Arthur Whillier Family - Alberta & B.C.
Hello, I am researching the Whillier family and believe that I have found a connection. I am researching the Family of Arthur Whillier and although I did not have his wife's name I do see a connection based on the date and place of her death. Below is a Family tree for Arthur Whillier's family as well as an article from the 1979 book "Homesteads and Happiness". Any information that anyone could add would be great. Thanks.
FAMILY TREE FOR ARTHUR WHILLIER
Arthur Whillier d: November 1940
. +UNKNOWN d: April 1955 (Had 7 Children in total, only 3 listed below).
.... 1 Bert Whillier
.... 2 Bob Whillier
.... 3 Reg Whillier
...... +Mary E Gant b: Bef. 1910 m: October 1929
.......... 1 Betty Whillier
............ +Jim McNeil
................ a Kathy McNeil
................ b Mitchell McNeil
................ c Colleen McNeil
.......... 2 Don Whillier
.......... 3 David Whillier
.......... 4 Dorothy Whillier
............ +R Tyler
.......... 5 Shirley Whillier
............ +E Kruetzfell
.......... 6 Tom Whillier
Book: Homesteads and Happiness.
Publisher: Eckville and District Historical Society.
Pages: 911, 912.
THE WHILLIER FAMILY
The Whillier family came to the Medicine Valley in October of 1918, from Forest Lawn, east of Calgary. They settled on the N.W. 27-40-4-W5 (on the old Pat McNulty place.) The family consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Whillier, Bert, Bob, and Reg. Three daughters were married and never came with the family. An older son had been killed overseas the previous years in World War I.
Mr. Whillier was a bricklayer by trade, and built many of the first chimneys in the valley, as well as the odd fireplace. He built the first chimney in the Gilby Hall.
In 1920 they bought the J. Huseby homestead S.E. 28-40-4-W5. Reg went to the Medicine Valley School for one term. The other boys had left school and spent most of their time working out when their help was not needed at home.
In 1927 Reg rented land owned by Frank Clevenger, now owned by Mrs. Stears. He farmed this land for three years, as well as farming his parent's land and the J. Severson land for several years. In October of 1929 Reg was married to Mary Gant, and they lived on the old place until 1969. Mr. and Mrs. Whillier left the Valley for Vancouver in 1932. They lived there for many years. Mr. Whillier passed away in November of 1940 and Mrs. Whillier died in April of 1955.
Reg and Mary's family consisted Don of Slave Lake, David of Edmonton, Dorothy (Mrs. R. Tyler) of Calgary, Shirley (Mrs. E. Kruetzfell) of Saskatoon, Betty (Mrs. J. McNeil) of Wetaskewin, and Tom of Valleyview.
In 1969 Reg and Mary sold their farm to Bob and Marge Sears and retired to Lacombe, where they are living at this time.
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