Joseph Alfons Navratil:
Born - 4 August 1883 at Moravia Czechoslavakia
Died - I August 1959 at Raymond, Alberta, Canada
Born - 18 - November 1884 at Prague, Czechoslavakia
Died - 19 - February 1961 at Raymond Alberta, Canada
Joseph came from Czechoslavakia to North Dakota in 1907. Then to the Medicine Hat area where he took out a homestead south of Seven Persons in 1909. He worked the land with oxen, built his home and outbuildings. He worked for Mitchell's Butcher shop and Slauter house during the winter months and put the cash into the homestead.
At a Czechoslovak community in Pisek, North Dakota he met and married Marie Horejsi (Mary) 16 February 1914.
Their five children were born while on the homestead. They had three sons and two daughters.
Joseph dug about 20 wells, with a shovel, to obtain water. He built a dam which to this day is called Joe's Dam. Due to drought many families left that area. Joseph and Mary moved their family to Spring Coulee district in 1924. They settled on part of the Marsden Ranch.
The oldest children had started school at Valley View school near Seven Persons, but now all the children attended school at Vernal School south-east of Spring Coulee.
At Spring Coulee Joseph farmed, raised pigs and chickens, milked cows and sold cream. They took the cream to the Railway Station to send to Cardston.
The lived in Spring Coulee for about 13 years, then moved to Magrath where they lived for 3 years in town. Here Joseph ran a slaughterhouse. The next I 1/2 years they spent on farms north of Magrath and south of Welling.
Joseph and Mary and family moved to Raymond in 1941.
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