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Edward And Olive Anderson Family

Stirling - Its Story and People
by Mac and Avice Anderson

Edward Anderson was born in Prescott, Arizona, U.S.A., September 28, 1881. His parents Peter and Mary Olson Anderson had immigrated from Denmark.

Ed came to Brandon, Manitoba, with his brother Olie but the exact date is unknown. Ed recalls the mosquitoes were so bad they drove the brothers out of that area.

After coming to Stirling, Ed met and married Margaret Olive Hartley. She was born in Pleasant Green, Utah, September 24, 1887. She came with her father, the William Hartley family, to Stirling in 1902. Ed and Olive were married April 6, 1904 in Raymond, Alberta

Ed was a steam engineer by profession. He operated steam driven tractors to do plowing and threshing. Some of the men he worked for were William Spackman, Guy Finley, Bob Peterson and Art Coulter. In the winter he hired out as a cowboy to such people as Raymond Knight and Joe Peters. He also worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad and drove the trains from Lethbridge to Fort Macleod. The original line was subject to many maintenance difficulties and a new high level bridge and the Monarch bridge were built and the new line opened October 23, 1909. He drove the last train across the old bridge. The next engineer never made it because one of the bridge trestles collapsed under the weight of the train.

The Ed Anderson home in Stirling was located in the northeast corner of town. Ed and Olive had seven sons and two daughters.

During the fall of 1910 the family moved to Jaffray, B.C. where Ed was employed at a lumber mill

Ed was the inventor of a machine for digging topping and loading beets. A demonstration model was made and a patent obtained. Machine companies were interested in manufacturing the digger but his financial partners would not accept any company offers and the patent expired.

The family returned to Stirling in about 1911 or 1912.

The family had a milk cow and the usual chick- ens. Irrigation water had arrived in Stirling in the early 1900's and a water cistern was filled from this for household use. One day when mother, Olive, was milking the cow a lightning bolt struck and knocked her down so hard that the imprint of her body was left on the ground. She was bruised a little but not hurt.

In 1918 the family moved to the farm in the Judson area. Ed was working out for Art Coulter at the time. He borrowed Art Coulter's big Reeves steamer and skidded the house from Stirling nine miles to its new location six miles west, on the north side of the highway of Wrentham.

From Wrentham the family moved to the Leth- bridge Northern Irrigation District near Picture Butte and lived there for a while. Eventually, in 1948, they moved to a farm south of Fort Macleod. Later they sold the farm and moved into town.

Ed passed away November 3, 1949, and Olive died November 25, 1970.

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