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Cooper, William W.

  • SCAA-SCM-0011
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1919-1950

William Wesley Cooper is well known in the commercial circles of Swift Current as an upright and reliable business man, interested in everything conducive to the progress and improvement of the city and district. He has been prominent in the mercantile business since 1903 and since 1912 has conducted business under the name of The W. W. Cooper Company, Departmental Store. He was born in Victoria county, Ontario, on the 31st of August, l873, a son of John and Ellen (McNeely) Cooper.
William Wesley Cooper was educated in a public school in Victoria County, which afforded him his early education, and in due time he was graduated from high school at Medicine Hat. He located in Medicine Hat in April, 189O. In June, 1903, he came to Swift Current and engaged in the mercantile business under the name of Argue & Cooper. In 1912 he purchased his partner's interest and the firm name was changed to The W. W. Cooper Company, Departmental Store. The W. W. Cooper Company Departmental Store is one of the representative enterprises of its kind in the west, and Mr. Cooper has built up an extensive and ever-increasing patronage. He carries a complete and high-grade line of goods and employs efficient and courteous clerks. Aside from the store in Swift Current, he operates branch stores in Cabri and Vanguard. He is managing director of the Ben Allan Portland Cement Company, Limited, at Owen Sound, Ontario, and is proprietor of the Swift Current Co-operative Agencies. His interests are wide and varied and the story of his career is the story of well earned success, which is the natural resuIt of hard work and ability.
Fraternally Mr. Cooper is identified with the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and he has attained the Mystic Shrine. He is likewise affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. He was the first president of the Swift Current Rotary Club and an active member of the local Board of Trade. He is a member of the executive committee of the Old Timers Association and is Boy Scouts Commissioner of the Swift Current District. For recreation Mr. Cooper turns to the great outdoors and he is fond of fishing, golf, motoring and shooting. His religious faith is manifest in his attendance at the Methodist church. Since attaining his majority Mr. Cooper has been a stanch supporter of the Liberal party and he is active in any movement for the progress and improvement of his city.

Brunsdon, Al

  • SCAA-SCM-0076
  • Pessoa
  • November 29, 1927 - July 19, 2009

John Alvin (Al) Brunsdon was born on November 29, 1927 in Hawarden, SK and passed away in Swift Current on Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 81 years of age. He is predeceased by his older brother Bert and younger brother, Doug.
He is survived by his wife Claire; 3 children, Wayne, Laurie and Pat (Karen); 2 grandchildren, Denise and Clark, and his sister Marion of Victoria, B.C. He was born into a Canadian Pacific Railway family. His many locations include: Glenside, Tugaskie, Wadena and Assiniboia where he graduated High School. He followed the family footsteps into the CPR and became a Telegrapher in 1948. Three years later he met his wife in Wilkie, SK and married Claire on May 23, 1951. They remained in Wilkie until moving to Tuberose in late 1952. From Tuberose to Cadogan, AB in 1955 and to Kisbey, SK in 1963. In 1967 Al left Kisbey and the CPR. After he retired he was an active member of his community, volunteering in many ways: Kiwanis and the Archaeological Society. Al with Claire were well know in the church community, attending Bronco games and Indian Baseball games. Al loved to travel and had seen: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Australia. Al will be missed by all his family, his extended family and friends. He was a very nice man. A great guy with a good sense of humor. Loved to go fishing, searching for treasures or just getting to know his beloved Saskatchewan. He enjoyed sharing time with his family no matter where in the world they were.

Banting, Meredith Black

  • SCAA-UCCA-0435
  • Pessoa
  • 1901–1991

Meredith Black Banting was born on September 19, 1901 in Rounthwaite, Manitoba. He moved with his family to Manor, Saskatchewan as a teenager. He farmed in Richlea and operated Banting's Machine and Furniture Shop in Kindersley from 1933 to 1942.

In 1942, Banting entered the United Church Ministry. He served as a lay minister in Duval, Saskatchewan while completing high school correspondence classes. He then served as a lay minister in Raymore and Viscount while attending St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon. After his ordination in Moose Jaw in 1948, Banting served numerous parishes in Saskatchewan (Central Butte, Moose Jaw, Broadview, Whitewood, Wapella, Craik) and Alberta (Bow Island, Beaver Lodge). In 1970, Banting retired to Regina, where he was involved with the Westminster United Church's native ministries. He died in Regina on May 20, 1991.

Banting was a life member of the Masonic Lodge in Moose Jaw and the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 7 in Regina. An amateur photographer, Banting also loved music and sang in several choirs. Banting wrote, compiled and edited numerous books, mainly of poetry and reminiscences, and operated Banting Publishers, a small press publishing company, out of his home at 2306 Athol Street in Regina. Banting also produced and hosted several television and radio programs, mainly for children and senior citizens.

Banting married Florence Harper in 1934. The Bantings had one daughter: Anne.

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