David McGowan, Senior

  • Name
    David McGowan Senior
  • Eldest of 12 children, father was a Embroidering Machinest, mother was a midwife
    Moved to Paisley when David was an infant
    He enjoyed playing the accordian, known as the malodian in earlier times
    Member of St. Johns Operative Lodge #347
  • Homestead papers were taken out on 23 Oct 1904 on Section 36-41-14-W4. The family immigrated to Canada in 1905 with three other families: William and Agnes Muir, no family; Hugh and Jane Parks, with their five sons, Matthew, James, Hugh, William, and John; Mr. and Mrs. John Atkinson with their three daughter, Agnes, Cathrene and Janet. The boat left on 24 Mar 1905 for Canada. They where on the boat for sixteen days. Once in Canada, the McGowans took an immigration train west. Once the McGowans got to their homestead, they lived in a sod hut (called a soddy) until the summer of 1910. At this time a new home was built with a kitchen and a living room on the ground floor and two bedrooms upstairs.
    The scottish celebration of Hugmony (which happened on Now Year's Eve) was often held at the McGowan house with many nieghbours there. David would play the acordian and Jane would amaze people with the speed of her knitting. They named their homestead "Pleasent View"

    Usual Residence at time of Marriage
    David: 39 Rminind Street, Glasgow
    Jane: 296 Gookston Street, Glasgow
  • Last Modified: Dec 27, 2013

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