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Miss Ruby Elizabeth Gleiser
b- May 24, 1891, in Milverton ON
d- Aug 21, 1953, in Estevan SK. of a heart condition.
Family living in Milverton ON, in
Henry shown as a merchant
1861 census shows Henry Gleiser, age 3 in Waterloo ON
Father- Henry (Harry) Gleiser
b- Dec 14, 1858 in Waterloo, ON
d- Feb 18, 1907 in Oxbow SK
Mother- Sophia Gleiser, nee Jacob
b- Dec 25, 1859 in Buffalo, NY, USA
d- Sept 17, 1825
Immigrated in 1881 to Canada
both funerals in the United Church,
both buried in Oxbow Cemetery
Brother- Alfred (Alf) G. Gleiser
b- ca 1882 in ON
d- bef 1964
Buried in Oxbow Cemetery.
He married Minnie Edna Hill
b- 1884 in Clinton ON
d- Apr 4, 1912, buried in Oxbow Cemetery
They had a son Harry Gleiser,
b- ca 1909
He remarried Dorothy Mabel Dennis in 1919.
She was from Toronto ON
They had a son Freddie Gleiser
Alf bought the Star Bakery in Oxbow in 1908.
He later owned the Roblin Hotel, in Roblin MB
He later retired to Winnipeg MB.
Brother- Percival (Percy)
b- May 4, 1884 in Mitchell, Perth Co., ON
d- Mar 26, 1910 of Blood Poisoning
(SK Vital records says he died Mar 18, 1910?)
All shown as Lutherans in 1901 census
Percy shown as a Jeweller's Apprentice
a sister- Erena Gleiser
b- Oct 18, 1880 South Easthope, Perth Co. ON
not with the family in 1901
Grandfather- George Gleiser,
Grandmother- Catherine Gleiser, nee ?,
Sophia's Father- Frederick
Jacob, b- Germany
Mother- Sophia Jacob, nee ?, b- US
Henry Gleiser lived in
when he married Sophia Jacob,
Jan 21, 1880 in Shakespeare, Perth Co., ON.
He was a Councillor of
Milverton ON, 1891-1893
One article says her name was
but this is the only source of that name.
the Central School history book
quotes the Mercury saying she was born in 1893 in Milventon MB.
They probably should make a movie of this woman's
She was pretty amazing!
Tougher than most men, and tackled every job,
and never failed in one.
She was the First
Woman in Saskatchewan,
to have a licence to operate
a Movie Picture Projector.
She owned the Delight Theatre in Estevan.
Every Saturday night she loaded
a spare projector in her car,
and went to Macoun to show movies.
As well she was the First Woman
in Saskatchewan to have
a Chauffeur Licence.
She operated a 5 cent fee taxi service.
She was elected President
of the Rebekah Assembly of Sask. in 1929
In 1936, in New York, became President of the
of Rebekah Assemblies.
She received the highest award in the order,
the Declaration of Chivalry.
She was born May 24, 1891.
Newspaper article in 1936, says May 24, 1893?
(May 1891 in Ont., in 1901 census)
(May 1891 in Milverton in 1911 census)
1891 in IGI
Definitely born in Milverton, ON.
Moved west when she was 8 years old.
Actually it was in 1900 they moved.
Settling first in Brandon where her father
was a Commercial traveller for Ramsay and Company.
Living with her Father and Mother,
Henry (Harry) and Sophia Gleiser
in Brandon MB. in 1901.
In 1904 they moved to Oxbow SK.
Her father owned the Palace Hotel
1904 and Aug 14,1907, in Oxbow.
The fire on Aug 14, 1907 almost
wiped out Oxbow down town.
Henry (Harry) then built the Alexandra Hotel,
sent to me by Mr. Robert Shanks
of Pittsburgh, PA, with thanks
Original will be donated to Oxbow Museum
Harry operated the
and Mar 9, 1919- Feb 18, 1927,
also in Oxbow.
Henry died Feb 18, 1927,
and then Ruby owned the Hotel,
Her brother Percy was the Jeweller in Oxbow,
with a store in the Hotel.
She learned that trade from him, as well,
and even managed the store for a year,
after her brother passed away.
She was in business before she was the age of 20.
She worked for Stokes Jewellery store in Estevan.
ca 1908-1910, She played hockey in Oxbow,
as well as clarinet in the ladies band, in Oxbow.
She was also a saxophone soloist
with the Estevan Band
on a western Canada tour.
She also played the violin.
She also was an excellent shooter.
When she was 11 or 12 her Dad taught her how to shoot ducks.
She became one of the best shots in Saskatchewan, man or woman.
She was an adept artist,
painting in oils.
At the 1935 fall exhibition of
the Estevan Horticultural society,
her garden entries walked off with 32 of the 45 prizes.
In 1933 she took a woman's
to the Saskatchewan Bonspiel in Regina
and won 16 straight games!
She worked for a year learning
the newspaper business at the Estevan Mercury.
By 1936 she owned 17
and never had one minor accident.
She worked for the
Souris Valley Creamery for many years.
Became its Manager for 17 years.
In 1933 she bought the Dairy.
In 1936 she was its Manager.
She owned the Estevan Dairy.
She was a member of the Estevan
Board of Trade.
She was on the Executive
the Provincial and Federal Liberal parties.
She belonged to the Young Ladies Club,
the I.O.D.E., the United Church,
and she was also President of the Estevan
died Aug 21, 1953 in Estevan.
Her funeral was in Estevan.
She is buried in the Oxbow Cemetery,
Where her parents are buried.
She lived for
with Miss Helen Rattray,
a long time school teacher at ECI.
4 doors west of 1313 2nd St.
on the north side of the street.
I quote from an old newspaper
article about her life
"Her record of achievement, makes most of us wonder
what on Earth we've been doing with our lives."
A truly amazing woman!