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Caroline Maude Anderson (Chancellor)

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Portage, Wisconsin, United States
Death: July 29, 1975 (78)
Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
Place of Burial: Strathmore, Division No. 5, Alberta, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Walton (Wally) Chancellor and Harriet Augusta Chancellor
Wife of Albert Leopold Anderson
Mother of Clare Nelson; Private User and Adrienne Edith Josephine Anderson
Sister of Myrl Walton Chancellor and June Harriet Carlson

Managed by: Lorraine Bouwsema
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About Caroline Maude Anderson

Three children were born to James Walton (third) "Wally" and Harriet Hamblin Chancellor: Myrl Walton, born in 1888? Caroline Maude, born December 30, 1896 (Grandma Carol) June Harriet, born June 25, 1904

All three children were born at Portage, Wisconsin, where they spent most of their early years. It seems they moved around quite a lot; Caroline mentioned having also lived at Milwaukee, where she attended school, Madison, Green Bay, and Chicago. Evidently Wally did not settle to any one kind of work for long. In addition to the census listing him as a lawyer, he is purported to have been a justice of the peace, a publisher, storekeeper and postmaster.

As a child, Caroline lived most of her childhood in the closeness of a small town type of community, with relatives close by. She spoke of numerous cousins she remembered. When June was born and afterward, Harriet was not well, and both she and June nearly died. Because of various family circumstances, Caroline went to live with her father's sister, Hattie (Harriet Chancellor), who was by this time married to a fairly prosperous gentleman by the name of George Chase. They had a large house and no children. Caroline went to live with them for a year, perhaps longer. Her aunt and uncle were strict but kind. They very much wanted to adopt her, but of course her parents did not want the situation to be permanent. At that time the Chases provided Caroline with privileges her parents could not afford such as piano lessons, at which she learned enough to be quite proficient. When her pieces were well‑prepared, she was permitted to play them on the grand piano in the teacher's house‑‑a very special privilege. She had a beautiful touch, and even in later years had very nimble fingers which could play some very rapid pieces, with long chromatic runs. They gave her a bicycle‑a luxury in those days‑‑and a horse to ride. They also gave her a gold watch that hung from a chain, with the initials "CMCC" engraved on it. They called her "Caroline Maude Chase Chancellor' and wanted her to retain the "Chase" as part of her name. She did, in memory of them, except on legal documents, and always referred to her name in that way.

Caroline recalled a tale about one time when she was scolded by her aunt. Impudently, she stuck out her tongue at her aunt's back. Her aunt, without turning, said, "Don't you stick out your tongue at me, young lady." Caroline never did know how she knew‑whether through a reflection in a mirror or picture, or simply intuition that it would have been her reaction.

In later years, Caroline and June used to laugh a lot together, particularly when they reminisced. They spent a lot of time together until the family moved to Penticton. They had an uncanny way of knowing what the other was thinking. Time and again one would say what the other was just thinking of commenting. Both recalled one time when they were just sifting, and one turned to the other and said, "Shut up." The other hadn't said a word. They both burst out laughing, because although she hadn't said anything, the other knew what she was thinking! It struck them as funny. Both were great readers, loving many of the same books.

When Caroline was around 14 years old, her family moved to Spokane, Washington. Wally was in poor health, probably already ill with the cancer that was to take his life in 1912. Evidently it was suggested that the climate "out west" might benefit his health, so they moved first to Spokane. It was here that he introduced his daughter Caroline to good literature and the use of the public library. He encouraged her to take the streetcar across town to choose her books weekly. Isn't it interesting that all three of her children learned to love to read as well! A good habit modelled, taught and learned by the next generation.

While they were in Spokane, a friend wrote Wally from Canada, telling about all the homestead land available and urging him to come. Wally went first to Malakwa, B.C., near Revelstoke, and staked a claim, and then went back and brought his family to Canada after about a year in Spokane, Wally and Myrl built a house or living quarters behind a storefront, but the store was not a great success because it was on the homestead and not near the main population at Malakwa. June seemed to remember that the house was somewhat lopsided, due to the fact that they were not experienced builders! It must have been something of a "culture shock" to move to this isolated community, though June was only about seven and probably would have adjusted easily, and Harriet herself grew up in a similar frontier situation. The difference between the prosperous Chase household and the frontier homestead in Malakwa would have been great for Caroline, but Adrienne didn't recall ever hearing a word of criticism concerning the move, probably because Caroline idolized her father.

Caroline was always close to her father, and worked outdoors with him. His pet name for her was "Murphy," ‑a name which in those days apparently had the connotation of "hired hand" or "right‑hand man." (The nickname was picked up by her husband, and Adrienne didnt remember him ever calling her anything else.) Because they lived in a backwoods area where bears were not unknown, Wally taught her how to shoot a gun, which seems surprising to anyone who knew her in later years. Caroline talked of walking the railway track to get the mail at the post office. Wally was becoming progressively more ill with cancer, and died in Revelstoke in 1912, within a year of moving to Canada. For some reason Harriet was not able to stay to prove the claim (involving a residence of a certain length of time and certain improvements to the land), so she lost the homestead.

