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Robert James Greep and
Mary Ann Goodman Greep

Taken from "Heritage of the High Country-
A History of Del Bonita and surrounding Districts
page 353-354
by Pearl Perry

Mary Ann Greep was born June 9, 1869 at Gluvlas, Penryn, Cornwall, England. She was the daughter of William Henry and Elizabeth (Pooley) Goodman.

Robert James Greep and Mary Ann Goodman were married on Easter Monday, in 1892 at St. Judas Church in Plymouth, England. They were the parents of five children: William George Edwin, born December 21, 1893 at Laire, Plymouth, Devonshire, England. He passed away on August 30, 1974; Florence Leila, born December 12, 1895 at lvybridge, W. Plymouth, England, and passed away on April 15, 1896; Olive Elliot Maude, born February 26, 1897 at Ivybridge, W. Plymouth, England; Stanley Stuart, born February 13, 1899 at Seven Stones Farm, Calstock, W. Plymouth, England; Ruby, born December 19, 1902 at Haringay, London, England.

Mary Ann, her husband, and the four children sailed from England on the C.P.R. Ship, Lake Champlain, and arrived in Montreal in September of 1903. They farmed for a short time in Manitoba, then came west and Mr. Greep took a homestead at Nobleford (10-23-34-W4th). This would be about a mile from Nobleford.

Mrs. Mary Ann Greep ran a store, post office, and boarding house in Hardieville with the help of her children. Mary Ann was one of the first to settle in the Del Bonita area. She moved here from Hardieville in 1912 when the lease country opened up, and filed on a homestead. She and her four children made their home north and west of the Tom Helgeson homestead. Here she grew a beautiful garden. She also kept horses and cattle. Her children, Maude, Bill, Stanley, and Ruby helped her through those early years. She was musical and played the piano really well.

In 1921 she sold out to Roland Swallow and moved to Raymond. She later moved to Lethbridge, where she retired. She was active in her church work. On September 3, 1946, she passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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