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Greenfield Family History, Eaglesham Alberta

The Greenfield Family Website

The life and Times of:
Francis Willard Greenfield
(Frank)
Adventurer - Musician - Inventor - Soldier - Pilot - Loving Husband - Father
Grandfather - Business man - and friend to all.

and Marjorie Grace Greenfield
Beloved Daughter - Sister - Devoted Wife - Mother - Grandmother
Business Woman - Cook extraordinaire - and loyal friend.

Frank & Marjorie Greenfield
Married & best friends for life!
The Greenfield History
Frank and Marjorie married July 1942
Francis Willard Greenfield RCAF
Frank in Regina after joining the Air Force
Frank Greenfield RCAF
Medals from serving in the RCAF
The Greenfield heritage began in Canada near the turn of the century. In 1905, Ewart Greenfield emigrated from Manchester, England and married a lovely lady from North Dakota named Etta Ferguson. Together they claimed a homestead near Long Lake in the fertile farmland of central Saskatchewan and settled in to build a life and a family.

By 1918 World War One had just been won and Canada was recovering from a great loss of men and resources. The following year as the Northwest Mounted Police were being re-formed into the Royal Canadian Mounted Police service, Frank and Marjorie were born on their Saskatchewan farms.

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Grandmother Etta
Frank, Dorothy & Vern Greenfield
Frank, Dorothy & Vern
Marjorie Greenfield on horseback
Young Marjorie
Frank Greenfield on horseback
Young Frankie
Frank Greenfield

Frank & Vern's traveling music van 1937

During those years, most farmers still worked the land with horse drawn equipment, and most houses did not have indoor plumbing. Newspapers and battery-powered radio were the only available forms of media, and live musicians played at virtually every dance. Most country schools consisted of only one room, housing a gamut of children from grade one to high school. The one-room schoolhouses of that era were heated by a central wood or oil stove and often had an attached stable. Some of the more fortunate children rode to school on horseback, but most came on foot. Since there was little cash for hiring workers, many of the older children stayed home during the spring seeding season and each fall at harvest time to help on the farm.


By today’s standards, life in those days appeared to be much harder, but no one complained because at the time this was considered normal. In fact, Ewert and his brothers went to work in the dusty fields each day wearing a jacket and tie. (Talk about dressing for success!) The life and times in and around Gibbs and Govan Saskatchewan and the pioneer stories of that era have been told and retold in numerous books, eloquently described by this generation.


Image Right: Farm girl Marjorie

Marjorie Hampton
In September 1939, Britain was forced to declare war against the advancing Nazi regime in Germany and our Prime Minister, Mackenzie-King, declared war soon after. With our country still recovering from the loss of 60,000 men during World War One, everyone was hoping for a time of peace. Sadly, peace would have to wait as we were now drawn into yet a second world war. By the spring of 1940, out of duty for his country, Frank Greenfield joined the Canadian military. Initially in the Army, he trained at Dundern, Saskatchewan but transferred at the first opportunity to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Completing his training at St. Thomas, Ontario, he joined the 161st Squadron on the east coast. He then served as an aero engineer, flying a Canso submarine chaser throughout the war years from his station at Torbay, Newfoundland.
Frank Greenfield RCAF
RCAF Canso - 161 Sqdn.
In July of 1942, while on short leave from the squadron, Frank and Marjorie were married back in Saskatchewan, thus beginning a solid 40-year commitment to marriage.
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Folks back home continued the struggle on their prairie farms while the children were off at war. Marjorie’s family, the Hamptons, became one of the many to grieve the loss of a child overseas. Their second eldest son, Bill Hampton, a pilot officer, was shot down and killed behind enemy lines. Those were days of meagre hope, looming fear and constant tension as the world was again at war.
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Frank & Marjorie in Montreal

This was indeed a time of great anticipation! A world war had just been won, and mankind for the moment seemed to be free of impending evil. From the onset of the Great Depression until the winning of World War II, Canadians had known little more than fleeting hope and hardship. This had been an era of scant prosperity and the whole country suffered because of it. The war had employed most of the young men and women in their prime, those who would be the next generation of business owners and homemakers. Canada’s slim coffers had been used to fund the war effort rather than building essential roads and facilities needed to develop the Canadian northwest. Now, hundreds of war veterans were streaming back home from their stations across Canada and overseas, full of excitement, hoping to build a new life.

In those years,