Birth13 Apr 1897, 14 Byron Street, Workington, England
Death19 Aug 1995
Burial23 Aug 1995, Woodlawn Cemetary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
OccupationTelephone Operator
FatherGeorge SIMPSON (1860-1910)
MotherMary SLACK (~1859-)
Birth9 Nov 1892, Hartlepool, Durham, England
Death1 Jan 1964
Burial4 Jan 1964, Woodlawn Cemetary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
OccupationTelephone Lineman
FatherThomas AUCKLAND (1858-1893)
MotherAgnes Crosby COWE (1861-1899)
Marriage4 Mar 1921, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
ChildrenMarjorie (-2014)
 Thomas Raymond (Ray) (~1926-2012)
Notes for Agnes SIMPSON
The April to June 1897 birth index lists Agnes Simpson registered at Cockermouth, Cumbria, volume 10b page 625.

Birth certificate states Agnes Simpson, girl, born thirteenth April 1897 in 14 Byron Street Workington, Cumberland. Father George Simpson, Ironworker. Mother Mary Simpson formerly Slack at 14 Bryron Street Workington, registered 24 May 1897.

In 1901 census living at 22 Church Lane, Workington, Cumberland.
George Simpson age 40 labourman (steelworker), born at Park Head, Cumberland.
Wife, Mary Simpson age 42, born at Penrith, Cumberland.
Children Thomas Simpson age 18 born at Burton, Westmorland, labourman (steelworker),
Sarah Simpson age 14 born at Burton, Westmorland,
Richard Simpson age 6 born at Workington, Cumberland and
Agnes Simpson age 3 Workington, Cumberland.

Emigrated to Canada from England in 1910 at the age of only 13. On the way she became lost and was stranded at Portage for a few days. When she arrived in Saskatoon there was no family to meet her as her father had died and did get lost they were at his funeral. The mounties met her in Saskatoon and gave her her first meal.

Listed in the Canadian Passenger lists departed Glasgow, Scotland arrived Quebec November 7, 1910 aboard the Saturnia, Agnes Simpson, age 13, born in England, $10.00 cash, destination Saskatoon, to her father, a farmer.

Thomas William Simpson mentioned in his father’s probate records along with his sisters Sarah Ann Simpson and Agnes Simpson as living at Netherhill on June 4, 1913
Notes for Robert (Spouse 1)
In the October to December 1892 birth index is listed Robert Auckland, Hartlepool, Durham, volume 10a, page 162.

Birth certificate states, Robert Auckland, boy, born ninth of November 1892, Lilly St., Throston, Hartlepool, Durham. Father Thomas Auckland, Iron Moulder. Mother Agnes Auckland formerly Cowe, Lilly St. Throston, registered 28th December 1892.

In the 1901 census was living at 41 Lilly Street, Hartlepool, Durham,
age 9 with
his sister Sarah, age 14,
brother Thomas, age 15 (employed as a general labourer)
his stepsister Agnes Coates age 4, stepsister Annie Coates age 14,
step sister Mary J. Coates, age 18 (domestic servant), and
step father William Coates age 49, widower (Iron Moulder).
The birthplace for all of them was Hartlepool except William Coates Gateshead, Durham and Mary J. Coates Sunderland, Durham.

In the 1911 census 33 Gray Street, West Hartlepool, Durham.
Boarder Robert Auckland, age 18, single, fish curer assistant, worker, born Hartlepool, Durham.
He is living with Charley Hill, Charley’s wife and 3 children.
The house has 3 rooms. [Robert Auckland’s brother Thomas works as a carter for a fish curer.]

In WW I was a driver in the Royal Engineers Reg No. 101200

In the 1918 absent voters list
Auckland, Robert 19 Blake Street. 101200 Dvr, 227th Field Co., R.E.

His medal card Robert Auckland, Royal Engineers, Driver, Regimental Number 101200. Victory medal and British Medal.

Robert Auckland was married previously. His first wife died shortly after or during WWI.

Listed in the Canadian Passenger lists departed Liverpool arrived Halifax, Nova Scotia April 9, 1920 aboard the Canada, Robert Auckland age 27, born in England, widowed, destination Netherhill, Sask., he was a machinist in England, planning to be a farmer in Canada. His nearest relative from where he came is sister, Mrs Lunness, 119 Elleson Street, Jarrow. His destination is to sister-in-law ??? Simpson, Box 6, Netherhill, Saskatchewan.

