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Wyatt Brocklebank and
Mabel Woods Brocklebank

Tails and Trails
- A History of Longview and Surrounding Area
by Erl Brocklebank

My father, Wyatt Brocklebank, was born near Georgetown, Ontario, of a family of three boys and two girls. Later moved near Walkerton, Ontario. Dad received his public and completed his High School education here.

Brother Henry came West to Okotoks in late fall of 1899 and Wyatt joined him in early 1900. They filed on joining homesteads; S. E. & S. W. 1/4 Sec. 22, Twp. 19, R.2 W.5th, and built a shack which is now Jim Wyatt's home place.

The brothers worked hard breaking and dealing in horses and cattle; putting up hay, also butchering and peddling beef. They acquired more land through the years. Ed Marston helped them one winter and Dad moved some of Ed's belongings west on the Highwood next to the Forest Reserve in 1902. The Homesteaders had different work bees as building the Upper Tongue Creek Church; helped neighbors during sickness, etc., and enjoyed many good times together. One of the early student missionarys was Rev. Thomas Powell, father of Rev. Dwight Powell who was Pastor in Nanton for several years. They sold out their holdings in 1906 to Francis Noble, grandfather of George Noble, who paid them off in gold.

Dad helped Henry and his bride get started on their own place where Bud Wyatt now lives. My father took Typhoid fever that fall and was sick in the Holy Cross Hospital until Spring. He lived in Calgary; painted the first Y.M.C.A. building; worked at carpenter work, etc.

Father married Mabel Woods, down East, on Jan. 8th, 1908. She was born near Hanover, Ontario, in 1878. They set up house-keeping in Calgary, starting in the Coal and Wood business. The Office was at 313 - 10th Ave. W., Sold out and was in Real Estate for several years; building a house at 1410 - 8th Ave. East and the house is still standing. Both were very active in the Methodist Church; helped collect for Trinity M. which is now Trinity United Church. Took a real interest in the following lodges:- Oddfellows, Rebekahs, Eastern Star, Masons and the Forresters.

They moved to ranch at Lone Butte, 28 miles S.W. of Hanna, in March 1915 and sold out in March 1917. The Place is now used by the Calgary Stampede Board for their horse ranch. They were going to the West coast but a friend in Calgary suggested there was a nice place at High River for sale. In June 1917, they bought the farm of Louis Opel on Sec. 27-Twp.18-R.29 W.4th and in 1930 purchased the Shorty McLaughlin land adjoining the town of High River on the south side. Through the years they modernized the house and landscaped the yard with beautiful flowers and trees; also planted two miles of trees around the farm. Dad farmed and had pigs, registered sheep and cattle. Used horses for power but started using tractors too. They took an interest in community affairs: Methodist - later the United Church, U.F.A., Farm Co-Ops, Wheat Pool, Grain Clubs, etc.

Erl, an only child, was born at home and was educated in High River and Calgary. He married Doris Zelmer in June 1946. Doris died of cancer in 1961. There were no living children. Erl later married remarried and has three children.

We owe a great deal to Father and Mother for locating in a fine Community, a nice town and a beautiful part of the country to live and raise a family.

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