Sunderland Family, 1864-2000

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Sunderland Family, 1864-2000

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Charles William Sunderland was born in Hereford, England on March 13, 1864 to Joseph and Susan (Pearce) Sunderland. As a young man, Charles Sunderland was a merchant seaman before immigrating to North Dakota. It was there that he met Elizabeth Victoria Stewart. Charles and Elizabeth Sunderland were married on March 1, 1893.

Between 1894 and 1903 Charles and Elizabeth Sunderland had six children: Susan, Wilfred, Lewis, Evelyn, Pearce, and Cleve. In September 1904, the family moved by train from North Dakota and settled in Tyvan, Saskatchewan. The original destination for the family was the village of Osage, however the rail line had not yet been constructed to that village. The Sunderland family first lived in a tent, and then moved into their newly constructed house in the village. Charles Sunderland was one of the first seven male settlers in Tyvan and with Elizabeth and the children, the first family to settle there. Six more children were born between 1907 and 1918: Margaret, Constance, Charles, Beatrice, Ethel and Nanton. Elizabeth Sunderland died on August 13, 1933.

Upon moving to Tyvan, Charles Sunderland built and operated a business and managed the Tyvan Lumber Company. On August 4, 1908, he was appointed Post Master for the Village of Tyvan. Along with his duties as Post Master, he was the agent for the Great West Coal Company. Daughters Susan, and later Beatrice, assisted their father in the post office. Sunderland served as Post Master until his death while at work on December 20, 1943.

Cleve Sunderland was born on June 19, 1903 and was an infant when his family settled in Tyvan. He served in the Second World War. Cleve Sunderland never married. He died on August 26, 1972.

Beatrice (Tootie) Sunderland took over as Post Mistress of the post office in Tyvan temporarily after her father's death. Tootie married Gordon William Hill of Tyvan on January 21, 1944. Tootie and Gordon Hill lived in the Tyvan area and in Regina. They had two children: Mary Elizabeth and Charles Gordon (Charlie). Tootie Hill died on September 9, 2000.

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