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Joseph R. Sr. and Rachel Hofer

Pinepound Reflections - A History of
Spring Coulee and District page 247
by Mary Jane Hofer Johnson

Dad was born in Freeman, South Dakota, March 14, 1896. He went to Chicago in 1912 and worked there for four years.

He joined the United States Army in 1916 and served overseas until he was honorably discharged in 1920.

He then went to Grass Range, Montana where he rented a farm, raised grain and hay. Mother raised geese. In winter he trapped coyotes as a side line. He was a very able marksman with a rifle.

He married Rachel on October 6, 1921 at Lewiston, Montana. Two daughters were born there.

In 1929 they moved to Spring Coulee, Alberta and rented a farm there. They farmed there until 1945 when they purchased the Frank Leffingwell farm one mile north of Milk River. They raised cows and pigs and chickens which were butchered and sold at Lethbridge Hospital and supplied them with eggs. They worked hard at improving the land, breaking and picking rocks. He always had a good garden and often went berry picking. Every spring there would be gophers to poison. He had a team of horses with which he used to put up hay. Later he built on to the house and built new granaries. Soon he got a new car and they were able to do more visiting. They enjoyed their time at Spring Coulee but were happy finally on their own.

Dad passed away March 9, 1972 at the age of seventy-five.

Mother passed away April 12, 1983 at the age of eighty-one.

They had seven children.

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