Thomas was born March 25, 1885, in Gate of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. His father was a fisherman and was lost at sea when Tom and his two brothers were very young. They lived so close to the sea that occasionally the sea came into the house at high tide.
He came to Canada in 1906, and worked for Mannix Road Construction in Ontario. He drove mules that knew the time better than the foreman, and they refused to work overtime, either at noon or quitting time. In about 1907 he joined the R.C.N.W.M.P. but only put in a three year term because he didn't like all the paper work. He then went to farming at Scollard, near Drumheller.
He was still farming there when he married Frances Jane McCubbin in May, 1916. She was born in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire also in 1885 and arrived in Calgary to be Tom's bride the day before the wedding. While farming at Scollard for many years, they had two children, a son and a daughter.
Early in 1926 they moved to a quarter section of raw land, NE 15-9-22, where they farmed for many years. Tom raised quite a few chickens and had many customers for his eggs in Coalhurst. He loved to have a few minutes to spare to chat with his many friends. He had many interesting experiences in his life, and it was always a pleasure to sit and listen, as Tom lit his pipe, and unfolded one of his many stories. He grew beets for a few years in the early thirties, and later switched to grain, hay and milk cows. The two children got all their education at Coalhurst.
Mr. Thomas Beattie passed away in January of 1953, and his wife lived with her daughter at Fort Macleod until June 1963 when she passed away. While the Beattie family lived in Coalhurst the home always had the welcome mat out for all the neighbors, and especially the young people. They will leave a happy memory with us always.
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