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Memorable Manitobans: Ada Whitmore Wells (1900-?)

Housewife.

Born at Leicester, England on 10 September 1900, her family emigrated to Wellwood in 1905. As a young girl she did not attend school; instead, she did domestic work in her family home. As a child she was responsible for the house while her mother was on calls as a midwife. She taught herself to cook and trained herself as a homemaker. When she was thirteen years old she worked as a nanny and nurse for the elderly. On 15 June 1918 she married John James Wells, and together they had ten children. As a farm wife she made and prepared butter, bread and cheese for market customers. She made up to sixty, eight-pound blocks of cheese in one year, and baked twelve loaves of bread three times a week.

Sources:

Voices of Yesteryear [Audiocassette], 1982. Westman Oral History Collection by the Westman Oral History Association (Effie McPhail, Chair). S. J. McKee Archives.

This page was prepared by Angela Graham and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 January 2015

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