Bill and Jennie Gorda and their family of three boys arrived in Coalhurst in the year of 1925 from Shell Valley, Manitoba. They had homesteaded in Shell Valley and decided to come to Coalhurst so that Bill could work in the Coalhurst mine. Two children were born to them while living in Coalhurst. All the children attended primary school in Coalhurst. Mr. Gorda was injured in the mine and was unable to continue coal mining.
After the mine explosion in Coalhurst (1935), most families in Coalhurst moved to other communities. The Gorda family moved to Lethbridge.
Bill Gorda died in August 1982 in Edmonton at the age of 94. Jennie Gorda died Christmas Day, December 25, 1970 in Lethbridge at the age of 84.
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