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Harry Bruce Gillie and
Vilate Gold Gillie

Our Treasured Heritage-
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 343 - 344
by Stanley R. Gillie

Harry Gillie was born in North Carolina, U.S.A., in 1889. He came to Canada in 1912, homesteading in the Milk River area in 1921. After numerous years of crop failures, because of droughts, he gave up farming and accepted a position on the Tiffin Dairy Farm, just outside of Lethbridge, where he met and married Vilate Gold of Mountain View, Alberta.

In 1927 they bought the S.W.1/4 of Sec. 25-9-22, three miles east of Coalhurst, where they farmed and raised a family of nine children, all of whom received their education in Coalhurst.

Harry's wife Vilate was born on October 6, 1902, and was working on the Tiffin Farm when she and Harry were married. Vilate passed away in 1948.

Kermit Bruce was born on March 15, 1926, and died in January 1937.

Harry was a good farmer and well liked in the district. He often left his own work to help someone in need. He was one of the first farmers in the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District to grow sugar beets, and continued to do so until his health failed in 1962. In 1964 he sold his farm and retired, living in Coalhurst for two years, then he moved to Lethbridge, where he lived until his passing in 1968.

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