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The Neils Benson Alder Jr. Family

by Hazel Christensen
Stirling - Its Story and People
page 201

Neils Benson Adler Jr. was born in Ephraim. Utah, June 1, 1864. He married Fanny Cecelia (Celia) Kofford on, December 28, 1887. Cecelia was born in Spring City, Utah, September 3, 1866.

Mr. Adler came to Stirling in 1904. He liked it so well that he sent for his wife and five children Fewston, Lee, Orpha, Elsie, and Fanny. They came in 1905. Their youngest child, Otto, was born in Stirling.

The Adlers owned a home in Stirling, and also some land near Stirling which they farmed. They participated in community and church affairs and were good neighbors and friends to all. Neils and Celia loved to have company and enjoyed visiting. They told of one time, in the early days before there were many fences, that they were visiting the DeLos. Lund family in Raymond. They started home late in the evening, and became lost as it was very dark They kept travelling in circles until finally Neils gave the horses their " heads" and the horses brought them safely home in just a short time.

The Adlers were very hard workers. They owned two large steam engines that they used in their farm- ing. In the fall, they used the steam engines to run the threshing machines. Many farmers in Southern Al- berta hired the Adlers to harvest their grain.

In 1919, Nels and Celia, Orpha and husband, Fanny, and Otto, moved to British Columbia near Clinton. Fewston and Lee stayed in this district for several years and did work with the steam engines all around this part of the country. They later joined their parents in B .C . The Adlers sold their home to Lindon Nilsson when they left Stirling. The home is still standing and now is used as a Hunting Lodge. Neils often said it was the biggest mistake he ever made in his life when they sold out and moved away from Stirling.

Neils died on October 27, 1941, and Celia, on October 28,1956. They are buried at Jesmond, B.C.

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