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August Plunet and
May Berezay Plunet

Heritage of the High Country
A History of Del Bonita and Surrounding Districts
Pages 471-472
by Gene Plunet

August Plunet was born in Lannion, France in 1886. He first came to Canada in 1906, where he worked on a farm at Oshawa, Ontario for a year. It was here he first learned to speak English.

He returned to Jersey Island and married May Berezay. She was born in 1890. They came back to Ontario, Canada, and worked there for two years. Their first child, Aline, was born there.

In 1910 they came west to the Cardston district, and took up a homestead at Whiskey Gap, Alberta.

To get established on the homestead, they worked several places around the country. In 1911 they worked on a ranch south of Cardston for Sim Woolf. Their son was born there. Sometime between 1913 and 1915, the U.S. Reclamation was building an irrigation canal from St. Mary's to North Fork of the Milk River. This is about four miles south of the U.S. border. This work was all done with horses. The Plunets got work there. May was cook and August was stable boss. August's main job was to fit all horses with the right size collar, which is very important, as all horsemen know. With the money they made, they improved their home and bought a few cows and horses.

August was very active in community affairs. He served on the school board for many years, and also was Justice of the Peace. Many school teachers boarded with them. In 1919-20, he was mail carrier. He delivered mail from Taylorville to Whiskey Gap (Fareham). Taylorville post office was at Julius Nelson's, and Whiskey Gap post office was at William Harper's. It was a very bad winter; feed was scarce and many livestock died that winter. August's horse was one of them, but the mail went through as August carried it on "shank's pony'.

In 1929-30, the railroad was being built to Whiskey Gap. August worked on this, driving a dump wagon. He was present when the first train arrived.

In 1938, August, May, and a daughter went to France and Jersey Island to visit August's mother and their daughter, Aline.

They spent several winters on Vancouver Island with a son and daughter who live there.

In 1945 they sold their farm and moved to the village of Whiskey Gap, where they resided till their passing. May passes away at Cardston in January 1953. August passed away at Nanaimo, B.C. in 1960.

Their children are Aline of Jersey Island, (deceased), another daughter and two sons.

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