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Albert George Gilbert and
Norah Kathleen Orr

Heritage of the High Country-
A History of Del Bonita and surrounding Districts
page 345 - 346

Albert George Gilbert (Gil) was born in Toronto, Ontario on April 27, 1889. He came to Alberta in 1906. He returned later to Ontario where he was apprenticed to an electrician for some time.

He returned to Alberta, and in 1921 he married Norah Kathleen Orr in Calgary, Alberta. She came to Calgary from Ireland at the age of fourteen with her mother, to live with her brother Arthur, who was residing there. Before her marriage she worked at the C.N.R. Telegraphs.

After buying grain at various points in Alberta, the Gilberts decided to move to Enumclaw, Washington, U.S.A.. While there a daughter was born. Gil at that time ran an electrical shop.

In 1923 they moved to Los Angeles, California, in a Model T Ford. He worked at various places there, among them Madsen Iron Works. In Los Angeles another daughter, Sheila Constance, was born in 1928.

In 1929 the Gilberts decided to return to Canada. They arrived in Calgary in July of 1929. They were there until August 12th of that year, when Gil accepted the position to open the Alberta Pacific Grain Company elevator in Whiskey Gap; the new railway line had been completed. The family lived in Cardston, Alberta. On January 23, 1931, a son, John Richard was born.

In June of the same year the family moved to Whiskey Gap, where the elevator company had built a home for them.

In 1932 Gil bought a farm from Julius Nielsen, SW 1/2-12-1-23-W4th. He continued to buy grain until 1937 at which time he moved his family to the farm.

In 1939 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and went overseas. Mrs. Gilbert and the younger children moved to Calgary. In 1945 he sold the farm to his son-in-law and daughter.

Following his discharge from the army he worked for a time in Calgary as Administrator of the Belcher Hospital. He then bought a farm south of Fort Macleod (formerly an emergency air strip). They adopted a sixteen month old boy in 1950.

In 1953 they sold the farm at Fort Macleod and bought one in the Jefferson district, where they farmed until 1959. They sold the farm and moved to Calgary. Gil worked for a time as a Commissionaire and Norah worked for the C.P.R. Telegraphs.

In 1968 they retired, and moved into a Senior Citizen's Complex in 1970.

Gil passed away in October 1975 in Calgary. Norah still resides in Calgary (1980).

Sheila Constance died in 1948 at the age of twenty years.

John Richard died in November 1944 at the age of thirteen years.

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