August 19: Dieppe raid; Gracie Fields visits; Rapid City's Frederick Grove.

August 19, 1942 - Five thousand Canadian troops participate in the raid on Dieppe.

August 19, 1942 - 402 "City of Winnipeg" Squadron, made up of Supermarine Spitfire planes take part in the largest air battle of WWII over Dieppe. They earned a Battle Honour for their bravery that day.

August 19 - 20, 1940 - British actress and comedienne Gracie Fields visits Winnipeg. She is en route to Shilo to perform for the troops. (Media coverage.)

August 19, 1912 - All 175 building labourers in Brandon are on a general strike.

August 19, 1948 -Author and teacher Frederick Philip Grove dies.

This poet and translator with a checkered past wrote in his native Prussia / Germany under the name Felix Paul Berthold. As Friedrich Grove he came to Canada to create a new life, settling in Manitoba in 1913. Grove was a schoolteacher, sometimes principal, at schools in Haskett, Eden, Winkler, Gladstone, and Rapid City.

During this period he wrote numerous poems, essays and novels. Most notable was Over Prairie Trails and A Search for America. His autobiography In Search of Myself won the Governor General's Award for non-fiction in 1947.

After a series of health issues, Grove and his wife moved to Ontario in 1929 to work for a publishing company. It was there that he suffered a stroke and died. Grove, his wife and child are buried in Rapid City, Manitoba.

Over Prairie Trails at Google Books
In Search of America at U of M
Frederick Philip Grove 1871 - 1948 MB Historical Society Essay
F.P. Grove Fonds at University of Manitoba
F.P. Grove Annotated Chronology at University of Manitoba

No comments: