, she obtained a position in the office of an asbestos mine near Thetford Mines and secured enough money to support her studies at the Sherbrooke Protestant Hospital, where she graduated in June 1923. Ms. Banfill traveled to Mutton Bay (Labrador) in 1928 and took a missionary training course at the United Church Training School in Toronto. After travelling to the Magdalene Islands, she opened the new W.M.S. Hospital at Smeaton, Saskatchewan in 1933 and was awarded the a medal from King George V in 1935. She went to the Indian Residential School at Ahousaht in 1937 and went back to the Labrador Mission in 1942-1944. After receiving a back injury that prevented her from doing full-time work, she did part-time duty at Cornwall General Hospital and later in Ottawa. Bessie Banfill wrote books and articles on her nursing experience. This includes titles such as "Labrador Nurse" (1952), "Nurse of the Islands" (1965) and "Pioneer Nurse" (1967). She died on November 13, 1975. Her body was given to Queen's University Medical School. She had never married.

Day, C.M. (Catherine Matilda), 1815-1899

  • Person

Catherine M. Day, a writer and historian of the Eastern Townships, was born in 1815 in East Farnham where her parents, Samuel Wells Townsend and Pamela Lawrence owned a farm. In 1840, she married Henry W. Day. The couple and their children lived in Sainte-Thérèse and later in Chambly, Quebec. Henry died in 1854, leaving Catherine with six children to support. She moved to Champlain, New York, where she taught in a young ladies' school. In 1861, she published a novel, "Alice Maynard". The same year, she returned to live in the Eastern Townships. In 1863, she published "Pioneers of the Eastern Townships" and in 1869 "History of the Eastern Townships". Later, she lived in Iowa, first with her daughter Mary and then with her son Samuel. Finally, she returned to the Townships to live with her daughter Pamelia Annie Pearson, wife of William Keene Knowlton. Catherine M. Day died in 1899 in South Stukely and is buried there.

Bowen, Minnie Hallowell, 1861-1942

  • Person
  • 1861-1942

Minnie Henrietta Bethune Hallowell was born in Sherbrooke on 4 February 1861. She was the daughter of John Hallowell, a lawyer, and Helen Maria Clark. On September 10th, 1890, she married Cecil H. Bowen, son of George Frederick Bowen, and had two children, Lloyd H. and Rose Meredyth. Minnie Hallowell Bowen was active in various philanthropic, patriotic, religious, and literary organizations such as the Women's Auxiliary Missionary Society, the Sherbrooke Patriotic Association, the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, the Women's Conservative Association, the Canadian Authors' Association, and the Sherbrooke Choral Society. She published six books and booklets of poetry; she also wrote literary texts that were published in newspapers and periodicals. She used a few pen names: the Drum-Major, Jane of Brompton Road, and possibly Rapier. She died in Quebec City on August 1, 1942. Her funeral was held at Blake's Funeral Home (86 Queen Street) and St. Peter's Church, Sherbrooke, on August 4, 1942 and she was buried in the family lot at the Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke.

Waldron, Mildred, 1924-2008

  • Person
  • 1924-2008

Mildred Ettra Waldron was born on 28 January 1924 in East Clifton. She was the daughter of Luman Augusta Waldron and Flora A. Cairns. She never married. She was a Townships author and researcher. She published family and local histories of the Compton County area and, in particular, the East Clifton area, such as the Descendants of T. Waldron and M. Morse, The Hills of Clifton, Sheepskin Joe and Descendants of Hugh E. Cairns and Sarah A Waldron.

Mildred passed away 21 May 2008 at the age of 84 and is buried at the East Clifton Cemetery.

Marshall, Joyce

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  • Person
  • 1913-2005

Author Joyce Marshall was born in Montreal on 28 November 1913, the eldest child of William W. Marshall and Ruth Chambers. After attending Westmount High School in Montreal she studied at St. Helen's School in Dunham from 1929 to 1932. She then went on to study English at McGill University, where she obtained her B.A. in 1935. Marshall had started to write fiction in her childhood and had her first publication, a short story, in 1936. In 1937 she moved to Toronto and continued to live there for most of her life, with a break from 1961 to 1963, when she lived in Denmark and Norway. Though her works consists mainly of short stories, Marshall has also worked in many other genres, including poetry, the novel, the essay, journalism, and criticism. Many of her stories have been produced for radio on the CBC program 'Anthology'. Marshall was a translator as well, and is known as an excellent translator of Quebec literature. In 1976, she won the Canadian Council award for translation for her version of Gabrielle Roy's "Cet été qui chantait". This translation and that of two other works by Roy gave rise to correspondence with Roy. Marshall's interests included work with national associations for the protection and promotion of writers and translators. In 1981-1982, Marshall was writer-in-residence at Trent University in Ontario.

Joyce Marshall passed away 22 October 2005.

Dutton, Dorothy, 1901-2003

  • Person
  • 1901-2003

Dorothy Dutton was born on 9 October 1901 in Gaspé. She was the daughter of Reverend Arthur W. Dutton, an Anglican clergyman, and Mary Ready. She never married. She studied at King's Hall in Compton and graduated from Bishop's University in History in 1920. Her father also studied at Bishop's University from 1895 to 1899. During her career life, Dorothy Dutton worked as a teacher, business woman and a manager. She worked in Montreal for Sun Life, an insurance company, in New Hampshire for Indian Head, a tourist resort, and in Lennoxville at Bishop's College School. She was also an author. She wrote and published historical novels and Bible stories for children: The chosen, From Egypt to the Holy Land, Come to Jerusalem, Hunter's Landing, Lennoxville/Ascot (1791-1950), Jonathan's Long Furrow. She continued to write until the age of 97.

Dorothy Dutton was also involved and recognized into the Lennoxville community. She volunteered at her church, St. George's Church (Lennoxville). In 1980, she was named Alumni of the Year by Bishop's University and became Honorary member of Bishop's Golden Key Academic Honour Society in 2002. She received a Life Membership from the Anglican Church Women. She also donated three watercolors to Bishop's Art Collection that were done by her father, Arthur Dutton.

In 1998, Dorothy Dutton moved to The Wales Home in Richmond where she lived until she passed away on 8 February 2003 at the age of 101 years old. Her funeral was held in Lennoxville at St. George's Church. She is buried in Malvern Cemetery in Lennoxville.