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Stories of Pearl McDermand nee Gessleman from Pioneers & Progress

In Alix, Alberta on September 10, 2016 at 10:35 AM

The Pearl (Gessleman) McDermand Story from Two Articles in Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974,  Friesen, Calgary

From “The Gessleman Family – by Elaine Van Alstyne

One of the earlier families to settle in the Stanton District was that of … Mr. & Mrs. Edward Gessleman.  Their move to Canada occurred fairly early in life….[in 1912-13]

In March 1920….[t]he Gesslemans moved to a farm adjoining the land they had owned originally.  Living quarters had to be erected on the undeveloped land, so a hastily constructed garage was put up….But the house was not the only difficulty, they had no well, and, because of frozen ground did without one all that winter.  One thing they had plenty of, however, was snow, but as soon as that melted and the ground thawed, they dug what turned out to be a flowing well.

It was on July 30, 1920, that the Gessleman’s(sic) first daughter, Pearl Marie, was born.

From “Charles and Pearl McDermand”

We were both born and raised in the Stanton District, Charlie just east of the school, and Pearl, nee Pearl Gessleman, west of the school.  We were married in 1941 and lived in Charlie’s folks’ yard, in a small house that had been built of native poplar luber by Grandpa Mac in the early 1920’s.

In the fall of 1942, we moved our house a mile south…and started out on our own.

In 1966, we sold our dairy herd and went into beef cattle, after milking for 25 years.

One of the highlights of our life was when the power came to our area.

We have three children, Darryl… Lynne… and Gail.

We feel it is quite unique that we have both lived continuously within a two mile radius of our birthplace for over fifty years.

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