Edward, Mary Elizabeth,
Joshua Coatsworth & Belle.
The mention of the title of her pending book confirms a family story I've been told many times by my mother. The story is that when aunt Belle died, her sister-in-law, aunt Althea destroyed the manuscript of her book. The National Library has no record of this book, or of any book by Belle Dobie. I know this seems like airing dirty laundry, but destroying a book is a bit beyond the pale. I would like to hear from anyone who has any information on "Housewife and Editor".
This is the obituary of Mary Elizabeth Dobie, in the Fort
William Times-Journal, Wednesday, January 21, 1959, Page 2.
Resident Since '72, PA Woman Dies at 90
One of the earliest residents of Port Arthur, Miss Elizabeth M. Dobie, 90, of Dawson Court, died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. Born at Bruce Mines, she came to Port Arthur in 1872 by boat with her parents, the late Magistrate and Mrs. W.C. Dobie. She was a member of First Presbyterian church and the evening auxiliary. Surviving are, a sister, Mrs. D.G. Sutherland of Vancouver; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. E.J.B. Dobie, of 4 Regent street and Mrs. J.C. Dobie, of South High street, Port Arthur. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday from the Sargent chapel to Riverside cemetery. Rev. Gron Morgan will officiate. The family requests that flowers be omitted.
Annie Dobie was brought up with the Woodside family in B.C. after 1881. She lived in Boston Bar, BC. in 1943 (see J.C. Dobie death notice); in Vancouver in 1961/2. She was with the Dobies in Port Arthur for the 1881 census but gone by the 1891 census. I met her in Vancouver when I was in the Navy, about 1962, when my uncle George Dobie took me to visit her. Her marriage record states that she went by the Woodside surname but had not been legally adopted. Although her name is "Louisa" on her birth record, Marilynn Clarke informs me that she always used "Louise". The family pet name her grandchildren called her was "Othermom", as she was a mother to them when their own mother died. She died at Valley View Hospital, Coquitlam, BC. Cremated.
Although she lived with the Woodside family, she still kept in contact with her Dobie siblings and her father in Port Arthur. See Dobie-Sutherland Photograph Album which records the Sutherland family in Lytton, BC and visits of both W.C. Dobie and Belle Dobie to the Sutherland household.
In a letter dated Aug. 25, 1997, her grand-daughter, Marilynn Clarke, writes: "My grandmother was affectionately known by everyone as "Othermom". She was generous to a fault and a wonderfully caring person. I lived with her and my grandfather for a year after my mother died. All that I am or ever hoped to be I owe to her. In additiion to the year mentioned, I spent numerous summers with her and my grandfather. Oh how I wish I'd paid more attention when I heard the oft-told stories of her early years. I, like you, was always puzzled as to why my grandmother was sent to live with the Woodside family. I know nothing about them but always got the impression that Othermom was very happy with them. The story I heard many times about Othermom's stepmother was that she was very mean and quite abusive to her and my grandmother vowed that if she ever had any children she would spoil them. (She did). She also said that no one realized at that time that her stepmother was mentally ill. It was my understanding that she was institutionalized." [Note: This seems to not to have been the case. Marion Dobie, the great-niece of Mary Ann Dobie, says she was never institutionalized. -- Charles Dobie.]
Daniel: Daniel's occupation at marriage was "Provincial Constable", at death was "Superintendant Road Construction" (to 1942). His residence at marriage was Lytton, BC. He gave his mother's name on his marriage record as Mary or Marg., but on his death record it is Jessie McLeod, and this name is confirmed by Marilynn (Mayes) Clarke. Died at Shaughnessy Hospital, Vancouver. His birth date on his death record is March 5, 1867, but Marilynn Clarke in a letter dated 8 Oct., 1997, says the correct month is May.
This is the obituary of D.G. Sutherland in an undated and unidentified
newspaper clipping supplied by Marilynn (Mayes) Clarke:
Daniel Gunn Sutherland, who came to British Columbia in 1888 and grew up with the development of the road and rail down the Fraser from Revelstoke to Vancouver, was buried Thursday in Vancouver. Mr. Sutherland was 84. He had worked as a boy in the CPR camps when the railway was pushed through to the coast and for years had served as a superintendent for the provincial department of Public Works. During the first war he was a member of the Canadian Forestry Corps, serving two years in France. He also served with the Provincial Police at Lytton, and it was while he was in the police, in 1899, that he married Annie Louise Dobie. [Note correct year is 1897. -- CD.]
In 1908, he became a superintendent with the public works department, a job that was interrupted during the first war, and it was in the government service that he helped build bridges and docks at Golden, Woodwards Landing, Courtenay, Sayward, Mission, Salmon River and Hope.
He was also on the crew that built the first Kitsilano bridge across False Creek. It was at his suggestion that the aerial ferry across the Fraser at Boston Bar was constructed. When Mr. Sutherland first came to B.C., he recalled shortly before his death, in a Province Magazine article, he saw the Fraser at Lytton literally filled with salmon. There were so many they could be seen a mile away and "looked like seaweed." He was a member of Nicolas Lodge, A.F. & A.M. at Merrit. Mr Sutherland is survived by his wife, a daughter, Doris, and a son, Gordon, all of 2429 East Twenty-seventh.
Wilna Sydney Dobie
Wilna is the third child sent to live with friends after her mother died. Who did
she live with and where? Until Marilynn gave me this information, the story of Wilna had been
a complete unknown to me.
The photograph at right is by Gaylord, Duluth. Laser photocopy courtesy of Marilynn Clarke.