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W. Ernest McDermott and
Nelle Reynolds McDermott

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 426-427
by Margaret Bridges

Ernest McDermott was born in 1880 in Washago, Ontario to James and Margaret Robinson McDermott, who had grown up in the Ottawa Valley. Ernest came to the Station at Brocket in 1905 as station agent, then moved to Pincher Station in 1910. Nelle Reynolds was born in Beachville, Ontario in 1891, and came west to Pincher Creek in 1910; they were married in 1914. In 1920, they moved to Coalhurst to join his brother, James L. in the store. Ernest was later operating the Post Office and serving as Village Secretary. They died in Jan. and Mar. of 1953.

They had three children; Robert, Harry and one daughter Robert Ernest - (1915-1974) was born in Pincher Station, took his schooling in Coalhurst and served with the Canadian Forces overseas.

Harry Reynolds - (1924-1969) was born in Coalhurst where he went to school. After serving overseas with the Armed Forces he married had five children.

Highlights of growing up in Coalhurst - the day the station was moved from Kipp to Coalhurst; when school was out we all ran to the station. The day that blizzard raged all morning, all of us in the lower grades were taken home by the older boys. Later we learned that a grade I child had become separated from his brother on the way to school and was found later frozen to death. Then, there was the day that Park Lake was officially opened - the bath-houses were there and tiny trees were planted around the lake, otherwise it was bald prairie. Most of us had sunburns and big blisters to show for our hours in swimming. How those trees have grown in the fifty years since!

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