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Frank Bogdan

Our Treasured Heritage-
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 262 - 263
by Rita Bodgan Penny

Frank was born on April 7, 1915 in Grayson, Saskatchewan, the eldest child of Karl and Christina Bogdan. He had five brothers and two sisters.

The early years of his life went along pretty normally for a small boy on a Prairie farm. He got his schooling at the local schoolhouse of several grades in the same room; played the usual childhood pranks; enjoyed wrestling and such. However, with the arrival of the 'dirty thirties' and subsequent economic depression, Frank had to quit school at age fifteen, and go to work, in order to help out at home. The harshness of survival during those trying times helped to shape a man of very strong character.

Eventually, things improved as Frank worked, not only for his father but also for neighbours, and by the time he was a young married man he was able to buy his own piece of land and farm for himself. The next 15 years went well with lots of work to do making a good living off the farm, as well as raising three active sons. In 1960, due to a chronic asthmatic condition, Frank was forced to give up farming. On his doctor's advice, he relocated in Lethbridge, Alberta, where he lived for the next 10 years.

In 1970, Frank purchased a small house from Mr. Jermain Soenen, and had it moved on to a lot which he had acquired in the town of Coalhurst. With a lot of work and fixing, Frank soon had a cozv little home. He lived in Coalhurst for 3 years, thoroughly enjoying his new community life and his neighbours. He was an active member of St. Joseph's Parish, and took a real interest in all the community goings on.

In 1973, Frank moved back to the City of Lethbridge, selling his Coalhurst property to Mr. Bill Hegi.

Frank was a very kind, compassionate and humble man, and all who knew him felt a deep sense of loss at his passing, Feb 14, 1978, following a lengthy battle against cancer.

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