Bert was the seventh child of Christopher and Amanda Johnson Nilsson born in Monroe, Utah, 15 January 1894. In 1901, the family moved to Raymond to farm. He remembers, when seven years old, riding horseback in grass that was belly high on his horse. In his youth, he played clarinet in the town band his mother had organized, and worked with his father on the farm.
Marriette was born 22 April 1897 in Bennington, Idaho to James and Jane Wardrop Collett, the oldest of four (but she had older half hrothers and half-sisters in two families, the Collett and Duncan families). She moved with her family to a homestead in Taber area in 1907 and then to Raymond in 1914.
Bert and Marriette were married in Raymond, 3 July 1915. They lived in Raymond at times and at other times on their farm which was five miles northeast of the town. They carried on farming and livestock operations throughout with Bert buying cattle and Marriette with her knitting or crocheting in her hands. During World War 11, she knit hundreds of articles for the Red Cross which were sent to the servicemen. In addition, they owned and operated a garage business and a store and meat market business for a few years. They lived in Lethbridge for a period of time but returned to Raymond and the farm and enjoyed fishing.
Bert died 5 June 1968, while on a fishing trip at Duck Lake, Montana and Marriette died 10 November 1981. Their six children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren survived them.
Their children are Robert Demoy (Annie Bolton), J. Ross (Phyllis Bailey), Jack C. (Pearl Boyson), Keith B. (Verniece Barton), Iris LaRee (Gordon Mossey), and Shirley Blanch (Earnest Frank).
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