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Alfred Ernest Kersey

Heritage of the High Country
A History of Del Bonita and Surrounding Districts
Page 407
by Norma Arnold

Alfred Ernest Kersey was born in Liverpool, England, September 21, 1893. He lived in England prior to coming to Canada at the age of nineteen years. He settled in Calgary before coming to the lease country.

He filed on a homestead in 1912, and when the war broke out he enlisted in the 13th Overseas Mounted Rifles and served in the Army overseas until he was wounded. After spending some time in the hospital recovering from wounds from the war, he came back to Del Bonita.

Having filed on the NE 1/4-15 he discovered there was no water so traded it for NE 1/4-3-2-22.

He remained a bachelor and continued to farm and expand his land holdings.

He owned a threshing machine and harvested for all the neighbors around him. He bought one of the first battery radios. You used earphones to hear it, plus a six-volt car battery. He was a very reticent man; his closest friends knew very little about his personal life. He loved sports of all kinds. Fishing was his specialty. He could spoil the best team of horses with kindness.

In 1939 his home was destroyed by fire while he was on a hunting trip. He rebuilt his home in 1941, one of the first modern homes.

He bought a home in Fort Macleod in 1945 and lived there part of the time until 1948 when he retired and rented his farm. He still owned his farm at the time of his death.

He became ill and passed away December 28, 1962. His funeral was held January 3, 1963. He was buried in the Soldiers' Plot in the Union Cemetery, Fort Macleod, Alberta.

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