Richard and Olive were no strangers to southern Alberta and especially the Magrath district. Richard came with his parents to Magrath, Northwest Territories, Canada I Apr 1901. Olive came with her parents to Magrath, Northwest Territories, Canada Sep 1899. Both of their fathers had come earlier.
Richard, after a British mission, married Olive in the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, U.S.A. I I Jun 1914. Rosedale Farm was their first home, seven miles south of Magrath, but they left and went to Beazer then Caldwell. They were very active in the church.
The summer of 1947, Richard met with a serious accident, the doctor put a steel corset on him and told him not to lift and if he got cold in his back or had a setback, he could be paralyzed. So 1947 - 1948 saw them in Arizona, where they met Olive's Uncle Hyrum Ririe and his wife Aunt Maggie, who pleaded with Olive and Richard to buy their Welling farm. Richard and Olive, being cautious, rented, buying the Hyrum Ririe farm in 1948 at a real high price.
In Dec 1956, Richard, along with some friends, went to the National Conservative Convention in Ottawa as voting delegation for Lethbridge and on first ballot helped put in John George Diefenbaker.
Richard joined the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and was elected to the Town Council in Magrath and with a delegation went to the Provincial Chamber convention at Red Deer. Their petition to get Farm loans in the Southern Irrigation districts was secured. The loans were increased from $12,000 to $27,000 in the irrigated districts.
Richard and Olive living in Magrath, sold their farm (285 acres) by Highway 5 to "The Kids" (daughter Jane and husband James Waldo Smith and their son David) in 1965. Richard still wanted to work and help
Olive produced beautiful handicrafts and oil paintings. Among the best in the south.
Their 60th Anniversary was held in 1974 at the Welling cultural hall, with the Welling Relief Society catering. A delicious beef dinner was enjoyed by all - again we thank you for that day.
Richard died 3 Sep 1983 at age 93. Olive passed away 7 Aug 1991 at age 99.
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