Jim was born March 29, 1900, in Stafford, Montana, the son of William and Elizabeth Simpson. Jim had four brothers and five sisters. The Simpson family came to Alberta by horse and wagon in the early 1900's. They settled at Boundry Creek where they ranched until moving to Spring Coulee. Jim was always called on to help the ranchers if they had problems at calving time. Jim was a great square dance caller. He called all of the square dances in the Boundry Creek area, when he was a young man. Jim also loved to play the mouth organ.
Sylvia was born in Cardston, October 9, 1908, the daughter of Frank and Ruth Jessop. She had four brothers and three sisters. Jim and Sylvia were married in Cardston, December 16, 1925. They were parents of seven children, five girls and two boys. The Simpsons moved to Spring Coulee, where Sylvia ran the hotel and Jim drove the school bus. Sylvia was noted for her great cooking and quilting as well as her hand work. She made many quilts for her family.
The Simpsons made many great friends in Spring Coulee. Their three youngest children attended school in Spring Coulee. The Simpson family semi-retired to Pincher Creek. Jim missed the cattle, so he helped his son-in-law on his cattle ranch.
Sylvia continued her great cooking. Her home was always open to friends and family.
Jim and the two boys spent each fall big game hunting and fishing.
Sylvia and Jim celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 16, 1985.
Sylvia passed away March 29, 1987. Their daughter Julia passed away April 14, 1987. Jim passed away February 20, 1989.
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