The Girardins of La Salle, part 3

I’m continuing the story of Mémère’s (Emma Girardin) siblings. Maria Maximillian Girardin, also known as Martha, was born June 11, 1885. She was just about to turn 11 years old when her mother died.


Maria Maximillian Girardin

On January 15, 1922, at the age of 36, she married Herbert Heckford Burrell in Winnipeg. Herbert sounds like an interesting man. He was born in India to British parents, his father being a missionary. Herbert served in World War One, and was also a noted chess player. You can read more about him here and here.

I have not been able to discover any details of Maximillian’s life after 1901 up until her marriage. Perhaps she left La Salle to work in Winnipeg. Maximillian and Herbert had one son, Arnold, who became a well-known artist. You can read about him here.

Maximillian, Herbert and Arnold moved to British Columbia in 1935. Maximillian died October 30, 1968 in Duncan, British Columbia. I have not been able to find an obituary for her.

Herbert had predeceased her on March 23, 1956.

Burrell Herbert obit1956
Geraldine Girardin was born April 23, 1887. She was 9 years old when her mother died. One of her grandchildren recalls her mother saying that Geraldine had been sent to an orphanage run by the Grey Nuns.  I haven’t been able to find any documentation on this, but the younger children may certainly have spent some time at a boarding school or convent.  By 1911 Geraldine was working in Winnipeg, as a laundress in a hotel and boarding at 316 Edmonton Street.

On November 14, 1916, she married John Butchart. Here’s a picture, generously shared by one of their granddaughters. What a handsome couple!

Girardin Geraldine b1887 wedding

John Butchart and Geraldine Girardin

John and Geraldine had 4 children, 1 son and 3 daughters. One of their daughters lived with her husband and family on the same street as I did as a child, and I attended elementary school with one of their grandsons. Through this blog I’ve had the opportunity to “meet” other granddaughters, who have so kindly shared pictures and information.

John died April 6, 1957 and Geraldine on October 10, 1969.

Butchart John b1883 obit1957

Girardin Geraldine b1887 obit1969

Here’s a picture of Mémère (Emma) with both of these sisters in 1968.

Mary (Maximillian), Emma, Geraldine in 1968

Mary (Maximillian), Emma, Geraldine in 1968


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