My father, David Roger Smith, was born in Dunfermlin, Fifeshire, Scotland in 1885, and migrated to Canada at an early age. I believe he worked on the construction of the tunnels on the C.P.R. line in B. C.
He served overseas in World War 1, ending up in Edmonton with the rank of Sgt. Major, where he was demobilized. He married Grace Bosworth, who was born in London, England in 1885, sometime during the war. Their first child, Nancy, was born in Edmonton in 1917. They moved to Coalhurst sometime after that as my brother Dave, was bom there in 1923. 1 believe my father worked with the boilers in the coal mines. I recall being told that Nancy had scarlet fever and that she, my mother and brother were quarantined in the house and my father had to stay elsewhere and drop off food at the front door as it was needed.
During their stay in Coalhurst my family became acquainted with the Nicol family and that friendship has developed and remained firm throughout the years. Nancy and Dave used to spend their summer holidays either with the Nicol's in Kipp, or with Mary and Russ Clifton in Coalhurst (after the family moved to Calgary) and some of the Nicol children would come up to Calgary for a holiday. I am not sure when they moved to Calgary, but I was born in Calgary in 1927. My father worked for the Dominion Government in the Post Office building until his retirement in 1950. My mother passed away in the spring of 1953 and my father passed away in the fall of 1956.
My sister, Nancy, married and spent a couple of years in Ottawa during the wartime years while her husband served overseas. When he returned, they moved to Victoria, B.C. They had one daughter. Nancy contracted polio during the epidemic in 1953, and passed away in the fall of that year.
My brother Dave, served overseas with the R.C.C.S. during the Second World War. He married while overseas and they returned to Canada at the end of the war, and Dave became a Sanitary Inspector. He worked in Calgary and Saskatoon for a couple of years and then moved to Victoria, B.C. They had one son and one daughter. Dave passed away suddenly in 1967.
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