Albert Parkinson was born in lowa in 1879. His wife Lilly Pearl (Knowles) was born in 1880. They were married in 1900. They were living in Stevens, Minnesota when they decided to move to Alberta in 1910. They first settled in the Pendant d'Oreille district. His father and mother, James Richard and Mary Parkinson come to Canada at the same time and lived with them.
Bert and Pearl had three children. Two more children were added to the family in Canada.
They moved to Bradshaw in 1923 and Spring Coulee in 1929. Great grandfather Parkinson had only one eye. 1, Mildred Lee Sloan. stayed with both sets of grandparents. We would walk to the train, about half a mile, with great grandfather to pick up the newspaper. He used to rock me in his arms and make me a doll out of a beer bottle wrapped in a bandanna handkerchief
Bert Parkinson farmed the home farm east of Spring Coulee until 1944. His daughter and son-in-law took over the farm. Bert Parkinson used to do a lot of custom threshing in the fall and built a number of cisterns in the district. He also did butchering for the crews of the oil rigs. He helped build the Vernal school. He often went swimming in the canal or in the river where we went with the horse and buggy.
Bert Parkinson remarried and moved to Kelowna with his new wife, Florence, and step-daughter. He bought a home there and worked in a lumber yard. He passed away in September 1952 after a long battle with cancer.
Pearl (grandma Parkinson) died in August 1968.
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