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Lawrence Ebenezer Dimsdale

Heritage of the High Country
A History of Del Bonita and Surrounding Districts
Page 316

Lawrence Ebenezer Dimsdale (Dimmie) was bom July 1, 1873 near Barrie, Ontario. He became a teacher, and came west to the Pincher Creek area. He taught school at Pi ncher Creek and Fishburn. He also obtained land at Fishburn.

In 1912 he took up a homestead on part of the N. E. quarter of 26-1-21 -W4th near Shanks Lake. He had a house, built of field stones, erected close to the lake.

He was a keen hunter, and put great effort into obtaining good shooting. His land venture at Shanks Lake was partly due to the fact that the lake was on the goose flyway at that time. He and his friends enjoyed hunting geese, ducks, and upland game birds in the Shanks Lake area.

In 1919 hay was scarce in Southern Alberta, so "Dimmie" sent most of his horses to his land at Shanks Lake for the winter. However, many of them disappeared south of the Canada-U.S.A. boundary.

In the 1930's he sold his land to Ernie Hillmer.

Lawrence E. Dimsdale never married. He passed away August 18, 1946 at the age of seventy-three. He is buried beside his father at the Fishburn church.

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