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William Albiston
and Elizabeth Hargraves

Chief Mountain Country
pages 223 - 224

William was born March 3, 1854 at Stalybridge Lancashire, England. He was a foreman in the Baldwin Locomotive Works in England and also a bandsman there. William Albiston first settled in Smithfield, Utah after joining the L.D.S. Church with his family in England. His wife, Elizabeth (Hargraves) Albiston was a direct descendant of John Hargraves who invented the spinning Jenny at the start of the industrial revolution in England. Elizabeth was born July 20, 1852 at Hollingwood, Lancashire, England.

When William came to Canada to find free land he with his family came on the train to Lethbridge and then to Cardston by stage coach. In due time he applied to Charles O. Card for a homestead. Mr. Card sent him to where Jefferson is now. He told him that if he took that land there would some day be elevators there. William complained at how rough the land was but he took the S.E.t/4 of section 36, range 24 where he built a cabin. Thomas, his son, took the NE.l/4 of Section 36, Range 24 where the elevators stand. Harry, another son, took the NE'/4 of Section 28, Range 24 and afterward lost this quarter.

William and Harry worked on the ditch at Kimball to help keep 'the wolf from the door'. William played for dances in the area, and once after they had been playing at the Adams hall in Kimball, Will lost his base fiddle out of the wagon. The old mare had put her hind feet through it. This put an end to his musical career. Many of the old timers will remember William's family for their musical abilities.

One can only imagine how difficult it was to be raised in a big city in England and then come this far to try to make a living in a small community such as Jefferson, being many miles from Cardston.

Elizabeth died February 14, 1908 at Cardston. William died March 30, 1914 in Frankberg, Alberta and was buried there. He had been living, at the time, with his daughter and son-in-law, Eda and Alex Campbell.

Their children are: Harry (name of spouse unknown), Eda (married Alexander Campbell), and Thomas.

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