This blog showcases stories from my family history research, and is a place to share my journey as a new genealogist in a world where so much is available on line. My lines lead to Canada mainly from England and the United States, but also from Ireland, Germany and France. Some surnames I will be writing about are Saunders, Sanderson, Hart, Merriam, Wright, Marlow, Bosomworth, Monk, Crawford, Lefevre, Green, Cook, Goff, and Dickenson.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Lily Elizabeth Newton Cook Arnold 1881 - 1965
Lily Elizabeth Newton Cook
Now that we have encountered four hundred years of Harts, I
would like to go back to my maternal lines for a bit. I have always been very
curious about my great grandmother Faith Cook Saunders’ parents and siblings.
My grandmother Alice Sanderson had mentioned them over the years, and I always
found it a kind of sad that we had been out of touch with the families of her
aunts and uncles even though some of them were apparently so close
geographically. All I knew was that some of them lived in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
One of these aunts turned out to be her Aunt Lily. The one story I remember
hearing about her specifically was that she had beautiful long auburn hair,
which she brushed one hundred times every night. My mother told me that Faith
had “idolized” her older sister. My mother had also told me that she remembered
that a bunch of the family from the Okanagan had come through Vancouver in the
1930’s on their way to California. I have since discovered that one of the
uncles, Samuel Cook, had lived in Torrance and Long Beach, California, but I
will write about him separately. Uncle Godfrey, of whom everyone seemed to be
fond, had had a drinking problem, according to the family story, and had died
“in a parking lot” somewhere in the States. This turned out to be Ogden, Utah
in 1940. The only other piece of information about this side of the family that
I had, other than I have already shared in my postings about Emma Green Cook,
was that my grandmother had told me that she had a male cousin in Salmon Arm
who was a “famous psychic” who had been written up in McLean’s magazine. She
said that he was famous for predicting natural phenomena such as earthquakes.
He turned out to be Lily’s son, Stan Arnold, who died last year a few months
before I joined Ancestry.
Lily, Martha, Clara & Faith Cook
My great grand aunt, Lily Elizabeth Newton Cook was born on
September 25, 1881 in Guisborough, Yorkshire, England, while her parents, Emma
and William Cook, originally from Lincolnshire, were still living there. (She is pictured above standing on the left. Next to her are her sisters Martha and Clara, I believe, and sister Faith is in front). She was partially named after her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Newton, of whom her mother appears to have been very fond. She
was baptised at the age of five on March 9, 1887 in Timberland, Lincolnshire,
where her father was born. Her sister, Martha Annie Wheatly Cook, was baptised
the same day at the age of two. "Wheatly" was the surname of their maternal great grandmother, the mother of Elizabeth Newton. Lily arrived in Canada with her mother and
siblings in 1889, her father having emigrated the year before. (See my postings
on Emma Green Cook for further discussion of the family’s early years in
Canada). After living first in Ontario, the family moved to Moosomin,
Saskatchewan between 1892 and 1900, where they homesteaded and had a farm.
There Lily met Henry Edward Arnold, a.k.a. “Harry”, and they married in
Moosomin in 1901. Harry was born on March 11, 1876 in Bethnal Green, London,
England. He came to Canada with his family in 1884 at the age of eight.
According to a local history, Lily and and Harry had ten children. So far, bit
by bit, I have identified nine: Emma Clara Arnold, Ethel Annie Edna Arnold,
William Henry Edward Arnold, Marion Lillian Pearl Arnold, Ralph Garnett Arnold,
Franklin Morris Arnold, Herburt Stanley Arnold, Clara Grace Ella Arnold, and
Stanley Edward Arnold. Lily and Harry were living in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan
in 1906, and by 1907 they were in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Harry’s
parents and siblings had already been living since 1900. Lily was therefore the
first person related to me to move to Vancouver, and her following Harry’s
family was a key reason. It is interesting to note that where you are born is
due to a series of decisions made by many other people long before you came
into the world.
Harry had worked as a journeyman “printer’s devil” in
Saskatchewan, beginning in Moosamin, where he worked on the Moosomin World newspaper. Part of his
duties included operating a hand-turned press. He joined the International
Typographical Union in 1907, and worked as a printer on various newspapers,
including The British Columbian, The Salmon Arm Observer, and The Vernon News until 1930, when he
turned to full-time farming. In 1911 or 1912, Harry and Lily moved to Salmon
Arm, British Columbia where they had a farm and raised their family. They lived
there for the rest of their lives. Lily was a founding member of the Valley
Women’s Institute in 1922, a local service and charitable organization. In
1932, at the age of fifty-one, she and two other members of the Institute
petitioned the District Council to be able to retain the old abandoned schoolhouse
for their organization. They were determined that they would not leave until
the building was granted to them instead of to a prospective buyer. The
institute was granted the schoolhouse, but it had to be moved to a narrow lot
farther west. Apparently, the lot was so small there was not even enough room
for a path at the rear of the building. Firewood had to be carried through the
hall for storing.
Lily and Harry were not without their share of loss and
tragedy in their lives. They lost their daughter, Ethel Annie Edna Arnold, in
1904 at the age of one, when they were still in Saskatchewan, and their son,
Herburt Stanley Arnold died in 1934 at the age of eighteen of cancer of the
leg. Lily died of a stroke on March 23, 1965 at the age of eighty-three at her
home on Arnold road, and was buried in Mount Ida Cemetery in Salmon Arm. Harry
died on June 12, 1971 at the age of ninety-five of pneumonia, and is buried
I hope that some of Lily’s descendants may read this and
contact me. They are a branch of the family my side seems to have lost track of
a long time ago, and it would be wonderful to reconnect and share stories. I am grateful to the volunteers at the B.C. Genealogical Society Library for helping me to locate two Salmon Arm local histories, A Salmon Arm Scrapbook, and Salmon Arm's Historic Routes and the People Behind the Names.