Helen Robina (Foote) McGrandle was my maternal great grandmother. After her death, her children: Bill (my grandfather), Hugh Jr. and Nora stayed with Foote relatives in Toronto and then joined their father in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, where he worked much of the time as a land surveyor. I have a book of Helen Robina Foote's poetry published in November 1888 which begins: "Dear Readers, At the earnest request of several friends, I send forth this little book, not for criticism, friendly or unfriendly, not because I have any faith or any great belief in its merits, not for these, but merely that in so doing I am, I believe, giving pleasure to those whom I love best." A poem called "In Memoriam" deals with three rapid deaths at home when her grandmother, unmarried aunt Helen, and grandfather all died between September 1884 and January 1885. "No more on earth her voice she'll raise/In the songs she loved to sing/Nor ever again from ivory keys/Sweet strains of music bring."