First of all I would like to make it quite clear that information on the John Watmough family is a little harder to find than that of Thomas and Charlie. John Watmough was born in West Leigh, Lancashire, England on November 20, 1871. He was the fifth son of Thomas and Ann (Marsden) Watmough. He started working in the coal mines in Lancashire, England, at a early age. He married Kathym Foster in 1895 (Kathym was born in 1867 in Lancashire). They had one daughter who was born in England on July 19, 1897. They came to Lethbridge in 1898 and lived in North Lethbridge for several years. They homesteaded the N.W. V4-4-9-22 on August 7, 1905 they proved up on October 28, 1910. A son was born in 1900, in Lethbridge. A daughter was born in 1902.
Kate, as she was often called, did the janitor work at the school for several years. The children attended the West Lethbridge School until they moved to Coalhurst in about 1916. John hauled water for the people of Coalhurst and likely worked in the coal mine.
They later moved to the Smythe Kennedy farm on the N.E.-22-9-22. Smythe Kennedy was a bachelor so Kate did the housework while John did the outside work. Uncle Jack, as he was called, was always busy. When he wasn't milking the cows or cleaning out the barns, he was fixing the fence. Every so often he would sit down and smoke his pipe and the neighbors who went by stopped to chat with him and pick up the latest gossip. They used to sell the cream to make money for their groceries. Uncle Jack was cheerful and friendly and just wandered around the neighborhood visiting in his leisure hours. He often stopped at Jim Potts place to see if they had any cold "tae" in the " taepot ". Jack and Kate were both kind to their many grandchildren who lived close by, in fact one grandson lived with them for many years. They lived on the farm until 1940 when Kate passed away. Uncle Jack and Smythe Kennedy moved to Shaughnessy in 1941 where they lived in a small house until Uncle Jack passed away on April 4, 1946. Smythe Kennedy passed away a few years later.
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