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Arthur Pearse and
Edna Burkholder Pearse

Water Works Wonders
A History of the White, Wilson, McMahon,
River Junction School Districts Pages 406 - 407

Francis James and Eleanor Margaret, with infant son Arthur born in 1892, came from New Zealand to Canada in 1894. In 1896 they moved to the U.S.A., homesteading near Minot, North Dakota. Three daughters were born and raised in the U.S.A.

Arthur came with the family from North Dakota to Lethbridge in 1908, homesteading on the N 1/2 of 36-7-21W4. They bought two houses in Lethbridge. In 1913, Arthur and sister Veda went to Washington to receive teachers' training, and later taught school there. Arthur returned to Alberta in 1919 to resume farming and breaking land for other farmers. He also custom threshed for several years. Later he was employed by Ellison Flour Mills, and in 1927 became a Watkins dealer, travelling in a new Model T coupe.

In 1929 he married Edna Burkholder of Didsbury. Edna was born in Ontario in 1904 and came to Alberta as a child with her parents. They homesteaded near Stettler and later farmed in the Olds area, before moving to Didsbury.

Arthur and Edna took over the NW 1/4 of the Henry Salmon farm (Murfin). A son was born in 1930. Daughters in 1934, and in 1939.

For about two years Arthur's sister and her husband worked at the farm, before moving to Fort Macleod in 1935. Francis Pearse was in failing health and went to live with daughter his where he passed away in 1937. Eleanor Pearse died in 1946. Arthur and Edna continued farming, later with with their son on the original land. Arthur passed away in 1969. Edna in 1995. During the war years, Edna was involved in the war effort, helping with the knitting and sewing, also sent parcels to several of her nephews serving in the Canadian army overseas.

Later she drove a school bus in the White School area, as well as belonging to the Wilson-White Community Club. Besides her responsibilities in the home raising her family, Edna helped Arthur in the field driving the tractor in the summer and during harvest. Many times she sold vegetables, eggs, and turkeys to families in Lethbridge.

Arthur was one of the original founders of the Farmers Union of Alberta and an organizer of the Coaldale Rural Fire Association.

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