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The Reverend G. J. Coulter White

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A History of the White, Wilson, McMahon,
River Junction School Districts Page 461

The work of the Baptist church in Lethbridge had its beginning when the Rev. G.J. Coulter White and his wife came in the autumn of 1900. There were a few of the Baptist faith already here and in March, 1901 a mission was established under the Baptist Home Mission Board. A building was erected on Third Ave. at Ninth Street, and on Feb. 2, 1902, the church was opened. Mr. White was living on a farm four miles out of Lethbridge during the summer, but in the winter he occupied rooms in the church.

He purchased his irrigated farm from the Galts in 1902, and called it "Edge Hill Farm" because of its situation on the edge of Six Mile coulee. (It later became the Stewart Game Farm.) His neighbours included W.H. Fairfield immediately to the north, Charles Parry Sr. to the northeast, and D.J. Whitney to the northwest. What was probably the first Sunday School picnic for the Baptists of Lethbridge was held at Mr. White's farm during the summer of 1902.

When a new school district was formed southeast of town the building was named White's School after Mr. White.

The Whites had three children: One daughter attended White School.

Items from the Lethbridge Herald:

Lethbridge Herald, Jan. 10, 1906 -- Rev. G.J.C. White and wife left on Saturday morning for a trip to B.C.

Lethbridge Herald, Feb. 14, 1906 - - The daughter of G.J.C. White had a narrow escape from a serious accident last week. She was alone in the rig when the horses dashed across the prairie dragging the reins after them. She was thrown out, but beyond a slight shaking up, she was uninjured.

Lethbridge Herald, Feb. 17,1906 -- Rev. G.J.C. White and Mrs. White have returned from their intended trip to the coast. They report a delightful time and are full of praises of the beautiful scenery of the Rockies and of the great possibilities and attractions of the Pacific Province.

Lethbridge Herald, March 29,1906 -- It is understood that the Rev. G.J. C. White intends selling his farm on the "ditch". He will take a trip west and later locate in British Columbia.

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