The Marzinzik's arrived from Germany in 1913 with their two children, a son and a daughter. Having been notified by her sister, Mrs. John Gusella, who had arrived in 1912, that miners were wanted for the new mine and that company houses were available, John immediately hired on, as he was an experienced miner from the Rhur Valley in Germany.
The mine had its busy times, mostly in Fall and Winter as nearly all coal was shipped to Saskatchewan for domestic use. Quite a few strikes were involved, and at times money was scarce.
About 1915 or 1916 a Mr. Peacock, having land about one mile north of Coalhurst, decided to sell lots to the miners. About six or eight German families decided to build houses on this land. The property had not been subdivided, but on promise from Mr. Peacock they proceeded to build. He then decided to sell this land to Mr. Adams, who then told them he would not subdivide, so they all had to move the houses to Coalhurst. This was the end of German Town as it was named by the people of Coalhurst. Some of the houses are still occupied in Coalhurst.
One episode I remember of German Town, they decided to dig a well for water, it was about 20ft. down. In the morning the barricades were down, and looking down the well they saw that a horse had fallen in, he was looking for water too. They pulled it up, but never did strike water, as these were the dry years before irrigation.
About 1920, Dad bought a homestead west of Red Deer, Evergreen Post Office. They tried farming, but being mostly bush land they did not have much success, so they moved back to Coalhurst. The farm was rented to neighbours.
By this time the family consisted of four boys and two girls who went to Coalhurst school.
In 1933 the depression being on, the mine only working once in a while, they moved back to Evergreen farm. Some of the children were on their own by this time. In 1942 dad sold out and retired with mother to Kelowna, B.C. Dad died in June 1971, age 84, and mother April 1973, age 81. They enjoyed their retirement in their own home among children and friends.
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