Herbert Allen lived in the Spring Coulee District from 1908 to his retirement in 1960 in Lethbridge. He was the son of Henry Andrew Walter and Rose Margaret (Enos) Walter. Born in 1894.
He attended High School and Washington State College, farming through May to mid September months with his father and brothers. From WSU he enlisted in the 5th Reg. Army Division of the US Marines. After a bout of Diphtheria at Mare Island he proceeded overseas and was in action in Belleau Woods and Chateau Thierry. In June 1918 Soisons, in July St Mihiel and was wounded in the battle in Champagne in October. He spent three months in the US Army Hospital in Orleana and then five months with the army of occupation at Coblenz returning home on his birthday, August 23 1919. He farmed and ranched with his father until his marriage to Sybil Hesketh of Taber in 1920.
Herb attended the United Church in Raley and Spring Coulee and the Anglican Church in Cardston until he transferred to Spring Coulee only. He was very active in Masonic and Shrine circles. Was a past District Grand Master of the Maple Leaf Chapter of the O.E.S. Lethbridge in 1944. Herb and Sybil moved to their farm Larkdale in 1921.
Sabina (Sybil) Hesketh had taught school six months in Raley, then in Taber where she was also Music and Art Teacher in the public school. She came from England in 1912. Born in Nottingham of Irish Scotch descent. She came to Canada equipped with two scholarships and vocal training. After marriage this was continued and she taught piano, voice and theory for some sixteen years twice a week, driving to the homes of pupils through all seasons on dirt roads. All pupils in Spring Coulee. Bradshaw, Raley, Cardston and at the St. Paul's Indian School took the Royal Schools of Music exams with the examiners coming at that time from London to Canada and to all parts of the Commonwealth. Many, including her own children received Honors or Distinction and invariably used the units in High School. There were several received First Place in Lethbridge and Provincial Festivals. The Indians in 1936 co-tied with those in the British West Indies to obtain 50% Honors and Distinction.
Sybil was soloist often in O.E.S. work in different parts of Alberta and soloist and choir leader in the Anglican Church, Cardston for many years. Her last choir was one of sixty trained voices from Lethbridge for the Rotary Peace Park Ceremony in Waterton in the 30s. Other talents were gardening, painting and weaving. In the later years she obtained the London District Weavers scholarship and attended the Banff School of Fine Arts, ribbons and first prizes for the Canadian national, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg and was chosen to represent Alberta and Canada Weaving with samples of her work. She holds the Banff School and Canada Weaver's Association Certificates.
She also was a Past President of the Spring Coulee P.T.A., Red Cross, and Past Worthy Matron of the Maple Leaf Chapter, Lethbridge and Past President of the Mathesis Club.
Three children where born to Herb and Sybil, one son and two daughters.
Outstanding highlights of Herb's 58 years in Spring Coulee. He turned a plowed field into a beautifully landscaped home. In the first little house surrounded by lilacs, Herb managed to build a room for each of the first two children, then a new modern home in a beautiful setting. The lovely view of the mountains, lake and often the geese skimming the sunset sky, the flowers, trees, lawns truly reflect the Golden Years.
The hail, blizzards and various other difficulties shared by our many friends were all part of the weft woven into the warp of Spring Coulee, but colored by many highlights after all.
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