Memorable Manitobans: Mary Emma “Molly” McFadden Basken (1896-1970)
Born at Emerson on 2 January 1896, daughter of David Henry McFadden and Emma Storey (1862-1947), she attended Brandon College before marrying Reginald Frederick Basken (1891-1967) on 14 May 1919, at Winnipeg, with whom she subsequently had a daughter, Norma Basken (wife of James G. T. Fairfield).
A freelance writer and historian, McFadden was a recognized authority in the history of steamboats which plied the rivers of the northern United States, Manitoba, and the Saskatchewan River. She was a member of the Manitoba Historical Society, Red River Valley Historical Society, and North Dakota Historical Society, and she served as Second Vice-President of the Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Authors’ Association.
She died suddenly in her Winnipeg home, 349 Ash Street, on 7 July 1970 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.
Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 July 1970, page 27.
Reginald Frederick Ralph Basken, Geni.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 January 2022