from “Gordon Handley”

In Bashaw, Clive AB on June 9, 2020 at 9:13 PM

From “Gordon Handley”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

J.T. Handley and family came from Oston, Ontario in the early 1900’s, homesteading on the Oro farm. Their son Robert Handley married Lorena Thomas. They have two children, Gordon and Mildred.  Shortly after they were married, he went to Edmonton to study for the United Church Ministry.  He was the first United Church minister in Bashaw in 1913. 

 Mildred the oldest was born in the Bashaw Parsonage.  Later Robert was called to Bowden…their son Gordon was born in this Parsonage, at Bowden. Robert then enlisted in the R.C.A.F. as a pilot, moving his family to Toronto while he was stationed at Camp Borden.  Lorena and family returned to Clive district, settling on the Roy Thomas farm.  Mildred married Dan Hudkins and they have one son Norman.

Gordon married Dorothy Bennett of Mirror in 1939.  Gordon as a youth fixed clocks and watches….gifted as a jack of all trades…. He worked with Dick Neilson in Neilson’s ….. [and later] took over the garage formerly owned by Harold Summerville.

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