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Former Baljennie resident turns 107

Baljennie News
summer rural scene
Photo by Louise Lundberg

Belated birthday greetings go out to Margery (Smith) Jenny of Edmonton, Alta., on the celebration of her 107th birthday on June 5. Margery is formerly from Baljennie. She and her husband, William Smith, ran a farm in the Baljennie area. They raised a family of three sons and one daughter. Margery was a great gardener and had a beautiful yard of flowers and ran a greenhouse for a good number of years. She supplied many people with her plants and flowers. She was also an active hairdresser and gave hot curler perms to many ladies of the area. The youngest son, Gordon and Jean Smith, still run the farm.

My deep sympathy goes out to the family of Inez Nordstrom of the Battlefords area on her passing July 10. Inez was born in Italy on Dec. 26, 1924 and was 96 years old. She came to Canada at the age of two and settled in the Livelong area. She was a school teacher for a few years. Then she got a job at the North Battleford News-Optimist as a lifestyles editor and columnist for news from areas reporting from the country. She was a wonderful person and was so much help on my news reporting from Baljennie. She was missed by all when she retired several years ago. The funeral service was held at Notre Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in North Battleford and burial took place at the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

The crops are looking so lush and green with fields sporting their bright colours to make the whole countryside look like a huge patchwork quilt.

Gardens are doing well and there have been a lot of pretty flowers in bloom. Vegetables will soon be ready. The early ones have been well used and enjoyed.

We had some perfect rainfalls to keep everything growing. It’s a hard job to keep up with the lawn mowing.

So far we have done well not to have some of the wicked storms. We did get some heavy rain, some flooding basements and high winds.

The haying season has started and some bales are being made to feed the livestock when our winter comes.