Lived in Moose Jaw, SK in 1911 census, next to his brother Arthur. From census, records, guessing that they moved there between 1906 and 1911.
There is a Walter Owens (age 31) shown in Oyen, Alberta, living with his life (listed as Margaret), and daughter Zella, in the 1916 census. Zella is listed as being born in Alberta .Also, his wife is listed twice, with 2 different ages (28 and 32). It shows Walter as being unemployed at the time.
There is a mention of him n the November 6, 1919 edition of the Plaindealer newspaper for Youngstown (although his last name is spelled “Owen”, under “Local Happenings”:
“J. W. Owen arrived last week from Oyen to take a position as tinsmith at Sisler’s Hardware.” A.A. Sisler had just taken over the hardware store from C.H. Horsley earlier that year.
Family lore has it the he had a tooth removed by a blacksmith in Youngstown, and died afterwards from lockjaw.
Walter’s obituary from the December 18, 1919 Plaindealer newspaper (Youngstown, Alberta):W.J. OWENS DIES SUNDAYAulcerated Tooth Was the Cause of Death; Funeral Held TuesdayOn Sunday morning at 10:30, the death occurred of Walter James Owens, at the age of 34 years.Deceased, who had only come from Oyen about a month previously with his wife and family, to take a position as tinsmith with A.A. Sister, succumbed from the effects of an ulcerated tooth, which affected his heart. A few days after arriving here he was taken ill with typhoid fever and pneumonia from which he recovered and expected to return to work last week. The tooth, however, commenced to give him trouble and in his weak state he succumbed.He leaves a wife and two children, a mother, who was on her way from Arnprior, Ontario to visit him when he was taken ill, and who arrived last Wednesday, and a brother, Arthur, who resides in Alsask.He was a Mason and an Oddfellow.The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon in the Youngstown cemetery. Brother Masons from Oyen took charge of the funeral, a number of them coming up to pass their last respects to their deceased brother and act as pall bearers. The service was conducted by Rev. Holthouse, of Alsask.”