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George A. Hadlington and
Harriet Hadlington

Water Works Wonders
A History of the White, Wilson,
McMahon, River Junction
School Districts Page 325
By Kathleen Alberta Hadlington

George Hadlington came to Canada in 1909, first to the Milk River area, then to Coaldale in 1917 or 1918, and then to the White School District in 1920. Dad always said that he came to Canada because in the "Black Country" where he was born there were two choices - the mines or the steel mills.

Harriet came to Canada in 1919 on the first ship to carry civilians after World War 1. She came to marry him. Mother and Dad were married in Coaldale in 1919 and moved to the White School District in 1920, farming there until 1944 when they moved to Lethbridge.

Their farm was a mixed farm specializing for many years in the production of potatoes, both for consumption and for certified seed, winning several Alberta and Pacific Northwest championships in the mid thirties. Among the first to break into the growing of certified potatoes in the Province of Alberta, the Hadlington brothers began with Irish Cobblers in 1923, but later switched to the Russett Burbank, and it was with the Burbank strain that they achieved their outstanding successes. Their potatoes swept the boards at the Alberta Provincial shows three years in succession, 1928, '29, & '30.

The family consisted of two sons. Both were educated at White School including Grade XI. No grade XII was taught at Wbite at that time.

George served as secretary of the White School Board for many years along with Jack Tiffin and Kate Andrews (all volunteers, all unpaid).

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