Joseph James Marsden son of Charles Thomas Marsden and Isabel Harker Marsden was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 23, 1879.
He accompanied his father and Uncle Levi Harker in the migration to Cardston, Alberta. They trailed the loose horses and cattle behind the four horse team wagon during the entire long and difficult journey. Joseph, being very short had to stand on an apple box to be able to harness the horses.
Joseph commenced his schooling at the Taylorville School from 1884- 1892.
Joseph joined in the founding and development of Cardston for several years. Through his ambition to branch out for himself he secured employment with the local ranchers. For several years he was foreman for one of the largest ranchers, a Mr. Moffatt, who was situated several miles east of Cardston. He decided to homestead in the Raley district. He later, in partnership with his brother Tot was successful in acquiring a large amount of land in the Spring Coulee district, seventeen miles east of Cardston and five miles south of Spring Coulee. Through his thrift, perseverance and cooperation he developed a larger ranch. He was considered among the most prosperous ranchers in Alberta. Through his honesty and integrity and consideration for his fellowman he was honored and respected by all his friends, relatives and acquaintances.
Joseph was active in the Priesthood and Auxiliary organizations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Laura Luecine Pilling Marsden was born Mary 3, 1888 at Kaysville Utah. On August 27, 1907 she married Joseph James Marsden.
Laura had many talents, being able to play several musical instruments. She was a professional with the Hawaiian guitar, and entertained at many weddings, church functions, private parties, and funerals. She also played the guitar for some of the CJOC radio broadcasts. She was an expert at making chocolates, a skill she passed on to her five daughters. They have carried on this hobby for many years.
Joe and Laura had seven children: five daughters and 2 sons.
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