Frank Laubach, early Regina musician and reference librarian.

Frank Laubach, chief Reference Librarian at the Regina Public Library for over six years, passed away on March 5th, 1923, in Vancouver, where he had moved on account of ill health. But prior to his career at RPL, Mr. Laubach was better known locally in the role of musical pioneer.

Frank Laubach was born in Edinburgh in July 1857 and, following a successful career as a musician (cellist), conductor and music teacher, emigrated to Regina in 1904, where he helped found the Philharmonic Society and established the Regina Orchestral Society(forerunner of today’s RSO) in 1908. He wrote music as well, his compositions including Gaberlunsie, a Scottish Overture and a comic opera entitled The Mystic Light. In 1915, he joined the 68th Battalion, C.E.F. as bandmaster, serving until 1917.

From the Laubach biographical file in the Prairie History Room vertical file:

“The war over, he returned to Regina and took the post as chief reference librarian. Here, according to J.R.C. Honeyman, chief librarian, his unfailing fund of knowledge of printed matter and living men was an inspiration and aid to those who came seeking information…”

The Frank L. Laubach Scholarship at the University of Regina was established in 1990 and exists to this day..


New Prairie History Magazines

Internet Genealogy
December/January 2017
Volume 11/ Number 5

Some articles of interest:

genealogyDOTcoach/George G. Morgan.

Review: Mark Your Family Milestones with Twile/Lisa A Alzo.

The Online Release of Irish Civil Registration Records/Joe Grandinetti.

Finding Family at fultonhistory.com/Sue Lisk.

Get Excited About Your Pre-1870 African-America Research/Diane L. Richard.

Unusual Underwater Family History/David A. Norris.

Found on Facebook: Internet Detection/Robbie Gorr.

All Prairie History Magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


William Trant: Regina's First Police Magistrate

William Trant

The Prairie History Room was recently contacted by a researcher from the U.K. interested in finding information about William Trant, who had been instrumental in a campaign to save and preserve Southwark Park in south London before he immigrated to Canada. Looking into the matter, Prairie History and Central Adult staff quickly discovered that Mr. Trant had been a prominent early citizen of Regina.

William Trant was born in Leeds, Yorkshire on March 14, 1844 and worked as a journalist and author; his most famous work was entitled: Trade Unions: Their Origin and Objects, Influence and Efficacy (published 1884). It was in the early 1870s that Mr. Trant played an active role in protecting Southwark Park in the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe sections of London from encroaching development.

After a successful career as a journalist and war correspondent, William Trant immigrated to Canada in 1889, initially homesteading at Cotham, before moving to Regina where he worked for the Regina Leader, the Regina Standard and the Rumbler Paul Company; he organized the Regina Agricultural Society, assisted in organizing the Children’s Aid Society and the Shakespeare Society and was president of the Canadian Club.

Called to the bar at the age of 50, Mr. Trant was appointed as Regina’s first Police Magistrate in 1907. It was in that role that William Trant has gone down in history, albeit rather dubiously:

“…Three soldiers from the local militia units, caught liberating one bottle of beer apiece, could hardly be
called looters, but nevertheless they were severely dealt with by Magistrate Trant, who sentenced them to 12 months each in the local jail. When the passions of the moment died, all three were released before the expiry of the unduly harsh sentences.”

(from Regina’s Terrible Tornado by Frank W. Anderson)

On retiring from the bench in 1914, William Trant was appointed as Saskatchewan’s first Provincial Archivist; he died at Oak Bay, British Columbia, on September 4th, 1924.

A good friend of George Bernard Shaw, Mr. Trant was also an early member of the board of the Regina Public Library and lived an active and remarkable life.


Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazines

Families: Ontario Genealogical Society
Volume 55
November 2016
Number 4

In Their Footsteps: Traveling the McDermit Westward Immigration Route/Chelsea Ruiter.

In Memory of Private Fred Ambo, April 30, 1917/Rose Imbeault.

Jalna-Ealogy: Did Mazo de la Roche Find Inspiration in a Cemetery?/Robb Gorr.

David Wilson: British Soldier and Early Resident of York/Nancy Cunningham.

Pieces of the Past/Natalie Gagnon.

Once Upon a List: A Loyalist Tale/David Phillips.

All Prairie History magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazine: Article of Interest.

The Fall 2016 edition of Manitoba History focuses on the Great War and contains the following article of local interest:

Shifting Memories, Shifting Meanings: The Nutana Collegiate Memorial Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1919-1930/Eric Story, Wilfred Laurier University.

The article explores the history of the gallery, which served as a Great War memorial. The author is currently working on his Master's at Wilfred Laurier; his research interests is on how the First World War impacted the lives of Indigenous veterans and their families.

All Prairie History Magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


Holodomor: Voices of Survivors.

Holodomor was the Famine/Genocide engineered by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1932-33. In remembrance of this historic event, join us for a screening of Ariadna Ochrymovych's award winning documentary, Holodomor: Voices of Survivors, a 30 minute anthology of Canadian Holodomor survivor interviews (in Ukrainian with English subtitles).

Monday, November 28th, 7-8:30 pm
Film Theatre, Central Library (downtown)

Admission is free.

For more information, please call 306.777.6039 or email: phr@reginalibrary.ca


Regina Branch Saskatchewan Genealogical Society AGM.

The Regina Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society will be holding a potluck AGM at Central Lutheran Church, 2625 12th Avenue, on Tuesday, November 22nd. Doors open at 6:00 pm, followed by food at 6:30 pm and the AGM meeting at 7:00 pm.

Members are requested to bring payment for next year's membership to the meeting.

Guest speaker at 7:30 pm: Greg Mulatz -- Military battlefields in Europe.


Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazines

National Genealogical Society Quarterly
Volume 104, No. 3, September 2016

Featured Articles:

Frontier Research Strategies -- Weaving a Web to Snare a Birth Family: John Watts (ca 1749-ca. 1822)
Elizabeth ShownMills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG

Who was Mariah, wife of Jacob Lasher (1773-1857) of Germantown, Columbia County, New York?
Julie Miller, CG, FNGS

Resolving a Modern Genealogical Problem: What was Rainey Nelson's Birth Name?
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

Thinking about Genealogical Identity
Stephen B. Hatton

All Prairie History Magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


History of Regina's Exhibition.

The Heritage Regina Winter Lecture Series presents:

Rollie Bourassa with The History of Agricultural Fairs in Regina.

Thursday, November 24th, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Artful Dodger, 1651-11th Avenue.

For more information on the Winter Lecture Series visit www.heritageregina.ca


Upcoming RPL Program of interest: Genealogy: Organzing Your Paper Files, repeated!

Due to popular demand, the Prairie History program Genealogy: Organizing Your Paper Files will be repeated on Sunday, November 20th.

We LOVE the thrill of the chase! Later we can’t find what we *know* we have. This presentation deals strictly with getting control of the copious amounts of paper we collect, and getting it organized so you can find, within a few seconds, exactly what you are looking for! Eureka! Hello happy dances, and goodbye dust bunnies!!

Presenter is Pat Ryan.

For more information or to register for this session, please email: phr@reginalibrary.ca or call 306.777.6039.

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