Dad came from Butte, Montana to Inisfail in 1898 and bought land,and returned to Butte to work in the smelter. In the spring of '99 he bought harness, etc. and headed for Innisfail. It was a late spring and his land was covered with snow. He stayed a few days with a neighbor, living on potatoes, only; He sold his land and went back to Butte. In 1901 he bought a ticket for Lethbridge for $16.00, and looked for land in the Okotoks district 1/2 mile west of the Shell Service Station north of the town, which he bought.
Mrs. Arnold and daughter Ethyl arrived in 1904.. Ethyl went to school in Okotoks one of her teachers being Jack McIntyre who owned the land now farmed by Mrs. Eileen Moore. In 1905 mother and dad filed on a quarter near '6 Corners' and on which he lived to the end of his life.
They did most of their trading in Okotoks and on one of their trips mother bought a pig, bringing it home in a box at their feet. On the road they met some people they knew were above such things as having a pig along, so she kept busy trying to keep it quiet so no one would know it was there.
Prairie fires seemed to be the topic of the day; people camping out and leaving their fires burning.
Ethyl was still going to school in Okotoks, paying $5.00 per month for board and having to do housework besides.
In 1906, Sky Glen school opened, seven miles away so she went there; Tom McKee was a teacher, brother of George McKee. Big Hill school was opened in 1908, it being only five miles away, so she changed again; Miss McLean was the teacher. In 1909 she went to High River where board was $15 and $20 per month. She claimed she learned more from Miss Kelly than any other teacher.
Isaac Arnold came in 1904 and bought land west of Okotoks but he sold in 1905 and came to East Longview. He also owned the quarter cornering where the Windy Hill school used to be. By this time I had arrived on the scene and when old enough used to like to ride home with Uncle Ike and batch. Mother used to bake his bread for him as she did a number of the bachelors; each one would bring their flour and the sacks were labelled so each man got bread made from his own flour.
Henry Arnold's first place was north of '6 Corners' then he homesteaded west of Longview. Dick Dayment's father bought the place.
Ethyl married Lawrence Gier who owned a garage in Calgary and they had one daughter. Ethyl passed away in 1969.
My mother, Mrs. Arnold, passed away in 1925, and dad in 1941.
Uncle Jim came out about 1909 and had land at Big Rock but as there were no buildings he lived in the old Quorn Ranch buildings. He later rented Isaac's place the latter moving to Foremost, Alta.
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