In the 1921 Canadian Census Section 36 Township 28, Range 21 West of the 3rd meridian, Hillsborough municipality, Netherhill Village, Kindersley district, Saskatchewan.
Head John Simpson, age 34, born in England, parents born in England, immigrated in 1906, Canadian nationality, farmer, Anglican.
Wife Susie Simpson, age 31, born England, parents born England, immigrated 1913.
Son John Simpson, age 5, born Saskatchewan.
Daughter M. Elizabeth Simpson, age 3, born Saskatchewan.
Son Richard Simpson, age 1, born Saskatchewan.
House help Robert Auckland, single, age 28, immigrated 1920, born England, parents born England, farm labourer.
[His marriage date of March 4, 1921 to Agnes Simpson seems to be incorrect as he is listed as single in June of 1921.]
[Also listed as being on the same section was Thomas Flemming and his family.]

Canada Voters Lists 1935
Robert Auckland, telephone telephone operator, Glidden, Saskatchewan
Mrs. Robert Auckland, married woman, Glidden

Canada Voters Lists 1945
Robert Auckland, telephone operator, Eston, Saskatchewan
Mrs. Robert Auckland, Eston

Canada Voters Lists 1949
1137 Avenue K South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Robert Auckland, Contractor
Mrs. Agnes Auckland, housewife
Ray Auckland, contractor

Canada Voters Lists 1957
1008 Duke Street, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Robert Auckland, line contractor
Mrs. Agnes Auckland

Canada Voters Lists 1963
1008 Duke Street
Robert Auckland, retired
Mrs. Agnes Auckland

International Find a Grave Index
Robert Auckland, died January 1, 1964, buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Plot 34A-L111-SH

From a family Member


Robert Auckland came to Canada in the spring of 1920. He had lost his first wife, Lizzie, after a few months of marriage, and had served his country in the WW1. England didn’t hold much hope for the future.

Canada offered opportunity to anyone willing and able to work. Bob Auckland was both. He decided to emigrate to the farming community of Netherhill, Saskatchewan, where his late wife’s sister and husband were homesteading. John (Jack) Simpson, and his wife Susannah (Maise) welcomed family from both sides and helped them get a start in the new country.

Bob Auckland worked for farmers, worked with Jack boring water wells and eventually trained in Regina to be a telephone lineman, shortly after he married Agnes Simpson, Jack’s sister. The job of lineman included maintaining the rural telephone lines, maintaining the customer’s telephones, and the switch board and operating the switch board. While working as a line man he needed to repair lines in the winter, so purchased a snow plane, which was use to take the Doctor to visit patients. He also operated a dray service. Agnes ran the switch board and raised the family

Bob Auckland was an entrepreneur who took advantage of the opportunities as they presented themselves. He took his responsibilities seriously whether family, business or community.

He and Jack Simpson designed and had built the first power telephone pole hole digger in Saskatchewan. They used the same concept as a well boring machine. It was built in Pappawell’s Machine Shop in Eston, Saskatchewan, mounted on a truck and powered by a Model T worm gear rear end. This was a great advancement in telephone line construction. The Auckland crew dug holes for the Sasktel crew. and went on to contract the construction of telephone lines all over Saskatchewan.

Bob Auckland was a successful businessman. When he moved on to contracting the construction of lines, Agnes ran the cook car for the crew and traveled with the outfit all summer.

Most of the contracting was done for Sasktel with a small amount done for rural telephone companies. They did a lot of work and a lot of big jobs on the TransCanada telephone line, rerouted the lines at the Regina Airport and did a lot of phantom work. One of the big jobs was rebuilding the lines after an ice storm, near InterCon in Saskatoon. They spent two summers stringing wire on the TransCanada

Bob Auckland retired in 1955. Ray worked with his dad until he retired, working at other jobs in the winter. Ken worked for his dad when he as a kid, but after he was married he worked for Tri City & Hub City on Richard Simpson’s crew. In 1956 Ken & his wife Edith took the lineman’s job at Plato Saskatchewan. Plato Rural Telephone Co. had purchased Bob Auckland’s Sterling digger, a hydraulic machine.

Bob Auckland had trouble breathing, partly due to being gassed in the war. On January 1st 1964 Bob Auckland passed away due to pulmonary distress, after saying goodbye to his family and thanking Agnes for a wonderful life.

End of article from family member.
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