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Wilbert McLaren

In Alix, Alberta on November 18, 2016 at 8:06 PM

From “McLaren, Wilbert”

Wilbert McLaren was well known in the north of Alix District…. He was a native of the province of Quebec, obviously of British ancestry and had come to Alberta with his father and brother, James.  He is remembered by his neighbours for all the carpentering and building he did, Rosses’ (Butlers’), Cormack’s (sic) (Webbs’),  Key’s (now Raybould’s)[1973] are just a few.

Mr. McLaren Sr. claimed that any carpenter worth his salt could put up a house without a level or a square; all he needed was a good eye.  Needless to say, some of his buildings while sturdily constructed were, to say the least, unique.

Wilbert was a trained carpenter, used a square, and was a thorough workman.  Any of the houses he constructed are still standing in 1973, except one or two taken down by human hands.

From Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

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