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Harry White and
Rose Gresl White

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 596-597

Harry was born in Lethbridge in 1892, son of Charles and Annie White (nee Vere).

As a boy Harry worked with his father on the approaches to the high level railroad bridge at Lethbridge. They used horses and fresnos. Then, while still a youth, Harry worked as a teamster delivering coal in Lethbridge by wagon. When he was old enough he worked in the coal mine at Lethbridge. Later he was employed as a coal miner in Coalhurst, and advanced to being a driver boss there. One of his specialities was splicing the steel cables that were used in the mines.

He married Rose Gresl in Lethbridge in 1914. Rose was born in Czechoslovakia in 1897, and came to Canada when she was nine years old.

While living in Coalhurst, Harry was able to acquire several houses. Money became very scarce, and people could not pay for houses, so had to trade with whatever they had. Harry traded one small house for a cow, and a larger house for two cows and three weiner pigs. These houses were moved to farms near Coalhurst. The lots were of no value and reverted back to the Village for unpaid taxes.

In 1936 Harry went to Pincher Creek, to the farm that he owned there; and in 1938 to Bellevue, where he worked in the coal mines until he retired. They had six children, all were born in Coalhurst except one.  Alexander and James are deceased.

Three of Harry and Rose's sons enlisted in the armed forces during the Second World War. James served in the paratroops in France. Another son served in the Army Service Corps in North Africa, Italy and Europe. A third son was in the Calgary Tanks. He was taken a prisoner at Dieppe and was not released until the end of the war.

Harry White passed away in 1968. Rose White passed away in 1977.

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