Findlay

In the old days, we had Cree names for most of the places in our territory. 

We have inhabited this land  for a long time.

Deome Findlay is descended from a large and famous family in Western Canada According to Bob Hallam of Hinton, who has conducted extensive research on the family, the Findlays can trace their ancestry back to a Scottish fur trader named James Findlay, who came to Canada shortly after 1763. He was an independent fur trader, who married a French woman named Christianna Youle in 1765. They had two sons; John and James. In 1766, James went on a trip up the Saskatchewan River. One of the people on the trip was a Salteaux (Ojibwa) lady. They had a son, named Jocko, who was born in 1768 at Findlay House near modern day Nipawin. Jocko worked for the North West Company. In 1794, he was involved in a major battle with the Gros Ventre Aboriginal people at South Branch House on the Saskatchewan River. He was a clerk, who was in charge of Fort des Prairies. Later, he went to Rocky Mountain House with David Thompson. It was Jocko who blazed the trail over Howse Pass, which Thompson used to get to the Columbia region. Jocko settled in the American part of the Columbia region, so Washington State is home to a large group of Findlay descendants.

 

Deome Findlay was born at Rat Lake on the Entrance Ranch in 1910. His parents were Isadore Findlay and Philomene Karakonte (Callihoo). The Findlays had been living in the Jasper Valley, but were bought out and left Jasper National Park about the same time as the Moberlys and Joachims moved to Grande Cache (1908-10). Isadore’s father was Paulet Findlay (b. 1836) while his mother was Therese Gauthier (b. 1839). They were married in 1861. Deome lived at Long Lake, Shining Bank and Edson when he was young. In 1928, when he was eighteen years old, he moved back to the Grande Cache area. Deome served his country during W.W.II. Prior to 1951, he worked as surveyor for both the road and rail routes to Grande Cache. He had a class A guiding licence and owned his own outfitting business.

 

Deome's wife, Rose, still resides in Grande Cache. Rose moved to Grande Cache from Grande Prairie in 1931, with her family; the Charlie Joachims. They lived at Joachim Flats, just past the Blue Bridge. Deome and Rose were married in 1951. After their marriage, they moved to Long Lake, north of Edson. In the 1960’s, the family moved to Muskeg, where they built a cabin. Finally, in 1976, the family moved to the town of Grande Cache.

 

Deome Findlay was a legend among the local guides in the Grande Cache area. The family name lives on in a creek named in their honour. The creek is located on Highway 40, south of Grande Cache.

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