Happy Birthday Grieg and Great Gram!
My great grandmother, Ethel Rayner Spurr Ingram. I have been working on this post for a few days and discovered, to my great surprise, that she shares a birthday today with my brother Grieg! Very strange that of all the old pics I have, that these were the ones I chose to work on at this time! *
My great grandmother was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England Dec. 2nd, 1869 and died in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1960. She immigrated to Canada with her husband and 5 children Oct. 13, 1910. They homesteaded 7 miles northeast of Lethbridge at Crystal Lake. *
In 1914 her husband died and she and the children were not able to keep up the farm. She had to find places for all the older children to live and work. She kept her youngest daughter Agnes with her and they moved into a place they could afford in China town in Lethbridge, which also was part of the red light district. Often men would pound on the door at night and this terrorized young Aggie. In 1918, 4 years later, her oldest son came home from the war and they were able to move to a nicer place. *
The first pic is circa 1914. 2nd is 1916 with her grandchild Yvonne. 3rd pic is 1956 with my sister Val and brother Grieg. 4th pic is from 1959 with my mother Kay and myself. 5th pic is 1959 with my dad Allan and myself. *
I call this first pic, Roll up your sleeves and get to work! My great gram had no other choice. A strong determined woman who, from all accounts, was a lady through all the hardships. No doubt she influenced my grandmother, my mother, and all the family that came after her in ways that we are not even aware of. A true matriarch! *
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