In 1910, my father, James Daniel McInnis was working in the copper mine at Butte, Montana. He came to Coalhurst from there, in 1910, to join the group who were sinking the mine shaft. Sinclair and Willliam McInnis, his brothers, were also there. As their father, Angus McInnis had died in 1906 in Nova Scotia, they sent for their mother, Jemima, and their brother, Alford and sisters, Elizabeth and Jean, to make a new home in Coalhurst. So in 1911, my grandmother and her family travelled by train to Coalhurst. The train travelled to Kipp and they had to walk to Coalhurst where there was no train station. I have been told my grandmother was the first woman in Coalhurst and that they lived in tents. They moved into the first company house in the fall of 1911 where Jemima McInnis, my grandmother, died on February 15, 1936.
Alford McInnis also worked at the Coalhurst mine to earn enough to attend the University of Alberta, Edmonton. From there he enlisted in the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry and was killed in France on September 15, 1916.
My mother, Lucy Hatch McInnis, came to Coalhurst to be the registered nurse at the Coalhurst Hospital. Dr. Inkrote was the mine doctor. In 1922 she married James Daniel McInnis who was then surface foreman at the Coalhurst mine. They had four children born at Coalhurst, two sons and two daughters. Diane died there in September, 1930 at the age of four. We lived in a company house next to our grandmother's and we all attended Coalhurst school until 1937 when we moved to Lethbridge.
In 1930 the principal of the Coalhurst school was Mr. Merkley. The teachers were, Miss Cleota Crowe, grade one, Miss Nora Tennant, grade two, Miss Frances Morrissey, grade three, Miss Rosewame, grade four, Miss Kay Morrissey, grade five, Mr. Sid Oliver, grade six and Mr. W. White.
The two boys and one girl all enlisted in the armed forces during World War 11.
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