Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We need

We need solid biographical details on this person:

 In 1889, the same year Flewwelling first learned the truth, a well-meaning man threw a magazine onto a Canadian’s bunk at a typically Western horse sales yard in Fargo, North Dakota. “Here, Mais,” said the man. “This is something that will interest you!” Leslie Mais was there to sell a herd of horses raised at his homestead in Fort Qu’Appelle, Northwest Territories (now Saskatchewan). A member of the Church of England, he was an avid Bible reader and talked to others about what he read in the Scriptures. No wonder the man tossed that magazine onto his bunk! Well, Mais read through that Watch Tower, promptly became a subscriber and continued reading that journal until his death in 1924.

As we have it:



 Leslie Valentine Brodin Mais

            L. V. Mais was, according to census and obituary reports, born in Clifton, Gloucester, England, February 14, 1869.[1] He immigrated to Canada in 1888, and with a partner raised horses and Galloway cattle at Fort Qu’Appelle in the Western Territories. (Now in Saskatchewan) He signed his names as L. V. Brody Mais on his breed-book reports. As often happened with Watch Tower adherents, his religion continued to be reported as Church of England long after he left it. Our only record of Mais’ connection to The Watch Tower is a brief mention in the 1979 Yearbook:

In 1889, ... a well-meaning man threw a magazine onto a Canadian’s bunk at a typically Western horse sales yard in Fargo, North Dakota. “Here, Mais,” said the man. “This is something that will interest you!” Leslie Mais was there to sell a herd of horses raised at his homestead in Fort Qu’Appelle, Northwest Territories (now Saskatchewan). A member of the Church of England, he was an avid Bible reader and talked to others about what he read in the Scriptures. No wonder the man tossed that magazine onto his bunk! Well, Mais read through that Watch Tower, promptly became a subscriber and continued reading that journal until his death in 1924. [page 80]


[1]               1911 Canadian Census gives the date 1867. Obituary gives the date noted above.
 

2 comments:

jerome said...

Leslie Valentine Brody Mais was born in the UK in Clifton (now part of Bristol) on February 14, 1869. He emigrated to Canada in the 1880s. However, he was obviously back and forth between countries from time to time. He married Emily Marion Davies in Kent, UK, in 1902, and had five children. Most were born in Canada, but at least one was born back in Britain. From being a rancher, his work changed over Canadian census returns - in 1911 he is in insurance, in 1916 he is in the probation office, and 1921 he works for the school board. His religion is specified as (1911) Anglican, (1916) English Church, and (1921) as Christian. Which suggests that while he may have been a WT reader from 1889 to his death in 1924, any full commitment to the Bible Student cause may have been in his later years. He died aged 55 and can be found on Find a Grave.

Spartan Commander said...

You were mostly correct but Leslie married Emily Marion Edwards