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Family: Hugh Alexander Hastings / Elenora Reichert (F1398)

m. 26 Mar 1906

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  • Hugh Alexander HastingsFather | Male
    Hugh Alexander Hastings

    Born  24 Aug 1881  Elliots Falls, Laxton Township, Victoria County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  13 Jan 1968  Regina, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  17 Jan 1968  Regina Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  26 Mar 1906  Whitewood, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Adam Hastings | F1159 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Alice McDowell | F1159 Group Sheet 

    Elenora ReichertMother | Female
    Elenora Reichert

    Born  24 Feb 1878  Bridgeport, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1931   
    Father  William Reichert | F7451 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Lydia Huff | F7451 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    Gladys Evelyn Hastings

    Born  6 Apr 1907  Rouleau, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Howard Victor Kidd | F1480 

    Child 2 | Male
    James Russell Hastings

    Born  25 Jul 1908  Rouleau, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  2 Sep 1943  Mediterranean near Corsica - presumed dead Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Notes 
    • Hugh Alexander Hastings was educated at Rose Valley S.D. 191 on his father’s homestead near Indian Head, Saskatchewan. He would have worked on the family farm and on April 2, 1902 the family made the move to the Rouleau district. He was granted homestead entry SE20-15-21-W2 with a patent issued June 27, 1905. The quarter was sold November 14, 1905 to Ernest Kissack in consideration of $2,880.

      In 1903, with the same Ernest Kissack as partner he established the Rouleau Supply Company Ltd. dealing in “implements, hardware, crockery, stoves, furnaces, groceries, coal with tinsmithing a specialty”. In 1908 the business was sold to his brother Clarence Beverly Hastings who continued to operate it on a smaller scale as “C.B. Hastings Implements”.

      In 1909 he re-entered a partnership with his brother Clarence and together they operated the implement and blacksmith business until 1915 when it went into bankruptcy. Thereafter Hugh continued alone n the implement business and farming operations until 1931 when he moved to Rapid View near Meadow Lake in North Saskatchewan.

      Hugh Hastings took an active part in the community life of Rouleau serving many terms on the village council. On June 20, 1906 he was one of the 25 charter members of Prince Rupert Lodge 24, IOOF and would serve as recording secretary in 1907, vice grand in 1910 and noble grand in 1911. Later as a member of Regina Lodge 6 he was treasurer of the grand encampment of Saskatchewan. He played an important role in the Rouleau Methodist Church. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Rouleau Agricultural Society “and was a force in its councils”. It was his idea that Rouleau should celebrate July 1st: “because that is the day the hired man has off and everybody goes somewhere”. He served for a time as president of the Rouleau Cemetery Company.

      By 1930 the residents of Rouleau, as in all western Canada, were suffering through the world economic depression combined with the added problem of drought and resultant consecutive crop failures. Rouleau was in the heart of the dried-out dust bowl of south Saskatchewan. At this time Hugh Hastings participated in a government sponsored program of resettlement of farmers from south Saskatchewan to the northern part of the province. On July 12, 1930 a homestead entry was granted to NW5-60-19-W3. Patent issued February 25, 1938 as Grant No. 13612. In the subsequent years he worked for the provincial government on resettlement programs in the region in addition to his farming operations.

      In October 1936 they had a family reunion at Hugh’s homestead near Rapid View. Minnie came from Toronto, Clary and Sadie from Regina, Sam from Meadow Lake. Jim was the only one missing. They spent four happy days together. It would be the last time the family would meet.

      He sold the land in 1946 and returned to Regina where he lived out his retirement, taking casual employment with the Wascana Hotel.

      Hugh Alexander Hastings is interred in Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Regina while Elenora Reichert Hastings is interred in Rouleau Cemetery.

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