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William Johnson and
Mary Ellen Saunders

Our Treasured Heritage-
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 379-380
By Estelle Sanders Beasley

Johnson, William, originally from England, came to Canada from Minnesota about 1870, returned there, then emigrated to Alberta 1883, where he worked installing the telegraph. He settled on a dairy farm, a short distance from the high level bridge on the Bend, and delivered milk to the Villagers.

Saunders, Mary Ellen, came from England to Manitoba, then to Lethbridge in 1904. She was a nurse and mid-wife. They were married in Great Falls in 1906. About 1915, they left the farm and moved to Coalhurst, first living in a company house, then building their own. Four children, two sons and two daughters, were born and attended school in Coalhurst. One daughter, Lillian, died in 1980.

Some neighbors were; Tony Pavan, grocer, the Smiths, miners who moved to Coleman, the Yucytus family and the Adamsons. Mr. Davy Adamson was a soccer player, who introduced the youth to the game. He toured Scotland with the village team.

During the 'flu epidemic of 1918, Mrs. Johnson worked with the doctor, going from door to door helping the sick. The school was closed and used for the patients.

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