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John and Katherine Berte

Our Treasured Heritage-
A History of Coalhurst and District
Page 256
by Verna Hales (Berte)

My grandfather, owned and operated the grocery store in Diamond City from 1917 to 1928. With the help of his daughters and sons, a delivery service was carried out to farm and town residents in the Diamond City, Commerce and Coalhurst areas. He also owned a grocery store in Lethbridge. Horse and buggy were used in those days to carry out the deliveries. My father tells stories of being caught out in blizzards which would blow up suddenly while he was out on deliveries and of having to give his horse free reign to bring them back home because of the poor visibility.

In the years from 1926 to 1943 he and his sons farmed. Farming days came to an end for my grandfather after an accident in which he was kicked and badly trampled by a horse.

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