Alexander and Grace (Muffay) Marshall were born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. In the early 1900's, Alex bought a farm in the White School district, but he moved to the United States where he and Grace were married. In 1909, the Marshalls with their four sons moved back to Lethbridge from Minot, N. Dakota, to look after the land Alec had previously bought. Alec's brother-in-law, George Murray arrived in 1910 to be foreman on the farm, while Alex was manager of MacDonald Wholesale Grocers. This was later purchased by Western Grocers. Alec died in 1917.
Bill, the eldest son, died at age 14 as the result of an accident. In addition to the four boys, the Marshalls had a daughter who was born in Lethbridge.
From the June 29,1912 Lethbridge Daily Herald
BARN, GRANARY AND SIX HORSES WERE BURNED UP
Lightning Struck Alex M. Marshall's Barn During Storm Last Night.
Two men milking in the barn on Alex M. Marshall's irrigated farm seven miles southeast of the city had a very narrow escape from sudden death last evening when the barn was struck by lightning.
The severe electrical storm which passed south of the city last night between six and eight o'clock passed over Mr. Marshall's farm, and about 6:30 a bolt struck the middle of the barn. Six horses and three calves on one side of the barn opposite to where the men were milking were instantly killed and the barn caught fire, burning so rapidly that the men, who were only three or four feet away from where the horses were killed, were barely able to cut loose the cows which also escaped uninjured and turn them out of the barn, before the fire had spread to them.
A granary, containing about seventy five bushels of wheat and feed for the stock was also set on fire burning to the ground.
The total loss was about $2,000 while the insurance carried amounted to only $400.
Mr. Marshall is a member of the firm of Marshall and Ramsay of this city, and has been in the country for the past three or four years.
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