22. Frank Bartlett
Frank Bartlett, son of Edward James Bartlett and Isabella Sarah Ellis, was born on January 4, 1891 near Hadley Highstone, Hertfordshire. He followed his elder brother Edward and emigrated from Barnet, England to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada before the First World War.
Laura Bran was bom in Lymington in 1888, the daughter of Charles William and Edith Mary (Penney) Bran. She was brought to Canada by Sir George Perley to serve in his household staff, where she met and married Frank Bartlett. Sir George served in the Conservative cabinet of Sir Robert Borden (1910-1920).
Frank and Laura were married in 1911 and had a family of one son and five daughters (Chart 3). Their son, Douglas, died in infancy during a diptheria epidemic. He family lived in central Ottawa, just a short distance from the family
of Frank's brother Edward.
Frank was employed most of his life for the Ottawa Water Works in various capacities and retired while a foreman. He was very outgoing and popular with his co-workers and friends, often bringing guests home. On one occasion, he came home with the then Mayor of Ottawa, Allan Turner.
Frank served in the Canadian Railway Troops during World War 1, and saw service at Ypres, France. He was a lover of opera and classical music, and an ardent fisherman. His lifelong fishing pal was Adelard Sauve, a French Canadian who also had five daughters. According to Frank's daughter, Blanche, "they did not speak English and we did not speak French but we got along just fine". Fish catches in those days were large and varied including eel (disliked greatly by his children). On one fishing trip, Frank and Adelard were caught out on a lake in the middle of a storm. Adelard was on his knees with his rosary until forced to help bale and pull for shore.
Frank took his family to most ceremonial occasions held on Parliament Hill. One occasion that Blanche remembered was the visit of the R-100 Dirigible.
The family was raised Anglican at St. John's Church in Ottawa, but Frank adhered to the Salvation Army, to which the children were also taken. Blanche remembers that a highlight of the children's lives was Frank's purchase of a new Chevrolet car in the early 1930's. The family sometimes left at 5:00 a.m. to visit lifelong friends (Ernest and Bella Overton), which was over 28 miles of gravel road to Beechgove (Eardley) in Quebec.
Frank knew the best locations to pick mushrooms and would take the family along with him. He also took the family to Byward Market each Saturday, and to baseball games and other activities at Cartier Square.
Daughter Blanche recalls that as the young girls grew into teenagers, Laura waited up for them while Frank tried to keep track of their activities. The girls would often look across a room and find to their chagrin that their father was sitting there watching. Frank died in 1961. In Blanche's words, "Time cannot erase our fond memories of Frank and Laura - each had the best interests of the family first in their hearts."