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William John and Sarah Lenora Logan

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 404-405

My Grandfather, William John Logan and eldest son, James Logan, moved to Diamond City in 1910 from Osgood, Ontario. They travelled by Harvest Excursion Train and it took eight days or more. They had wooden slot seats (no cushions), and a pot bellied stove at one end of the coach. This was to heat their food or baby bottles. Everyone brought his own food and bought more at train stops.

They both did odd jobs, carpenter work, shoe fixing, fixing bikes etc. Grandad worked as a cager in Commerce mine.

In 1911 Grandpa sent for his wife, Sarah Lenora Logan, and seven more children; Elizabeth, Margaret, William, Frederick, Alton, and a son and daughter who are still living.

In 1912 they moved to Commerce. Some of them worked for Pete Davie. People named Barry farmed near Commerce, they had oxen and hauled coal. They said a man named Brown was manager of Commerce mine when it exploded. My grandfather had to haul all the dead animals out from the mine. They said no one wanted to go in the mine after the explosion so they had to hire negroes. They said only one man was killed.

While living at Commerce, my Aunt Elizabeth met a man who was working on the section gang from Kipp to Commerce. She was eighteen years old and she ran away and married him. My grandfather was not pleased and tried to break it up, but no such luck.

In 1913 they moved to Coalhurst where grandpa was a cager in the mine. Uncle Fred said he went to school in Coalhurst and it was beside the ashpile. Uncle Jim worked for Tom McNeil doing carpenter work. He helped build the store and the school which burned down a few years later. The Legion owned it at the time.

My grandmother used to bake pies and set them on the windowsill to cool and a man used to steal .them. One day he came and brought her pans back and said, "Mrs. Logan, they sure were good pies, if you will make pumpkin pies, I will buy them from you'.

My grandparents lived about two blocks east of McDermott's store towards the mine dump. Grandpa Logan used to play the violin and sing at parties etc. One night he raffled his violin.

In 1914 the Logans moved to Lethbridge and Uncle Jim joined the army. My grandfather worked in the mines for about ten years and later on the railway.

I was just getting started on this information when my Uncle Fred passed away. He was the only one who was old enought to remember the early days. There are only two Logans left.

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