Born 6 Oct 1881, Austin, Man., Son of Thomas CAIRNS and Barbara HOY died 29 Dec 1918, Winnipeg, Man. On the 8 Dec 1909, he married Annie Lunn, born 29 Jul 1889,In Portage La Praire, died 24 Jun 1986.(d/o John Lunn and Ann Celina Snape).

William buried Austin; Man. Annie buried Memorial Gardens, Portage la Prairie, Man. They had 7 children. Russell, Sterling, Jean & Trevor (twins) Elmer, Muriel and Chester. (Also show Wm., and Annie being married 29 Jul 1909). Anna (Cairns) Arrol of New Zealand has stated that Annie had another daughter after William died and the child given up for adoption. Annie re-married in 1939 to William Edward Sparrow, born 1891, died 8 Nov 1968. Both buried Memorial Gardens, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba Canada.



It is with much regret that we record the death of William H Cairns of Emmeline, which took place in the St Bonifice Hospital on Sunday from Sapnish influenza. At the age of 37 years and 2 months.

The Late Mr Cairns was a well known farmer of Emmeline and had resided here practically all his life. During the fall he injured one of his eyes and recently went into hospital to receive treatment. While there he was taken ill and passed away. He is survived by a widow and seven little children; his father Mr Thomas cairns or this town and four sisters Mrs T Collier of Emmeline Mrs T Scott of Vancouver Mrs AJ Lewis of oků. Mrs R Poyser of Austin and one brother Russell Cairns of Emmeline.

Two other brothers paid the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. The funeral was held on Tuesday to the Austin Cemetery and despite the very cold weather was attended by a large number of sympathising friends and neighbours. The deepest sympathy of a large circle of friends is extended to the bereaved in their hour.

1909 the Engagement Notice

Invitations are out for the marriage of Miss Annie LUNN to Mr William Cairns (who recently purchased Mr Steindorfs farm) on Dec 8th at the residence of the bride's parents there will be a dance in the evening and a general jollification to celebrate the happiness of the young couple.

Dec 1909 the Wedding

On Wednesday afternoon at the residence of the brides parents in the presence of a large number of guest William Cairns was united in marriage to Miss Annie Lunn daughter of Mr and Mrs Wm Lunn 16,12,11, Rev Dr Bayne pastor of Austin Presbyterian Church officiated. The young couple are well favourably know in the district and received an exceptionally long list of presents from their numerous friends. The Herald joins in extending congratulations. Dec 9 1909


Mr and Mrs William cairns gave a dance and supper to about thirty or their friend at their house east of Austin on Friday evening last. A very enjoyable time was spent by all present, and dancing did not desist until 7.30 a.m.! The majority of the people present were neighbours, but a few friends went from Macgregor and Austin.



Peacefully,  on  Tuesday 24 June 1986 at the  Lions  Prairie  Manor, Portage  la  Prairie, Annie Sparrow age 96 years, a  resident  of  the Lions Prairie Manor and formerly of MacGregor, Manitoba, widow of  the late William Sparrow.

Annie was born on 29 July 1889 daughter of the late William and Ann Lunn  in  England. At an early age she emigrated to  Canada with  her family,  settling in the Austin district. In 1909 she married  William Cairns  who  predeceased her in 1918. She resided in  the  Orangeville district for many years. In 1939 she married William Sparrow and  they resided  at  MacGregor. She had been a resident of the  Lions  Prairie Manor, Portage la Prairie for the past seven years.

Mrs.  Sparrow had been a member of the MacGregor United Church. She centred  her life around her home and family, she enjoyed working  in her garden and caring for her plant and flowers.

Predeceased by her husband William in 1968, two sons; Trevor of New Zealand  in  1981; Sterling of Winnipeg in  1984,  son-in-law Archie McDonald, daughter-in-law Asta Cairns, two grandsons, one grand daughter,  four  brothers William, Roy, Albert and Jack  and two  sisters; Edith Steinhouse and Ethel Fraser.

