Etc. -- Demettrius Woodward's 1919 obituary
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A lightly edited transcript of a page 6 article from the 6 Nov 1919 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.

A Pioneer of Regina
(From The Regina Post)

One of the few remaining pioneers who entered the townsite of Regina by Red River cart drawn by oxen, will be buried tomorrow, and the body will be taken to Regina Cemetery by the modern automobile hearse, which presents such a strong contrast to the clumsy, creaking vehicle by which he came. The hearse will pass along paved streets lined with modern buildings, which have sprung up on what was once the bald, uninviting homestead of the deceased.

Mr. Demettrius Woodward died at his home, 2259 Cornwall Street, on 26 Oct 1919, in his 83rd year. Mr. Woodward was born at Port Dover in 1837, 30 years before confederation. His parents were English settlers. In 1864 he married Miss Margaret McKim of Lynedoch, and settled in Port Rowan, Norfolk County. There he followed the occupation of store-keeping and farming.

In 1882, at the age of 42, he came with his brother west as far as Brandon, then the terminus of the Canadian Pacific. With oxen and Red River cart he contined his journey to Pile-o'-Bones, where he homesteaded section 30. Regina townsite was chosen as section 30, and Mr. Woodward moved to 36, 17 20, and purchased the adjoining section, which is now a subdivision of the city. The tiny settlement is now a city, having grown up under Mr. Woodward's eyes.

In religion he was a Methodist and from worshipping in a tent with Rev. Mr. Hewitt as pastor, he saw the Methodist Church housed finally in the present Metropolitan Church building, and spread out with other churches in various parts of the city.

Except for a few years at New Westminster, Mr. Woodward lived at Regina since his arrival.

Mr. Woodward leaves a family of seven children:
Mrs. Grayden of Edmonton
Mrs. Young of Calgary
Ernest Gould Woodhouse of Seattle
Mrs. Hodge of Seattle
Mrs. Taylor of West China
and Olive and Cecile at home.
Two brothers, Hallam and Edwin, live in Norfolk County.

He was a member of the Masonic Order for many years. For the last four years he was able to move about very little, after suffering a paralytic stroke.


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