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Clinton and Sanford Campbell

Seven Persons - Once Hundred Sixty Acres and a Dream
As the Story was Told

Clinton Campbell came to Seven Persons from Ontario in 1909. He homesteaded the northwest quarter of 36-10-7-4, which was three miles east of the railway section. His brother, Sanford, who had come west previously, and he were carpenters. They contracted and built many of the houses and stores, the Carlson Restaurant and Livery Barn and the school.

Clint was married in 1913. He sold his homestead to Jim Leonard for three thousand dollars and moved to the Welch place and lived there until his brother bought the Sanders homestead. Clint and his wife joined Sanford there. They had three children, two boys and a girl named Mabel. In 1920 his wife died and his parents took the children to raise in their home in Ontario.

In 1924 Clint married Rosetta "Rose" Connelly of Collingwood, Ontario.

Sanford returned to Ontario to live in 1924.

From 1924 till 1950 Clint bought and paid for six quarters of land and rented three quarters of lease land. He owned varying numbers of horses and cattle, did butchering on his farm and sold beef in Medicine Hat and the local area. Both his wife, Rose, and he were fond of animals and spent much time in talking to horses, bulls, dogs, cats and pigs. Neighbors smiled but understood remarks such as: "You should hear my dog sing when I whistle a tune for him," or, "That old boar of mine can talk right back to me when I ask him questions," or "My stallion can count. I bring him four sugar lumps every day, and if I give him only three he fusses about till I give him the fourth."

In 1950 the Campbells moved to the Worrall place and lived there, till 1954. Then they retired to Ontario.

The place, known as Clint Campbell's the northwest quarter of 31-10-7-4, has since been inhabited by Schlenkers (Erwin and Annie went to the Seven Persons School), Bill Hoetmers (Annie, Alice, Stanley and Isabel Bosma also attended school in the village), Emil Thillmanns and his parents, and Ralph Stubers. The original house still remains.

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