Person:Gertrude Swift (1)

Gertrude Ivadelle Swift
b.25 Dec 1894 Saskatchewan, Canada
  1. James Ernest Swift1884 - 1967
  2. Gertrude Ivadelle Swift1894 - 1972
m. 12 Jan 1921
Facts and Events
Name[4] Gertrude Ivadelle Swift
Alt Name[1][2][3] G Ivadelle Swift
Alt Name[5] Ivadelle Swift
Gender Female
Birth[4][6] 25 Dec 1894 Saskatchewan, Canada
Marriage 12 Jan 1921 Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canadato Robert Hartley Johnston
Occupation[2][5][7] Bef 1972 Regina, Saskatchewan, CanadaPiano Teacher, Darke Hall.
Death[2][5] 1972 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Burial[3] 21 Nov 1972 Indian Head Cemetery, Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada

Leader-Post - Nov 25, 1972
Bursary honors teacherS5 by Dorothy Bee

The Regina Conservatory of Music has lost a valued and dedicated member of it's staff through the death of Mrs. Ivadelle Johnston, who will be greatly missed by her colleagues, students and friends.

In honor of her many years of service to the Conservatory, her firends on the faculty are establishing a scholarship in her memory and are inviting contributions from any former students or friends who wish to honor her.

Mrs. Johnson was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Swift of Indian Head, where she was born in 1894, and where she acquired her early education. In 1913 she entered Regina College as a student, specializing in music. In 1916 she became a member of the Regina College staff as a student teacher. Mrs. Johnston received her licentiate fof music from McGill University, Montral, and later did post-graduate work in Boston, Mass.

In 1921 she married Robert Hartley Johnston who had also been a student at Regina College. During the First World War Mr. Johnston was a member of the original cast of the famous Dumbells. On his return form overseas, Mr. Johnston lived in Kerrobert, North Battleford and Yorkton, where Mrs. Johnston taught music.

In 1943, following her husband's death, Mrs. Johnston resumed teaching at the Regina Conservatrory and continued until her death.

During her sixty years of teaching, several of her students attained recognition in the music world, two of whom were Fraser Dana Lordly and Danny Tait, Jim Zinkham, present organizt at St. Andrew's Church, is also a former student.

Her many friends and students will long remember her.

  1. copy by E.F. White, Jr. E.F. White, Jr. Copy of Rhoda Johnston's Records. (July 30, 1938)
    Page 3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Compiler: Ada J Flynn. Johnston Family Tree. (self published, Collingwood, ON, 1974, revised 1981)
    Page 13.

    Piano Teacher, Darke Hall, Regina.;

  3. 3.0 3.1 Indian Head Cemetery, in Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project. (Saskatchewan, Canada).

    Robert H and G Ivadelle Johnston

    Name - Date of Burial (unless otherwise indicated) - plot #
    Johnston, Robert H. 1943 11-18
    Johnston, G. Ivadelle Nov 21, 1972 11-18

  4. 4.0 4.1 Gertrude Ivadelle Swift, in Genealogy Index Searches

    Registration Number: 9802
    Last Name: SWIFT
    Sex: F
    Birth Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 1894 / 12 / 25
    Place of Birth: Saskatchewan

  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Bursary honors teacher, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Regina Leader Post
    25 Nov 1972.
  6. James B Swift household, in East Assiniboia, Northwest Territories, Canada. 1901 Census of Canada. (Ottawa, Ontario: Library and Archives Canada)
    Page: 13; Family No: 123, 31 Mar 1901.

    Name: Gertrude I Swift
    Gender: Female
    Marital Status: Single
    Age: 6
    Birth Day & Month: 25 Dec
    Birth Year: 1894
    Birthplace: Assa
    Relation to Head of House: Daughter
    Father's Name: James G Swift
    Mother's name: Nancy G Swift
    Racial or Tribal Origin: English
    Nationality: Canadian
    Religion: Methodist
    Province: The Territories
    District: Assiniboia (east/est)
    District Number: 203
    Sub-District: Indian Head
    Sub-District Number: B2-1
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    James G Swift 48
    Nancy G Swift 38
    James E Swift 16
    Gertrude I Swift 6

  7. Darke Hall
    Home of the Regina Cons (Conservatory of Music, University of Regina) and, until 1970, the Regina Symphony Orchestra. The gift of Regina businessman Franklin N. Darke, the building, with its fine 578-seat auditorium, was designed by J.H. Pontin. Darke Hall opened 6 Jan 1929, 'dedicated to music and arts and the enrichment of the lives of the people of the city'. Ambrose C. Froom donated a Casavant pipe organ and Dr Hugh MacLean a large art collection more recently housed in the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery. In 1963 extra rehearsal, recording, storage, and dressing rooms were added and in 1986-7 the basement and foundations were rebuilt. Darke Hall has housed performances by Jorge Bolet, Marjorie Lawrence, Nino Martini, Nan Merriman, Jan Peerce, Teresa Stratas, Jean Watson, and Efrem Zimbalist, among others.