Henry M. Brocklebank came from Bruce County Ontario to the High River district in the spring of 1899.
He worked at Gladys Ridge and for George Ward who owned the Philip Bice farm. Mr. Ward wanted to sell his homestead and pre-emption for $2000.00. Henry had some money in Ontario and wrote his family for it. As he was only 26 years old they didn't think he should be making wild investments in a new country and did not send the money. He and his brother Wyatt then homesteaded on sec 2-19-1-6 the present home place of James Wyatt. They ranched there till 1906 when they sold to Francis Noble and his sons John and Tom. The same year he purchased three-fourths of see 6-19-1-5 from Mr. Cameron and his sons John and Lyonal which they had homesteaded. To his new home that year he brought his bride Adelaide Turner of Dinton.
In 1925 they rented sec 6-19-1-5 to Joe Hurst and the W@ of 5-19-1-5 to Edward Netzke, this land was later farmed by David Wedderburn. Clayton Good and Grant Irving rented the E l/2 and SW 1/4 of 11-19-1-5 and the W I/2 of the W I/2 of sec 12-19-1-5.
The Brocklebanks then moved to what was then known as the George Blake homestead across from the "Polo Field" present home of Robert Eason.
Henry was a great lover of horses and raised Clydesdales and Hackneys and later purebred Percherons. He was instrumental in helping with the building of both the Upper and Lower Tongue Creek Churches and the Windy Hill School and was for a number of years a trustee of the school. He also served a number of years as councilor of the sheep creek municipality.
He passed away suddenly in 1933 Mrs. Brocklebank who was always active in community work lived to ninety-one and passed away in 1968.
They had four children Myrtle, Adelaide, Dan, and Robert Henry (Harry).
Adelaide was a school teacher who started school at Highwood school and later taught at it. She married Thomas Stanley and they have twin sons. She passed away in 1961.
Dan got his education at Highwood, Windy Hill, and High River High school. In 1939 he married Mildred MacDougall and in 1944 they sold the Blake homestead and moved to the Charles Elliot farm W 1/2-13-19-1-5. In 1963 they formed a company "Brocklebank Ranch Ltd." with their three sons
OBITUARY from “The Calgary Herald”
BROCKLEBANK - Eva Mildred Brocklebank, of High River, Passed away at the High River Hospital on December 23, 1999 at the age of 90 years. Mildred is survived by her sons, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Daniel on July 31,1987, her sisters, Jean Stephenson in 1988, Mary Macdougall in 1991 and Margaret Draayer in 1994, and her brothers, Clare MacDougall in 1919, Douglas MacDougall in 1958 and Roderick MacDougall in 1988. Funeral Services will be held at the High River United Church, on Monday, December 27 at 2:00 p.m., the Reverend David Robertson officiating. Interment will follow at Highwood Cemetery. SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD.(652-2222) Directors
Harry joined the RCAF in 1941 and served as a physical instructor. After the war he took over Sec 6-19-1-5. In 1945 he married Lois Matkin and they have two sons. Harry passed away suddenly at his home Dec. 28, 1954 at the age of thirty-six.
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