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Horace Austin Long and
Esther May (Patterson) Long

Pinepound Reflections - A History of
Spring Coulee and District page 275
Chief Mountain Country Vol. 1

Horace "Hort" Long was the second of seven children born to Andrew (A Civil War Veteran) and Nancy Long. He was born in Piper City, Illinois, April 12, 1870. His parents moved to Illinois in 1869 from Pennsylvania. In 1884 his father took the family to North Dakota where he had homesteaded, about 60 miles northwest of the town of Fargo. His father saw that he learned how to work and his mother saw they received a good education. All of the children went through Normal School at Mayville. Some of them taught school but not Hort. He opened a livery stable and asserted that he had the best driving team in the County.

He married Esther May Patterson, February 17, 1897 at Finley, North Dakota. He purchased a farm on the north edge of Finley where he and his young bride settled. They had four sons, the youngest died at six months.

Hort played baseball and was the catcher on Finley's team. Being of an adventurous nature he sold out and moved to Spokane, Washington in the fall of 1906. There he became a partner in a construction company. When in 1912, his partner decided to go to Midnapore, Alberta to farm, Hort took out a Ford Dealership and moved to Greenacres 12 miles east of Spokane. Still searching for better pastures he took his family to Cardston, Alberta March I,1918. Here he had purchased the Johnny Woolf ranch three miles east of Cardston, at the time being operated by John Kearl. His search for Utopia ended here for he found the people friendly and cooperative and the country to his liking. However, due to several factors - drought in 1918, 1919, and the consequent loss of livestock and inexperience in proper methods of farming, and helpful advice from kindly neighbors such as Orson and Tom Anderson, he decided to abandon further attempts to pay for the farm. Through the kindly efforts of Shermans and Thompsons of Spring Coulee, he obtained a lease of the "Senator" Nelson farm two miles west of Spring Coulee and abutting the St. Mary Dam.

It was with some regret the move was made as his sons enjoyed playing baseball and basketball on the Cardston teams, especially under the able dedicated coaching of Charlie Cheesman.

The new venture proved to be very successful and profitable and in the course of four years the family split up and went on their own. Hort bought a farm near Kimball and moved there with one son and his wife Esther. One son Merle (died in infancy).

Hort Passed away April 11, 1954 at the age of 84 years. Esther passed away May 24, 1966 at the age of 86 years.

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