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Richard Hewlett and
Harriett Alice Ellis Blockley Hewlett

Our Treasured Heritage-
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 365-367
by Alice Watmough Birch

Richard William Hewlett was born October 22, 1879 in Noke, Oxfordshire, England. Harriett Alice Ellis Blockley was born Sept. 15, 1882 in Coalville, Leicester, England. Richard and Harriett were married January 4, 1902 in Coalville, Leicester, England. They arrived in Canada about 1908, settling first in Regina, Sask., then moving to North Battleford, Sask., then homesteading in the Hatherleigh, Sask. area, then to Dinant, Alta. During this time Richard's occupations are listed as: coal miner, teamster, and Tabourer.

Early in 1920, Richard, being a coal miner, came to Coalhurst to see what the job market was like. He then sent for the rest of the family. They arrived by train at Kipp in May of 1920. From 1920 to 1923 they lived in two different houses between Coalhurst and Wigan. Then in the May 31, 1923 edition of the Lethbridge Herald, we read: Mr. and Mrs. Hewlett and family have moved to the house west of the mine tracks. About 1925 they moved to the farm at NW 27-9-22 W of the 4th M. In 1927 Richard was hurt at the coal mine and was unable to carry on as a coalminer. They lived on the farm until about 1936 when hard times hit. About 1938 they moved down to the Water Pumping Station at the river bottom and pumped the water for Coalhurst. I have many childhood memories of this location: the large pumps and machines in the pumping shed; the ivy- covered house; the flowers, especially the scented phlox; the cellar in the hillside right out the back door; the rain barrel; the garden with the chokecherry trees and rhubarb and the deer that came to share the lettuce and peas; the trees with the large birds' nest; "Lovers' Hill" where the young people of Coalhurst came to carve their names; walking to the Research Station for milk and a visit; the steep hill out, that was impassable when it rained; and the boys, Wilf and Les, coming home with their Army gear when they had signed up.

On February 19, 1943 Richard passed away at home and is buried in the Lethbridge Cemetery. About 1944, Harriett purchased a house and 6 lots on the main road into Coalhurst (Lots 15-20 Blk 2, Plan 2605AL) and moved there. Harriett belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Canadian Legion and for a few years was a member of the Helping Hand Club. She lived to crochet, knit and embroider. Harriett passed away March 31, 1956 in Lethbridge. She is buried in Archmount Gardens.

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