Samuel Owen (1887) and Ethel Mary (1883) Kendrick came to the prairies from the British Isles in 1912. They settled first with some friends on a farm in Manitoba, and then decided to go west to work the railroad and the mines. In 1913 or 14 they moved to Coalhurst. Two children had been deceased as babies. While in Coalhurst Samuel and Ethel raised a family of four girls.
Ethel's brother, Em Mallett was killed in the Coalhurst mine. Samuel was also the victim of a bad mine accident with severe head injuries. He was unconscious for nine days and hospitalized for several weeks. He made a fair recovery, and was able to return to work, though closely supervised. During the 1918' flu epidemic the Kendricks helped with house to house visitations. Each family did the other's chores to help each other over this disastrous time.
The Kendricks left Coalhurst in 1932. They were instrumental in the beginnings of the Pentecostal Church in Coalhurst.
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