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William Harvey Jenks and
Flora Ada Sherwood Jenks

Taken from "Heritage of the High Country-
A History of Del Bonita and Surrounding Districts
Pages 391-392
by Victor and Irene Jenks

William Harvey Jenks was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1859. He moved to South Dakota, and there he met Flora Ada Sherwood. She was born in 1874 in U.S.A. They were married and ranched in South Dakota for several years. Their four sons, Vern, Glen, Victor, and James were born while there.

In 1909 his wife's cousin, C. S. Noble persuaded them to come to Canada to farm. They left South Dakota and entered Canada by train via North Portal, Saskatchewan, arriving at Claresholm, Alberta.

The family lived in Claresholm for a while. William and son, Vern, worked for C. S. Noble. Then they bought a farm six miles east of Nobleford. They built a home and farmed there for a few years.

In 1912, William and sons, Vern and Glen, took up homesteads in Del Bonita. He farmed and raised cattle for a few years. The grain was hauled to Milk River.

One day his son, Vic, took some eggs to the store in Milk River. The river was very high at the time. His horses had to swim and the water came up and washed the eggs overboard. It took them down the river about half a mile where they were thrown out at a sharp bend in the river. Vic picked them up and finished his journey to town. The eggs were not damaged, so were accepted by the storekeeper.

In 1918, William, Flora, and their three sons, Glen, Vic, and James left the lease to go to Thermopolis, Wyoming. They built a hotel and the sons had a taxi business. The hotel was destroyed by fire the winter of 1919. William never recovered from the set back and in the spring of 1920 he passed away. All the family went back to Nobleford and worked there for a year. Then in 1921 they moved onto the homestead in Del Bonita.

Later Flora moved to Sawtell, California where she passed away in 1926.

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