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JOSEPH & FLORENCE FOGGIN
Born:18 Feb. 1888
Place:Acomb, Yorkshire, England
Died:7 Aug. 1964
Married:1 June 1912
Born:14 June 1888
Place:Stillingfleet, York, England
Died:31 Dec. 1971
Children:Joseph Powell Foggin
b. 4 Nov. 1914 Aetna, Alberta
d. 10 Jan. 1982
s. Dorinda June Swansen
b. 27 June 1919 Del Bonita, Alberta
d. 9 May 2012
s. Beth W. Strate
John Christopher William Foggin
b. 25 Dec. 1928 Del Bonita, Alberta
d. 26 June 1988
s. Muriel Grace Schlacter (div)
s. Julene Marilyn Kroeker
Joseph Foggin was born in Acomb, Yorkshire, England on February 18, 1888 to Thomas Foggin and Mary Powell.
His father was a coachman. Joseph was the 8th of 11 children. He was educated in Acomb, England. When he was old enough, Joe went to work on a farm in Leeds, England. While he was on this farm he met and courted Florence Binns.
Joseph made many friends, one was Ernest Dalton. Ernie came to Canada and when he went back to England, he told Grandpa that Canada was the place to be. Grandpa and Ernie came to Canada together in 1910. They worked their way across Canada on farms and or any job they could find that brought them out west. They arrived in Lethbridge in 1911, where they worked until the lease land was open for homesteads.
Grandpa was 5 feet 7 inches tall, with dark brown hair and grey eyes.
The year after Grandpa and Ernie arrived in Canada, Florence Binns and Ernie’s girlfriend came to Canada. Florence and Joseph were married in Lethbridge, Alberta on the 1st of June 1912, so was Ernie Dalton and his girlfriend. They moved to Del Bonita and homesteaded.
On April 8, 1912 people started to line up at the Land Office in Lethbridge to get land in southern Alberta. The problem was that the land opportunity didn’t start until May 1st. The Mayor and town decided to give out numbers at a cost of one dollar, so that they could come back on the first of May and line up again in the same order. This turned out well with a peaceful land rush. In order to keep the land, they had to live on it for six months out of the year, and break 30 acres of ground in the first three years. Horses were needed most, and they pooled horses, because it took six to pull a breaking plow. Grandpa and Grandma both worked part time for ranchers, and Grandma worked as a nurse/midwife to make money to buy horses, cattle and other needs.
Florence was a nurse and delivered many of the babies on the lease as it was referred to. She was a good nurse, but stern. She had a horse and a single buggy so she could get around to deliver babies, and to nurse the sick when necessary.
Joseph’s cattle pasture was next to the border and he kept losing cattle. He went and accused the Indians that lived in Montana of stealing his cattle. They threatened to kill him and he had to fight them off with the singletree from his wagon. When he got home, he took all his cattle and sold them, and never had cattle again.
Their first son Powell was born 4 November, 1914, second son George was born 27 June 1919, followed by third son John Christopher William on 25 December 1928.
World War One came along and in 1916 Grandpa left his wife and his small son Powell and went off to war. His brother James joined him. Grandpa was in the Princess Patricia Light Infantry, and was gone for two years. He was in the cavalry and drove the leaders around. Grandpa said that the man in charge of the stables made the men clean out the stables with their hands, they were not allowed to use forks or shovels. Sound gross to me.
In 1922 they built a new house and barn. At times Grandma would take in boarders, 3 school teachers and a United Church Minister.
In 1931 the Old Timer’s Association was organized. Grandpa served as Vice President, and they both served on the school board at different times.
Grandpa decided the community needed a place for recreation, so he and his sons Powell, George, and Chris built a dance hall. In the spring of 1939 they purchased the land just east of the Fisher Store from Stanley Weiss. As soon as spring seeding was finished they started to build the hall. The community came out to help pour cement for the basement. They decided a Quonset type building would be best. The hall was 40 feet by 60 feet, and was built quickly with so many volunteers helping out. Dad (George) said the worst job was laying the hardwood floor. His knees were so sore he could hardly walk. The first dance was held in the open air on the sub floor in August 1939. Gas lamps were hung to light up the dance floor. The Anderson Sisters Orchestra provided the music for this first dance. After it was completed they got a power plant put under the front porch to provide light. Everyone brought their children to the dances. When the children got tired they were put to bed on quilts behind the piano or by the stove in the basement. They sold hot dogs, gum, candy, cigarettes, coffee, and pop. Music was usually provided by the locals. Dad and Mom’s (George & Beth) wedding dance was held there in October 1940. The New Years Eve Dance in 1946 was a long one. A blizzard came up and so the orchestra moved to the basement close to the furnace – piano and all – to play. They played till the early morning when the blizzard finally quit.
Grandma and Grandpa Foggin went back to England for a visit in 1937. They sailed on the Queen Mary and arrived at Southampton England on December 20th. They came back on the Queen Mary arriving at the New York port on April 4th, 1938.
They sold the farm in 1947, and moved to Lethbridge. When they moved to Lethbridge they bought a large house near the brewery and Grandma took in boarders.
Grandma could bend over and touch her hands to the floor with no trouble. She would never bend her knees when getting things out of the bottom drawers and Grandpa always commented that she’s showing off her knickers again.
Next they moved to 5 acres just on the outskirts of Lethbridge. Grandma had a large garden that was great. This is where I stayed while going to beauty school. I would make a breakfast sandwich for me and Grandpa in the morning. He really seemed to appreciate it, but Grandma didn’t like them. I know he loved me even though he never said it. I wish he had been more talkative and I could have found out more about his life.
Grandpa was a gentle man who never had much to say. He always watched the evening news on their little black and white television, and usually ate supper there. Grandpa always like his meals on time, and he always had to have potatoes at least once a day.
My Grandpa Joseph was the world’s worst driver. When we drove anywhere I spent a lot of time on the floor in the back, in fear. It didn’t matter if we were coming off a side street or on the main street, Grandpa always said he had the right of way, and he would just go through, with people honking at him. Grandma just sat placidly beside him and never said a word. I think God must have had a big sign over Grandpa’s car that said “LOOK OUT”, because he never had an accident.
Joseph Foggin died on August 7th, 1964 at the age of 76. Florence (Binns) Foggin died on December 31, 1971 at the age of 83. They had fifteen grandchildren and twenty eight great-grandchildren. They are both buried in Lethbridge.
By: His granddaughter Winona Foggin Thomas