Canon English recalled sailing with his wife and four young children in March, 1903 as a first-
Tribulation was the colonists' lot in their 200-
Canon English recalled being one of the twelve colonists, "irreverently known as Lloyd’s apostles," delegated to investigate Barr's alleged shortcomings. Bewildered and disillusioned, the colonists were prone to believe every rumour about Barr that circulated through the camps. How to pry loose from Barr's keeping the account books he never let out of his sight, was a little matter that early engaged the attention of "Lloyd's apostles." To state they finally "acquired" them is sufficient for this record. Young English sat up all night going over the books with Nathaniel Jones, another colonist. They satisfied themselves that Barr had been handling at least $30,000 of government money. Barr was issuing cheques on this account. Rumour had it they were worthless, and many of the colonists clamoured for Barr's prosecution. Mr. English and a Mr, Still picked up six of the cheques and took them to Battleford. If the cheques “bounced’ the police were to be contacted with a view to Barr's arrest. All the cheques however were honoured.
Recalling this, Canon English said it substantiated the view he early formed of Barr, that he was a sharp businessman, but not downright dishonest. The colonists, he believed, actually turned against Barr on other and more personal grounds.
The settlement years that followed saw Canon English it the missionary service of the Church at Bresaylor, Lashburn, and Paynton. In the early days his parishes reached south to Adanac, west to Manitou Lake, north to St. Walburg and Bright Sand Lake, each, of which he visited regularly, by sleigh in the winter, and by team and buggy in the summer. Mrs. English, who laboured faithfully with her husband throughout, died last year.
An ardent militiaman, Canon English was chaplain of the old 22nd Saskatchewan Light Horse for ten years, and when that unit merged with the Saskatchewan Mounted Rifles in 1921 he continued as chaplain until his retirement in 1937. His eldest son George was killed overseas in the First Great War.
No needy settler ever went away empty-
Much of the success of the missionary labours of Canon and Mrs. English are traceable to the fact that in every way they shared the lot of those they came to serve, the homesickness, and all the uncertainties and toil of early settlement life.
Further reading: English, Canon W. H., The Last Twenty-
On Lloyd Trail With Barr, Canon English Reminisces
by Mrs. A. N. WETT0N
He was not far from the old red grist mill when Barr colonist W. H. English learned, among other things, lesson number one in the homesteaders primer, “Always put the tail-
Living in retirement at Bresaylor, SK and looking back on 46 years' service in what is now the Saskatoon diocese of the Anglican Church, Canon English concedes that the trials of the pioneer trails paved the way for his life's work in the Canadian west.
His is the story of Saskatchewan settlement, and the contribution made to it by the Church. Its review at this time is appropriate in the light of the forthcoming consecration of Bishop-
He was playing for Hertfordshire in the football eleven at the turn of the century when Bishop Newnham, then Bishop of Moosonee toured the southern English counties to interest young Britishers in the prospects of Canadian settlement.
Head of a private school in Hitchin, Herts, he was already sold on the idea of coming to Canada (he hoped to enter the Church) when in 1902 Rev. George Exton (later Bishop) Lloyd first mooted the idea of a British settlement, to be led by Rev. Isaac Barr.
Forewarned that Bishop Pinkham was a stickler for academic qualifications in any clergy he appointed in his diocese, young English took care to have all his credentials with him for the first meeting with the scholarly bishop that took place in Battleford in the summer of 1903 and that resulted in his appointment to the Bresaylor mission, and his later ordination by Bishop Newnham. In Bishop Lloyd's regime, his service was extended to include various missions and parishes in the diocese. Bishop Hallam elevated him to the office of Canon.