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T. E. Skeith and
Ethel Boynton Spooner Skeith

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 512-513

T. E. Skeith was born in Comwall, Ontario on December 2, 1879. After high school he worked in a grocery store for four to six months for nothing, supposedly to learn his job. Sometime later, in 1900, he moved to Minnesota and worked for various lumber companies until coming to Alberta. He married Ethel Boynton Spooner of St. Paul, Minnesota on September 17, 1908. Mrs. Skeith was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Their first child, Robert Howard, was born at White Bear Lake, Minnesota on July 19, 1909.

T. E. Skeith, his wife Ethel, and their son Robert, settled in Kipp where he operated a store until 1912. At this time he built a forty-eight by fifty foot store in Coalhurst, that had three rooms at the rear for living quarters. Mr. Skeith served on the Coalhurst School Board and he also served as Justice of the Peace, for two or three years. Their second child, a son, was born in Coalhurst. In 1915 the family moved to New Dayton where T. E. Skeith operated a general store until 1934. He became postmaster in 1919 and retired March 30, 1957. Other children in the Skeith family were: a son who was born in Lethbridge, Alice Lorraine born in New Dayton, April 16, 1922 another son born in Lethbridge

. The Skeiths acquired their first land about 1917 and this was where the home place was. Their eldest son has been working on the home farm ever since he was a young boy. He retired from active farming at the age of 65 and has rented the land.

Due to failing health, Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Skeith moved to Lethbridge in 1964. T. E. Skeith died July 30, 1965 and Mrs. Skeith passed away March 2, 1976 at the age of 92. Robert (Bob) Skeith died November 6, 1979 and Lorraine Skeith died October 28, 1978 in Paris, France.

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