Edna Jaques

January 17/18, 1891, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

September 9, 1979, Willowdale, Ontario, Canada.

Trinity United Church cemetery, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Daughter of Charles Adolphus and Mary Ellen Donohue Jacques, Edna grew up in Briercrest, near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She began writing verse as a teenager, her first efforts appearing in the Moose Jaw Times. After finishing her studies in the public schools, she moved to Calgary where she wrote a poetic response to In Flanders Fields, which was read at the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC. This vaulted her into the public eye, and the editor of the Calgary Herald offered to pay her way to the university. But she had the travel bug, and instead went to Vancouver, where she worked in a hospital, and as a stenographer and waitress before becoming a journalist for the Vancouver Provinces. She married William Ernest Jamieson, November 21, 1921, and they moved to a farm near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She and her daughter Joyce later to Victoria, where she worked as a stenographer and wrote articles and poems for newspapers and magazines.

In World War II, Jacques worked in a factory for a time, and on the War Time Prices and Trade Board. Her literary circle included Nellie McClung and Mildred Valley Thornton. McClung was instrumental in the publication of her book, My Kitchen Window. By the time of her death, Jacques’ poetry had sold a quarter million copies. Her works include:

  1. Some Blessèd Day

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