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Dr. George Blair Hutchinson Rose

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Page 499

My father, Dr. George Blair Hutchinson Rose was born in Elora, Ontario on February 14, 1888. His father was a Methodist Minister, and had been Dean of the Presbytery at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, when he received an offer to go to Toronto to be Pastor at the Bloor Street Methodist Church, which was due to open in the fall of 1887. He moved his wife and five children to Toronto in April of 1887 to watch the completion of his new church and be settled in, ready for the opening. It happened that there were strikes in those days too, and the men at the Stone Quarry which was supplying the granite for both Bloor Street church and the new T. Eaton Co. store also being built, were striking for higher wages so the opening of the church was delayed.

The Reverend Rose was asked to go to Elora, Ont., a small hamlet near Toronto to fill in for a Minister who was seriously ill. He did this and was residing there when my father was born. That same year, the Reverend Wm. Rose contracted typhoid fever and died leaving his young widow with six children - the oldest being eight, to raise on a minister's pension. The church does educate its legacy however. so all his six children were able to go to University for Normal school or in training so they suffered no hardships that way.

When the youngest, Blair Rose, graduated from Toronto University in the spring of 1912, he was able to get a practice at a T. B. Sanatarium in the Muskoka Lakes area of Ontario where he also looked after the men of a nearby lumber camp.

While at Muskoka he saw an advertisement in the Toronto Paper for a young doctor to go as a Locum to a small mining town in Alberta, Diamond City. Dr. D'Arc the resident doctor there was taking a leave of absence to go to England and further his studies form six months. Dr. Rose was accepted as the locum and when Dr. D'Arc returned from England he found the neighboring town of Coalhurst was a reality and a new mine was opening there. He asked Dr. Rose to stay on as a partner which he gladly accepted. When the mine opened the miners wanted the doctor to be resident in their town so Dr. Rose moved to Coalhurst in 1914. He lived in a batch with Joe DeHart, the mine manager and Jake McLeod. Soon they were joined by another doctor as the load was too heavy for one man and Dr. Inkrote came to help out. Dr Rose remained in Coalhurst till 1918. During this time he had married one of the young ladies from a nearby ranch Alice Davis and they had two girls.

Dr. Rose went to Taber in 1918 from Coalhurst and from there to Hillcrest, Alberta in the Crowsnest Pass - another mining community. He remained in Hillcrest until 1939 when that mine closed down at which time he moved to Claresholm, Alberta to set up another practice. He remained in Claresholm until his death in 1963.

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