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Alec Munroe and
Burnetta (Sundall) Munroe

Pinepound Reflections - A History of
Spring Coulee and District page 301

by Malcolm Munroe

Alec was born in Stellarton, Nova Scotia September 1870. He came west with his mother and father in 1885 settling in Lethbridge. Alec and his brothers all worked for the C.P.R.. He became a station agent and moved to Magrath. He met and married Burnetta Sundall.

He was transferred to Spring Coulee about 1915 and after a year or two he decided to leave C.P.R. and invested his savings in a General Store. It turned out to be an unwise decision. The 1930's weren't kind to small grocery businesses and Post Offices. He had to carry a lot of people's debts and never did get paid. He was very kind and generous to people to the point he hurt himself and family.

They had four girls and 3 boys to raise. Alec died in 1932. The family really missed him as he meant so much to the children in everything they did. Netta as she was known carried on with the business for many years and raised her family. She too was so good to people. She managed the Post Office too. Indians came into the store and were supposed to be picked up at night. It was cold and no one came around. She'd bring them into her home and feed them. In the morning the kids would get up with Indians sleeping on the kitchen floor. Many people left owing her a lot of money too. She moved to Lethbridge for her later years and died in 1966 or 67.

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