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Sam and Jeanette Gilbert

Our Treasured Heritage-
A History of Coalhurst and District
Page 342
by Lenora Lumley

The Gilberts moved here from the U.S.A. and came to a small farm southeast of Lethbridge. When irrigation was introduced they moved to West Lethbridge. At first they worked for Mrs. Susan Davies on her farm. In 1927, they bought the N I/2 NW2-9-22 and started a dairy farm and poultry. He was proud of his Percheron horses and good Holstein cows.

Mrs. Gilbert used to drive to Lethbridge a few times a week with cream, eggs and vegetables. On one of her trips to Lethbridge she had a serious accident; her team of horses and rig with a car. She spent many months in hospital. She hurt her spine and legs. She never ever walked again without crutches. She stayed with my Aunt Grace and Uncle Jim Logan for a long time after her illness in Lethbridge.

I believe it was after this they lost their farm. Mr. Gilbert built a small house across the road, near the railway track south of Lenzie Siding (Gordon Black's land). Sam was caretaker of the powder magazine while they lived there. He also farmed the land that joined the magazine. Murray used to drive the dynamite truck so visited the Gilbert's quite often, I used to go with him.

Sometimes, Mrs. Gilbert would go to Lethbridge and stay at my Aunt Grace's to take care of things while they were away.

In 1946 they moved their house to the river bottom, where they lived until 1953 when the flood came. Sam didn't want to leave, but eventually the Mounties evacuated them by boat. They stayed with Art and Eva Bennett. They later moved home after a lot of cleaning had been done. Sam always had chickens and a beautiful garden. Mrs. Gilbert did beautiful crocheting, knitting etc. She had trunks full. She also made beautiful pies. She used to babysit for me when Sam and I would go pick coal at the coal dump in Coalhurst. She walked around the house with one crutch . She used to make all her dresses in earlier days from flour and sugar sacks. My Uncle Jim told me about them, I guess they really saved and times were hard.

Grandpa Gilbert suffered a stroke and was in Galt Hospital for many months. We used to have him over for meals and drive him to town to shop and visit. Grandpa's stomach started to bother him a lot and he finally moved to a boarding house up town, near the hospital.

Grandpa passed away in October, 1962.
Grandma passed away in January, 1964.

They never had any children, but raised a niece and nephew. They really loved children.

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