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WHITESIDE, Rev. Arthur:

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Rev. Arthur WHITESIDE was born in 1850 in St. John, NB, and grew up in Ottawa where his father, Henry Whiteside was a customs officer.  In 1875 Arthur and his first wife, Julia Hills, went by Red River cart from Fort Garry (Winnipeg) to Fort Edmonton where he followed George McDougall as the Methodist minister. He opened the first Methodist church in Prince Albert Saskatchewan and then in Chater, Manitoba.  His wife died in 1891 leaving him with four children.  He married Henrietta George of Inverness Quebec in 1892 and went back to the Northwest, where they homesteaded north east of Edmonton.  Three children of his first family died, and he and Henrietta had seven children (one dying as an infant).  Henrietta died in 1906 and Arthur returned to the ministry and was sent to Plaster Rock, NB. He was a circuit rider in the area, and his daughter, Kate, went to school and kept house. She was sent to Mount Allison in 1916.  Rev. Whiteside was sent to New Jerusalem in 1918 - his family, Julia (the sole survivor of his first marriage) was a nurse, Barlow was killed in an air crash in England in 1919, Kate was a teacher, St. John was in Maine, Eunice was a teacher and later a nurse, Carleton became a thoracic surgeon, and Joy became a nurse. Rev. Whiteside at age 70 retired to Victoria, BC in 1920 and died in 1926.