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Memories of Coalhurst

Taken from "Our Treasured Heritage-
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 88 - 89

The Pacific Hotel burning down, which had been moved from between Coalhurst Station and Kipp, Dominic Sorbora later built his house on the foundation. Starting school in Bridge end, halfway between Coalhurst and Wigan. This was a two-storey school which burned down about 1918. The caretaker lost his life as he always slept in a room in the basement. Miss, Marg Wright was my first teacher, she Joe DeHart, mining engineer at Coalhurst.

Wearing flu masks when the epidemic was on, they were nice and white except for the smokers and tobacco chewers. Getting a hair cut at Happy McLeod's barber shop for 25 cents when we had it. The open air skating rink by the mine dump where we all learned to skate. The miner's picnics at Whitney's or Jones's river bottom, everyone came, how we enjoyed them, although some miners used to settle their differences with fisticuffs, after the beer kegs were empty. Watching the Diamond City coal Co. train hauling coal to Kipp yard. The Commerce Coal Co. also had their own track and engine and hauled coal to Kipp. We always knew when these mines would work, as the two mine engines would come to Kipp for box cars. The dust storms, we would have to turn lights on in the middle of the day. The farmers west of Coalhurst plowed up the land and it all blew into town. The coming of the irrigation, where we all learned to swim in the ditch. We would back up the water in the ditch, finally George Black, the L. N. I. D. ditch-rider locked the gates, so that was the end of that trick.

Fires in Coalhurst, the burning down of the Mine View Hotel which was built by the Coal Co. for single miner's only, it faced the mine, a two storey building. McDermott's Hardware on the north side of the street, Tony Pavan later built his store there. Walking to the river to swim and fish, no fences in those days. Picking cactus berries as we walked, looking for arrow heads around the tepee rings on top of the coulee. Then watching Andrew Sherret breaking up the prairie with his 10 bottom plow, bidding goodbye to the wide open prairie as the fences began to show up. The Alberta Provincial Police opened their station and brought blood hounds to Coalhurst. They were in the charge of Constable McWilliams, we used to be very quiet going by the pens as boy could they start to howl and jump. A. P. P. Constable Cook would chase us home after the curfew whistle blew. He had the first Chrysler Roadster in Coalhurst so he was easy to keep track of. J. I. McDermott would take a bunch of us in his car to pick potatoes on his farm north of Wigan, 10 cents a sack, but we all had fun.

The moving of the Coalhurst station from Kipp, they moved it in two pieces on flat cars. Then the building of the two grain elevators. The C.P.R. then took over the Diamond City Coal Co. track and built it on to Turin.

There are many more memories, and some incidents that took place later, the dirty thirties, the explosion in the mine, losing friends I knew as I worked in the mine the winter of 1932. Coalhurst will never be the same for us who lived there in those years, 1913 to 1934. The hockey team, football team and baseball team, all consisting of Coalhurst men and boys, which I would have liked to name, all good sports, who never failed us, and all the people who cheered for them, thank you.

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