Michael Hickey was born in Dublin, Ontario in 1893 and died in 1970. Theresa (Maughan) Hickey was also born in Dublin in 1885, and passed away in 1978. Michael, called Mike, came west to Manitoba and Alberta, on a harvest help program in 1908. He developed a love for the area in and around Lethbridge. In 1911, Mike went to Buffalo, New York to learn barbering. He did not care for this line of work, so in 1912 he came back to Alberta to where he loved to be.
In 1913, Mike went back to Ontario and married Theresa Maughan. The Maughan family had moved to San Francisco in 1903. Grandma Maughan (Honora) did not like it there. She thought it was too wild a place to raise her family, so she and her husband William moved back to Ontario in 1906.
Theresa (Tess, as she was to many), worked for a doctor in Dublin for years until she married Mike. Mike and Theresa came west again in 1913 to Sunburst, Montana. There Mike managed a hotel, and Tess ran a restaurant. In 1914 a daughter was born, but died shortly after birth. She is buried in Shelby.
Mike took a homestead near Kevin, Montana, but had no money to develop it. He let it go, when he was offered a good job in Alberta in 1915, driving the line men for the telephone in southern Alberta, and for surveying the same area.
In the spring of 1916 Mike was run over with a team of horses. The wagon caught his clothes, and he was dragged several blocks. His right leg and knee were smashed, and it left him with a stiff leg.
With Mike in the hospital, Tess rented a big house south of the post office. She offered room and board and also meals as the post office was still under construction. In 1916, a son Norman was born. He died in 1918 with pneumonia. Gerard, the only surviving child, was born in Lethbridge in 1919.
In 1917, Mike bought a car and had a taxi business. The love of the land drew him, so in 1919 he rented an irrigated farm southwest of Coaldale. Mike found the mud was too much for his leg, so in 1921 he rented a farm at Wilson Siding, just east and south of the elevators. In the fall of 1923 Mike and Tess had a chance to buy the north half of 16-7-20, and it is still in the Hickey family.
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