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Billy & Leone (Haynes) Gilbert

In Cattle, Farming, Ghost Pine, Haynes, Hopedale, North Star, Pleasant Valley, School, School Teachers, Settlers on October 31, 2020 at 3:06 PM

From “Billy Gilbert”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

In the summer of 1893 Billy Gilbert and his friend Billy Morrical left Randolff, Iowa, bound for Canada, driving a team of mules and a covered wagon.  They came through the Dakota’s and Montana and reported a very dry season on these parts.  Water had to be carried in a barrel, on the wagon, for men and mules, and it was hoped it would last until the next source of water could be reached.  The dry weather created large cracks in the ground, near what is now Lethbridge country, that had to be driven around as they were too wide to cross.

In September they arrived in the Pleasant Valley District, four miles north of the present village of Haynes.  Billy Gilbert homesteaded theS.E.28-39-24 W4 and some years later bought the N.E. ¼ of the same section from a Mr. Kenear (homesteaded by W.O. Chapman.)

A log house was built after some difficulty on the homestead quarter. The logs which were cut near the Red Deer River, were washed away during highwater, and a second lot had to be cut.

In 1895 he went to Nelson, B.C. and obtained work in an ore mine. While there he met a girl whom he had met before at Haynes.  She was Leone Haynes, daughter of another early settler, that the town of Haynes was named after.  They returned to Haynes and were married at Innisfail in 1898.  Their daughter Jessie was born in 1900 and became a school teacher, teaching in many places like Brookfield, Hopedale, North Star and Ghost Pine, where she met and married Earl Ruby….

Herbie Gilbert, Jessie’s adopted brother… lived in Red Deer where he started the Red Deer Auto Racing Club.

The Gilberts improved their land and operated a post office from their house about 1905 to 1911, then they moved to Edmonton … until [in] 1914 they came back to take up farming and raising cattle….

He bought the NW ¼ of 21-39-24-W4 from the CPR and the SW1/4 21-39-24 from J.L. Jackson….

In 1921 Billy was seriously hurt when his Fordson tractor reared over backwards breaking his pelvis and leg.  As a result he suffered ill health…. [H]e managed to stay with the old homestead until he passed away Christmas Eve 1933.  In 1944 the place was sold to Dick Waddy….

Mrs. Gilbert passed away in June, 1957….

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