from “Harold Hilton Hecht – by Mrs. Maude Hecht”

In 1930s Depression, Business, Museums, North Star, Organizations, Pioneer Farming, Sargent District, School Trustees, Settlers on April 8, 2019 at 11:45 AM

From “Harold Hilton Hecht – By Mrs. Maude Hecht”

From Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974

Harold Hilton Hecht was born in 1896 in Republican City,Nebraska, the oldest of five children. In 1905, his widowed mother Mrs. Annie Hecht and Grandmother Mrs. Hance,brought the young family to the Sargent district, southeast of Clive.  The children got their schooling at Sargent. 

At a very early age Harold worked out for other farmers, baled hay, broke land, threshed with an old steamer, also drilled wells….

In 1922 he married Maude Viola Morrical, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Morrical.  They rented land in the district, also worked for two years at Erskine for Sim Clark. 

In 1931 they moved to their own farm north of Haynes, the N.E. ¼ of 16-39-24-4 where he farmed and raised cattle.  Harold hauled coal into Clive from the river to sell, graded roads with horses and slip to pay taxes.  He was a trustee for North Star School, also a member of the Order of Oddfellows for a number of years, and belonged to the Wheat Pool.  He served many years on the Municipal Council for Lamerton District. He operated a threshing outfit and threshed for many of his neighbours. 

They rented the farm out in 1950and ran the coffee shop in Clive, a busy place in those days with all the oil drillers and truckers.  They bought his mother’s place in Clive…. Harold worked for Crown Paving in Edmonton nearly eight years.  In 1960 they sold the farm to John Stone of Alix. Harold died of a heart attack March 31, 1962,

They had two children Hilton Joseph… [and] Helen Rose McKinney….

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