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Heaber James and Elsie Clifton

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Page 280
by Lucy Bedingfield

Our family moved to Coalhurst in the spring of 1937.

Jim Clifton moved here because he needed to find a job. He worked for Mat Raskevich for $60.00 a month. The type of work he did was working in sugar beets, potatoes, and farm work. He also worked for Hewletts.

The three older children worked picking beans, corn, sugar beets, and potatoes. Whatever job teenagers could find during the summer holidays.

Jim Clifton and his family lived at Kipp before moving to Coalhurst.

The family moved from Coalhurst to Granum in March 1943.

Jim and Elsie Clifton had seven children when they moved to Coalhurst. While living there four more children came along. Carl died in Coalhurst, only a few days old in 1941. Son Arthur died at birth in Lethbridge in 1942.

In a family this size the sons and daughters really move around.

Walter Clifton died in the Pioneer Lodge at Fort Macleod in December 1976 at the age of 51. He died of a heart attack after several years of illness.

Gene Clifton did live in Lethbridge, where he worked for the Rehabilitation Society of Southern Alberta. He worked here for about eight years. He died on May 11, 1984 at the age of 46. His death was due to lung cancer.

Jim Clifton, the father died in the Pioneer Lodge in Fort Macleod in 1964 at the age of 70. Death was due to a heart attack. His wife Elsie died in the Alberta Hospital in Ponoka. This was in April 1971, she was 68 years old . Death was due to a stroke. She had been sick for many years because of diabetes. She went blind as cataracts developed before 1969.

The family remembers their years spent in Coalhurst as poor ones because there was very little money for food, clothing, and school supplies.

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