Andrew Peterson was eighteen years old when he left Manti, Utah. He came to Alberta because there was no work in that area for young people and he had friends in Spring Coulee. He lived in the community for ten years from 1898 to 1908.
When Andrew arrived in 1898 there was nothing between Cardston and Lethbridge except tall grass and wagon trail. He stayed with his friends, the Shoemakers and when they started to break their farmland he worked for them. He helped break the land on the east side of Ken Long's farm using a two bottom breaking plough and horses.
His brother and sister-in-law, Amos and Estelle Peterson came in 1903 or 1904. Andrew and Amos farmed together then but I am not sure where.
In the winter of 1906 when they got the bad storm, the only way they could get to Magrath was to go on the narrow gauge rail road tracks as the snow was three feet deep on the level.
Dad said the prairie hay was so good that one fall after freeze up he was able to go out and mow enough hay that filled the haymow.
One year there was a flood in Spring Coulee. Dad and others went to a dance in the evening and when they went home they couldn't cross the creek.
In 1908 Andrew Peterson bought a farm in Magrath community and married Ina Finlayson in 1914. Ina, my mother was from Utah as well.
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