John Nickerson Barrus was born on June 1, 1858 in Provo, Utah about the time the Johnson army arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. He was the seventh of eight sons (in a family of twelve) of Emery Barrus and Hulday Abigail (Nickerson) Barrus. He married Alice Burton on 30 Sept., 1890 at Eagle Rock, now Idaho Falls, Idaho. Alice Burton was born on 11 March 1871 in Surrey England. They resided in Irwin, Idaho where 3 sons and 2 daughters were born.
In 1907 they family moved from Idaho to Spring Coulee where they had purchased land. They came by train; bringing cattle, horses and chickens etc. in one car and the family in another, arriving on 31 August. The first home in Alberta was a granary in the coulee on the John Thompson land just about one mile south of of the land they had purchased. A large barn and a three story house was built by John Nickerson Barrus and his 3 sons. The house and barn remain standing to this day, attesting to the craftsmanship and quality of their construction. The original paint, white on the house and two tone brown on the barn still remain. The brand JB can still be plainly seen high on the front of the The house was ultra modern for its time being equipped with electric lights powered by an engine driven generator. A flowing well near the house provided an abundant supply of pure water. John Nickerson Barrus took great pride in in his draft horses, a quality that carried on with his sons.
The tragic flu epidemic of 1919 claimed both parents, John first on 29 March and Alice 4 days later on Apri 2. They were buried in the Raymond Cemetery. This left the children alone to operate the farm and continue their schooling.
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