Our Treasured Heritage-
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 289 - 292
by Chuck Conners and sister Martha Clark
Our parents, Charles E. (born 1884) and his wife Sarah (born 1884) nee Shepherd, married in England, came to Coalhurst prior to 1914. He was a Master Machinist in the mine. They returned to England when he enlisted, in the first World World War and served as a Gun Borer. They returned to Coalhurst in early 1919 and he returned to the mine.
He was well liked and respected by the community and was on the School Board from 1930-1935 and also was an Executive of the Miners Club.
He used to sharpen all the kids skates for them (free) and they used to line up at the mine once a week, also, he always helped with the Miners Union treats for the kids'of Coalhurst at Christmas, as well as helping all his friends with their cars.
His whistle was like a curfew to his sons and their friends. Our mother was a well liked, quiet person, whose interests revolved around her home and family.
After the mine explosion in 1935, the family moved to Lethbridge, where dad worked in No. 8 mine until his death in 1938, with mom passing away in 1943.
He was a good provider for a large family who received most or all of their schooling in Coalhurst, but during the second World War they dispersed to various parts of the Country.
Charles and Sarah had six sons and three daughters Thomas (Tom), also worked at the Coalhurst mine, but was killed in a car accident in 1928.
John (Jake), better known as Nigger, was in the army in W. W. 11. and had worked in Coalhurst mine. Jake passed away in 1962.
William (Bill) was in the navy in W.W.11., and resigned the armed forces after the war. Bill passed away in 1966 while stationed in Germany.
Thomasina deceased at 2 months old.
Charles and Sarah also have numerous great grandchildren they would have been proud of and who would also be proud to have known them.
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