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Adam Walkingshaw and
Margaret McIntosh Walkingshaw

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 568-569
by Cecilia Fox

In 1912 at the ripe old age of nineteen, Adam left Scotland and all his family and came to Lethbridge. When the First World War started in 1914, he joined the Canadian Army and served in France for the next four years.

While on leave in Scotland, he met Margaret McIntosh and they were married in Edinburgh in 1919. In 1920, Adam returned to Canada and settled in Coalhurst. Margaret and a daughter followed in 1921. In 1922, they had another daughter.

Then in 1926, they bought one hundred and sixty acres, three miles north-east of Coalhurst and had to fence it and plow the virgin prairie. They built a house and planted their first crop in 1927. In 1930, a son was born in Coalhurst and the family was complete.

During the thirties we managed to keep a phone at the farm so the neighbors for miles around came to use the phone and visit. This way we kept in touch with the affairs (sometimes happy and sometimes sad) of the surrounding farmers, and it never ceased to amaze us kids how much our mother and dad would do for others when the need arose. Everyday in the summer, our ditch-rider, George Black would stop by on his rounds and mother always had a cup of tea ready for him. We didn't have much money in those days but we always ate well and had fun as a family.

All three children were educated in Coalhurst and later, Lethbridge. We had three long cold miles to go to school, and either rode horses (bareback) or rode in an Irish jaunting cart, which dad made for us -complete with rubber tires which were forever getting flats. In the spring and fall the horses were needed on the farm, so we walked.

In 1946, mom and dad sold the farm and moved to Lethbridge where they resided until Adam passed away in February, 1972 and Margaret in April, 1978.

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