Alex Birse came to Coalhurst in 1911, from a coal mine in Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island. He married Isabel Nisbet in Coalhurst in 1916. They had four children all born in Coalhurst: three sons and one daughter, Gordon is deseased. Isabel passed away in 1955 and Alex is at present in a nursing home in Edmonton. He is 98 years old.
The Birses lived in Coalhurst until the explosion which shut the mine down. They then moved to Shaughnessy and resided there until the death of Isabel.
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