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Charles White and
Annie Vere White

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Page 596

Charles White was born in Italy on March 17, 1864. He came to Lethbridge when he was seventeen. He married Annie Vere in Lethbridge, about 1890. They lived in Lethbridge where Charles worked as a teamster, hauling gravel, and delivering coal to homes. He worked with his son Harry on the approaches to the high level bridge. Then he moved to Coalhurst area where he farmed. He also worked on the tipple at Coalhurst. He had to retire when he was in his fifties because of blindness. When he walked down the street he would run his cane all along the picket fence to direct himself. He would be smoking his old clay pipe as he went along, with his old dog, Scottie, trailing behind him.

Charles' wife, Annie, was an excellent midwife and delivered many babies in both Lethbridge and Coalhurst. She cared for them for nine or ten days, until their own mothers were able to care for them. She even delivered some of her own grandchildren.

One day when Annie was berry-picking near the river bank, she left her son Harry in his carriage, peacefully sleeping nearby. A cloudburst came and swept the buggy down into the river. Eight hours later Harry was discovered, caught up in a barbed wire fence. The buggy was never recovered.

Charles and Annie had eight children - five girls and three boys. Harry (deceased) married and they spent their last years in Bellevue. They had six children.

Mary (deceased) was the second oldest. She married Arthur Baroldi of Coalhurst, and then of Taber. They had four children. Mary was widowed and later remarried.

Helen (deceased) married and moved to the United States. They had four girls.

Peter died as a baby.

Charles (deceased) was the last child. He was killed in the Coalhurst mine when he was twenty-two. He had been working on haulage in the mine.

Charles White Sr., died in 1941. Annie White died in 1947.

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