I don’t know when he immigrated to North America… he was a very good bricklayer, and was able to travel around in the United States from job to job. He eventually moved into Canada, and settled in the area of Edmonton, Alberta.
Winnifred Jane Clarke was born in Rugby, England, January 28th, 1897. She came to Canada with her family, but I don’t know the date. They settled in the same area. There were 5 girls and one boy in her family, so there were lots of unattached young men hanging around.
At one point of time, the community decided they needed to have an official name, so they held a town meeting to decide what it would be. Everyone had a different name for the area. Finally, someone picked Harry’s two brothers and told them to go in the back room and decide what it would be. They were very original thinkers, so chose, what else… Barrhead, Alberta!
Harry and Winnifred were married 16 October 1917 In Edmonton. They homesteaded, living in a cabin with a dirt floor. ..probably in Mellowdale, Alberta, north of Edmonton. My husband’s birth certificate lists Mellowdale.
Their 50th wedding anniversary was approaching, so the family decided to celebrate the occasion by having an “open house”. You know, where you go and stay for a while, then leave… but no one left. We had wall to wall people in Ray’s house. One cousin even said “They think I’m a wall… they are leaning on me.”
When my lace tablecloth was returned to me I was in for a shock. Having been put in a washer and dryer, it was quite a bit smaller!