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Hugh Nichol was born on November 12, 1938, in the County of Antrium, Ireland. Immigrating to this country in 1854, Mr. Nichol spent some time in the state of New York, where he remained until after the Civil War. Moving to Ontario, where he spent spent several years and where he was married to Miss Maria McKellar, later moving to Rapid City, Manitoba, where they resided for some years. In December 1885 they moved to Bottineau County and homesteaded near Souris, and Mr. Nichol made his home in this county since.
To this union nine children were born, eight of whom survive. Mrs. Nichol passed away in 1903. Those who are left to mourn his loss are S. M., Mrs. John Cameron, and Hugh, Jr. of Bottineau; John of Innisville, Alta.; Dan of Souris; Wm. of Traussick, Sask.; James of Brookings, Sask.; and Edith of Long Beach, Calif. Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church of this city, Rev. Sharpe of Westhope and Rev. I. D. McBain of Bottineau officiating. Internment was made in Oak Creek cemetery, the remains being laid beside those of his wife and daughter. Mr. Nichol was a member of the Masonic lodge for over 15 years and the local order conducted the funeral services.
Hugh III was the second son. He married Sarah Myles, Mary's sister, on 6 December 1899. Hugh and Sarah settled on a claim in Oak Valley Township and farmed there the remainder of their productive lives. More information about Hugh III and his family is contained in his obituary, presented below.
John, the third son, was born 14 October 1875. John took a homestead near Bottineau. The local teacher, Florence Fuller, had the adjoining claim. John and Florence later married (3 June 1903) and they combined the two farms. Later, they homesteaded near Goodwater, Sask. Although, they were successful, the Goodwater area provided neither an adequate high school nor church. So they moved to Innisfail, Alberta, where they farmed. They had six children: Glen, Maria (Milligan), John Clarence, Doris (Walker), Walter, and Earl. John raised thoroughbred horses - Percherons and Clydesdales.
Donald (Dan) was born on 26 July 1877. At the age of 21, he aquired a homestead near Souris, built a home and, later, purchased more land. Dan married Annie Simpson on 10 June 1908. They had four children, Hazel (Bietz), Mildred (Vihstadt), Donna (Kure) and Donald.
William was born 12 March 1881. He farmed in Bottineau County until homesteading near Trossacks, Sask in 1907. Wil married Millie Dyce on 2 February 1910. They had three grown children: Audrey (Parsons), Shirley (Johnson), and Lyle.
James (born 14 May 1882) took a homestead near Trossacks, Sask. in 1907. He married May McNeir on 30 August 1906. They had six children: Hugh James, Calvin, Ruby Mae (Nelson), Ruth, Myrtle (Nelson) and Pearl (Manum). Later, Jim and May moved to a ranch in Alberta, where Jim was a foreman for seven years. They then retired in Estevan, Sask. to be closer to their children.
From the 2/18/1918 edition of the "Farmers Advocate"
"To be presented with a pure bred stallion was a good fortune of the Red Cross Society of Goodwater this week and it is expected that as a result the funds of the society will be increased about $1,200. The donor of this splendid gift is Mr. John Nichol and the animal donated is the well known percheron "Kauton," which has been in the Goodwater district for the past two seasons. The horse was born in 1910 and was bred by M. Lehoux, Dept. of Orne, France and imported to America in 1912."
"Just what arrangements the Red Cross Society will make to dipose of the horse are not yet announced, but it is likely that tickets to the number of 1,200 will be sold at $1.00 each. It is proposed to exhibit the animal at both the Colgate and Weyburn exhibitions."
Hugh Nichol (Family #133), a Bottineau County pioneer' died at his farm home SE of Bottineau, May 31st, after a severe illness borne with Christian fortitude. Funeral services were held June 3rd, at 2PM at the home and at 2:30 at the Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. L. A. Anderson, Presbyterian minister and Rev. I. D. McBain, Baptist Minister.
A quartet sang three
of the favorite hymns of the deceased which had also been sung at the
funeral services of Mrs. Nichol (October 30, 1937). Burial was made in Oak
Creek cemetary where are buried the wife, father, mother and a sister
(Margaret) of Mr. Nichol.
Hugh Nichol leaves to mourn his 7 children: Mrs. Ada Eastgate, Catskill, NY; Mrs. Luella Sobolik, Rolla; Mrs. Frances Laney, Olympia, WA; Pearl, Lawrence, and Elmer, Bottineau and Maurice in California.
December 6, 1899, Hugh was married to Sarah Miles, of the pioneer Myles family, one of Bottineau County's favorite daughters and a district school teacher, who went along with her husband in all that goes to uplift the community and state.
Some two weeks before his departure, Hugh remarked to several friends gathered at his bedside, that "He had not wandered far afield from Bottineau sicne coming hither as a small boy." The smile accompanying the remark betokened that his sojourneying in the county had been well. Right loyally he had stood by through summer sunshine and winter snows. His farm home being the old Duncan McKellar place adjoining the preemption where his father broke his first praire sod.
Today we hear much of the need of "Adventure" for youth and at times we grow a bit bewildered by the organizations and isms thrown around as safeguards. Mr. Nichol found adventure and thrills in the breaking of the rich soil; his safeguard was right living and good honest hard work, together with the enjoyment of the simple and best things of life. His fine farm home and well-tilled soil acres attest to love of family and home.
Mr. Nichol, together with his wife Sarah, took deep interest in education; giveing each of their 7 children good schooling. Mr. Nichol was for the past 35 years school district clerk. He was also school district treasurer and for many years township treasurer; husband and wife engraving for good the name of Nichol on scroll of community, county, state; leaving to their children a goodly heritage and an example of how very fine a thing it is to walk in the right way.
Doris - Photo Courtesy Time Magazine
Doris' love of education - the way she made reading an adventure for
children and helped nurture other instructors - earned her a reputation as a
master teacher, one consulted by colleagues and academics alike.
In April, Doris, her husband (Gary) and several friends flew to New York City after Columbia University's Teachers College named its advanced teacher training center in her honor.
"She was a take-your-breath-away type of teacher," said Randol School Principal Linda Kakes, who knew Doris as a friend and colleague for 25 years. "There are these individuals who spread a magic that envelopes children, and she did." Doris' commitment to education was an inspiration to new teachers and experienced veterans, said Peter Cookson, president of the Doris Dillon Center at Columbia. "Doris' 150 percent commitment to teaching sent exactly the right message," he said. "She loved being a teacher."