© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Brian Bell, president of Heritage Moose Jaw, explains the story of Charles Wilkes on a Heritage Cemetery Tour at the Moose Jaw Cemetery on Saturday. Wilkes drowned on the S.S. Empress of Ireland on May 29, 1914.
Ontario-born Charles Vrooman moved to Saskatchewan and put up a homestead south of Tuxford.
Vrooman, who died on Feb. 15, 1939, is buried in the Moose Jaw cemetery. He lived to be 93.
“He had good DNA,” said Brian Bell, president of Heritage Moose Jaw. “(It’s good) for someone to hit 93, considering you didn’t have antibiotics, you didn’t have clean water - you know you’re really on your own.”
Bell provided history about many headstones, symbolism and the people buried at the Moose Jaw Cemetery on the Heritage Cemetery Tours, including information about Charles Wilkes, a 22-year-old who drowned with the S.S. Empress of Ireland.
The tours run every Saturday in July and August and people are asked to meet at 10:30 a.m. at the 900 block of Caribou Street East gate of the cemetery.
“Anybody who lives in the city needs to do this tour,” said Debbie VanKoughnett who took the tour on Saturday. “This is absolutely fascinating, even if you don’t like the idea of walking around a cemetery.”
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.