After Wally Chancellor died, the family moved to Revelstoke, and Harriet Chancellor worked as a housekeeper. Carol was 16, which meant she had to end her schooling and get a job instead. She was a marvelous student with a keen mind. June always though it was a tragedy that she was unable to continue her studies. Her reports show her grades as always being in the high 90's. Her grammar was always exact and she made sure Adrienne understood such sentence construction as "are these they?" She helped Albert considerably as well, and was probably instrumental in assisting him so he could handle the great amount of paperwork his job required. Carol was fond of poetry, and would dip poems from papers and keep them in her Bible. She also liked "nonsense" poetry, such as a verse Adrienne remembers her quoting: "Am she gone, and are she went‑ Have she left I ll alone? Can I never go to she? Can she never come to me? It cannot was I"

To obtain her first position, Carol wrote to the family with the largest house in Revelstoke. Before she could do that, however, she cleaned silver for a neighbor in order to earn money to buy stamps to mail the letter and offer her services. She helped care for children, and worked at that home for a number of years, probably until her marriage. She learned much‑including how to make gravy from the family's French cook. (She passed the gravy‑making technique‑not really a hard one‑to Adrienne, who then taught Lucille and Sharon.)

Carol met Albert Leopold Anderson at a young people's church social, and they were married on July 18, 1917. They had three children: Mildred Clare born October 5, 1921 in Revelstoke, B.C. Joel Beverley born October 3,1924 in Revelstoke, B.C Adrienne Edith Josephine, born March 16, 1931 in Revelstoke, B.C.

Since Albert worked for the C.P,R., they lived in several small towns along the railroad in B.C., where it seemed to be safe to let children have quite a lot of freedom to roam within the town, something quite foreign to us these days. Carol was lame with arthritis for much of her life, and her children, it seemed, often made their way around town by themselves. Carol's mother, Harriet Chancellor, lived with the family in Revelstoke and then Penticton for three years during the 1930s, as she was a widow and considered a dependent of Albert. Adrienne remembered "Grandma Chancellor teaching her to wash out her doll's clothes in the bathroom sink. During a visit back to Revelstoke, she became ill with diabetes and had to be hospitalized with constant care. She fixed her hospital room up with her own things, and was much loved by the nurses there before she died and was buried next to her husband Wally in the Revelstoke Cemetery.

For a time, Carol was a member of the W.C.T.U. (Women's Christian Temperance Union), an organization that attempted to "keep Canada dry" of alcohol, Adrienne and the other children of members were called "little white ribboners." Imagine the mortification of both her mother and their hostess when, after having been served homemade root beer on a visit to a neighbor, "Granny Cavanaugh," Adrienne called back down the road, "Thanks for the beer, Mrs. Cavanaugh, thanks for the beer!

Adrienne commented on her mother's imagination and sense of fantasy, no doubt fueled by reading scares of books. when she was eight. She said she should have been a writer of children's books. During an illness with scarlet fever Adrienne was very sick and confined to bed for weeks Her mother would lie down with her on the bed, look at the rectangles made on the ceiling by the plywood and‑lath‑strips and pretend they were doors to fantasylands. Carol would then tell adventure stories about the animals or fairies or gnomes that lived behind the "doors." She also baked and brought her fancy little cakes in Adrienne's doll cake pans. It wasn't until years later that Adrienne found out that her mother and baked a big cake and cut it to fit the miniature pans, and Carol shouted with laughter when she :discovered she had fooled her daughter.

Carol was an avid knitter, and it was a good way to keep occupied when she couldn't get around easily. She knitted for children's clothing shops, and for her family. A few specimens of her bulky‑knit children's sweaters still exist.

Carol was a real prayer warrior and entered her prayer requests in a journal or diary, praying unceasingly for her family, especially. A big concern of hers was her unsaved husband. She impressed upon Adrienne at a young age the importance of praying for Albert's salvation, and never doubted that he would someday come to the Lord.

A story related by Adrienne is bittersweet, one that is both puzzling and admirable. In the mid‑1930's L. E. Maxwell of Prairie Bible Institute came to Penticton to hold meetings. After some kind of appeal, Carol made a pledge, whether for missions or the school we don't know. She had been tithing, about that time, Albert, who was not yet a Christian, decided there would be no more tithing of his money. Carol had made her pledge, but money was tight due to the depression. What to do? She finally concluded that the only thing she could do would be to send her engagement ring ‑ the only thing she could think of that she had of value‑‑off in payment. So she did. Not many of us today would think that was a viable option. but she had made her pledge and to her, at that time, it seemed the only option. Wise or not it was done‑given in a spirit of sacrifice, but Albert was hurt and for many years was very bitter against Maxwell.

Albert and Carol never owned a car, but they frequently travelled by train with their C. P.R. pass, and so were able to to see their family living out‑of‑province. At retirement, they lived in Kelowna, It was there that they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1967 with all their family visiting them.

A move was made to Calgary, and then to Strathmore, Alberta, to be closer to the family. Now an apartment just across the street from the elementary school became home. Carol died on July 29, 1975, and was buried in the Strathmore cemetery. Her grandson, Lloyd, sang at her funeral in the Strathmore Alliance Church.

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Caroline Maude Anderson's Timeline

December 30, 1896
Portage, Wisconsin, United States
October 5, 1921
Age 24
Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada
March 16, 1931
Age 34
Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada
July 29, 1975
Age 78
Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
Strathmore, Division No. 5, Alberta, Canada