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Howard Start and
Lillian Hoare

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 522-523
by Gladys Crighton

Howard born November 7,1883 - Died May 9, 1950 Lillian Hoare - born December 11, 1890 - died August 7, 1955 Married April 17, 1911 in Lethbridge.

Howard was born in Bideford, Devon, England. He came to Canada at an early age. Howard was employed as an electrician's helper at Diamond City, prior to working in the fan house at the Coalhurst Mine.

As he had been a member of the Boy's Brigade in England, he enlisted in the Imperial Navy at the outbreak of World War I (1914-1918). He served on submarines and ice breakers, attaining the rank of Coxswain. He was on the ice breaker that led the convoy into Archangel, Russia, and was also present at the Halifax harbor explosion in 1917. Their boat had just docked for supplies. For a time after 1918, he was stationed at Esquimalt, B.C. From then on, he was known as "The Skipper". Everyone enjoyed his wonderful stories about people and his wartime experiences.

Howard and Lillian lived at Kipp, then moved to Coalhurst about 1919. They had seven children, Wilfred is deceased.

For a time he was employed at the mine, but Howard will be remembered best as caretaker of the Coalhurst Schools. He also hauled the mail from the station to the Post Office for many years.

World War 11 (1939-1945) Howard Start volunteered, this time in the Home Guards, served at the Prisoner of War camps at Lethbridge and Kananskis.

He and Lillian were members of the Legion, the Oddfellows and the Rebeccas.

Former residents of Coalhurst will recall that the Start yard was used as a shortcut to uptown and Willis'store. To grow and save a rose was an achievement.

Howard died in 1950, his wife Lillian in 1955.

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