1979 January V 27 N 1


By Bill Coward

William Howard Austin was born at Souris, Manitoba on November 1st, 1913 to the late Frank Austin and Mrs. Grace Austin who still resides at Souris, Manitoba. He attended Public and Collegiate schools at Souris.

In 1939 he moved to Neepawa, Manitoba and was employed by a farm machine agent as a mechanic. In September 1940 he was employed by the contractor building the new salt plant at Neepawa. In October, 1940 he was hired by the salt company as Storeman and Timekeeper. When the plant started operations in April 1940, he became Evaporator Operator. He married Aileen Poole of Neepawa in November, 1941. In April, 1956 he was transferred to Lindbergh as Production Supervisor. On January 2nd, 1963 he was transferred back to Neepawa as Production Supervisor and was then transferred to the Regina plant as Production Supervisor on October 1st, 1969.

Howard served in the X11 Manitoba Dragoons (Militia) for 26 years and retired from the Dragoons with the rank of Major. He holds the Efficiency Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration.

On November 30, 1978, having completed over 38 years of service and reaching retirement age, Howard Austin, Production Supervisor at Belle Plaine retired from the Company. Howard was presented with a beautiful clock from the Sask Salters Club along with the best wishes of the Regina employees. Since the foregoing went to press we have learned with regret that Mrs. Aileen Austin passed away on March 3rd, 1979. On behalf of all our employees we extend our sympathy to Howard and his family in their sorrow.


On his retirement November 30th, 1978, Howard Austin was presented with a beautiful clock from the Sask Salters Club, along with the best wishes of the Regina employees.