‘The Palace’, 1902, my dad’s birthplace on the Criddle homestead.  The picture below  includes Emily Steer Vane with my two year old father Rupert, and Edwy Vane with my Aunt Thyra. It would be Elise’s last Christmas as she passed away November 2 the following year. A second son, Cecil Ivan (John) was born soon after his grandmother’s death, November 7. 1903. For more information about the choice of the name Rupert for Elise’s grandson read Canada’s History article, Canada’s Warrior Prince. It is an interesting article, unfortunately is not fully available at this time on line.