Wabamun and Area Histories - Alberta, Canada
Hills of Hope by Carvel Unifarm
Hills of Hope Historical Committee
Homesteading in Alberta
An on-line book published in 1976. All photos and most of the
information on this page comes directly from the book.
Frances Thew (nee Cassan) and her brother Harold (Jim) Cassan
contributed family information and photos to the book.
Their story can be found on page 282.....
The Cassan Family lived in Wabamun from 1906 to 1914. They
homesteaded on adjoining land to Rhoda Katherine's parents Walter
and Mary Agnes Boswell.
It appears that the Boswell Family stayed in Wabamun after the
Cassans moved. Walter Francis Boswell died April 2, 1916, age seventy
- six years eight months and is buried in Wabamun. Mary Agnes
remarried - Albert Kruse. She died November 11, 1939 aged eighty -
two years and is buried at Ashcroft, British Columbia
When the Cassan Family moved the house was bought by a Hubble
Family. The Hubble name was well known throughout the area of
Ontario that the Cassans and Boswells had left to come to Alberta. I do
not know if this Hubble Family was also from Ontario.
Deaths in Wabamun , Alberta
According to Harold (JIM) Cassan both his Father and Mother are buried
in Vernon, British Columbia
Francis Edwin Cassan Born January 11, 1879 - died June 27, 1963
Rhoda Katherine Cassan ( nee Boswell )born June 8 , 1881 - died March
I contacted the City of Vernon and was told that Francis Edwin was buried
at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. I could not find any information for
Rhoda Katherine. The grave is unmarked, so it is quite possible they are
buried in the same plot and the plot appears to be a double plot
Section G Block 39A Lot 23
Directions in Gallery
I have also been told that Rhoda Katherine remarried and is possibly
buried in Kelowna - this comes from Janet Page Cassan - Daughter of
Joseph Page Cassan - youngest son of Frank and Rhoda Cassan
WABAMUN is a "Cree" word Meaning "LOOKING GLASS"
Francis Edwin (Frank) Cassan, Born January 11, 1879. The son of
Joseph and Priscilla Cassan. At 22, a Dairyman in Seymour
Township married Rhoda Katherine Boswell, 20, of Hamilton and
Seymour Townships, daughter of Walter Francis Boswell and Mary
Agnes Falkner. Rhoda Katherine was born on June 8, 1881
Witnesses were Ernest Cassan of Seymour and Fannie Boswell of
The wedding took place November 28, 1900 at Havelock, Ontario
|Cassan and Boswell
Alberta land Grants - 28 NE and NW
Francis Edwin's (Frank) Grandfather brought his Family from Ireland
to Canada in 1834. Matthew Sheffield Cassan (Frank's Grandfather)
had been a Captain in the British Military and was awarded a Land
Grant. The Land Grant was located south and east of present day
A book that describes much of the Cassan family's life in early
Ontario is "The Light of Other Days" compiled by W.A. Kingston.
Mr. Kingston was the Publisher of the Campbellford Herald and as a
Centennial project created the book from articles submitted to the
The children of Frank and Rhoda Cassan were Rhoda Agnes born at
Peterborough, Ontario April 10, 1902. Harold Boswell born at
Peterborough, Ontario in 1906. Frances Priscilla was born November
24,1910 on the Family Homestead north of Wabamun. Joseph Page
was born on December 12, 1919 on a farm near Gadsby, Alberta
Rhoda Agnes died in an Edmonton Hospital June 27, 1913. She is buried in
Wabamun in an unmarked grave. As is her Grandfather
Walter Francis Boswell
Map of the Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Vernon, British Columbia
Directions to the Gravesite can be found in the
attached gallery - Cassan Obituaries and Memorial
More Alberta History: -- A link to Francis Edwin Cassan's Family as told by Frances Thew.
From the Bigknife to the Battle : Gadsby and area - pages 218 and 219
The Cassan Family came to the Gadsby District in the Fall of 1918 and lived on a half
section of land about 3 miles east of town.