She leaves to mourn her passing three sons; Russell and daughter-in-law Millie of MacGregor; Elmer of Portage; Chester and daughter-in-law Martha  of Portage, two daughters; Jean McDonald of  Winnipeg;  Muriel and son-in-law Ernest Duncan of Portage la Prairie, thirty-two  grandchildren,  several great grandchildren, and two daughters-in-law  Mona Cairns of Winnipeg and Doris Cairns of New Zealand. Also surviving are one  brother  Harold  and sister-in-law Birdie Lunn of  Winnipeg  and several nieces and nephews.

Should friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Lions Prairie Manor, Box 610,

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 3B9.

Funeral Service was held in the Chapel of the Omega Funeral Home of Thursday 26 June with the Reverend Dave Eskdale officiating.

Soloist,  Audrey MacFarlane sang "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" and "The  Last Mile of the Way" with Wilda Smith presiding at  the organ. The congregational hymn "Abide with me."

Attending  in  a  group were members of the Ruth  Rebekah  Lodge 32 Portage la Prairie.

Flower  Bearers  were  Great Grandsons: Bradley  Rogders  and Travis Smaith.  Honorary Pallbearers were: Messrs: Joe Lambert, Tom Telford, Bill Morris and Bud Corrigal. Active Pallbearers were Grandsons: Orvil Cairns,  Jim  Cairns, Murray Cairns, Garnet Cairns, Barry Cairns  and Peter Cairns.

Interment  followed  at the Evergreen Memorial  Gardens.  The Omega Funeral Home were in care of the arrangements.

"We love you Mum" "Rest in Peace"


On November 26th Mr William LUNN who was in his 88th year passed away at the Grace Hospital in Whinge. Mr LUNN came to Canada in 1889 and took a homestead at Austin where he farmed successfully for over forty years. He and his wife later moved to a little home at 13 College St St James.

Mr Lunn was a member of the United Church. He was a devoted husband and father and friendly neighbour. Besides his wife he is survived by three daughters and four sons. (Annie) Mrs Sparrow (Edith (Mrs Stenhouse (Ethel) Mrs Fraser, Roy of Vancouver John of Austin Albert of St Vital Harold of St James. One son gave his life in the First World War. There are 23 grandchildren and eighteen greatgrandchildren.

The funeral service was held at Mordues Funeral Chapel on Saturday Nov 27th. The service was conducted by the Rev D Owens formally a minister of Orangeville United Church.



William  Edward Sparrow aged 77 years of MacGregor,  Man., beloved husband of Annie Sparrow, passed away suddenly Friday 8 November 1968 in  the  MacGregor District Hospital at MacGregor, Man., following  a short illness.

Born  at MacGregor, he was the son of the late Mr. and  Mrs. James Sparrow,  early MacGregor residents. He farmed for many years  in the Orangeville district near MacGregor until his retirement to MacGregor.

He  was a member of the MacGregor United Church. Surviving besides his  wife  Annie, are five step sons and two step  daughters; Russell Cairns of MacGregor, Sterling Cairns of Winnipeg, Trevor Cairns of New Zealand,  Elmer  Cairns  of Westbourne, Man., and Chester  Cairns  of Portage;  Mrs.  Jean  McDonald of Winnipeg and Mrs.  Ernest  (Muriel) Duncan of Portage la Prairie.

Mr.  Sparrow  is also survived by three brothers and  one sister; Hubert of Vancouver, B.C., George of Gibbs, Sask., Walter of Tisdale, Sask., and Mrs. Lucy Thompson of Winnipeg.

A  very  largely  attended funeral service was held  on  Monday 11 November at 2 p.m. from the MacGregor United Church for William Edward Sparrow of MacGregor, Manitoba, who passed away Friday 8 November 1968 at MacGregor.

Officiating  at  the funeral service was Reverend  Earl Armistead. Organist was Mrs. Armistead. The church choir was in attendance.

Flowerbearers  were: Isaac Wiebe and Charles  Lambert. Pallbearers were: Rodney Fox, Leslie Fox, George Corrigal, Joseph Lambert, Herbert Borton and Clifford Litster.

Interment  was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Portage  la Prairie, with the McMaster Funeral Home in care of arrangements.