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I was born in Coalmont in 1924. My father, Albert Hudson, was a steam engineer at the power house. I attended the two-room school, as did my older sister, Ethel. My younger sister, Irene, was born there in 1932.

We left when Ethel finished grade eight because there was no high school there,


Added: February 24, 2012
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I have been writing my biography We lived in Coalmont for two periods of my childhood and have many memories.In 1923 attended Grade two in a one room school in what had previously been an Anglican Church.I seemed to remember Mrs. Mills as my teacher's name. She taught three grades and was good.A few years later,I went Grade five or six in a new school.We lived with my grandmother and my Uncle Bill Matheson in an apartment attached to Matheson Bro's store.They had a ranch two or three miles north of Manning Siding. Along with a couple of playmates, we were accused of some serious mischief One was setting fire to the livery stable. we were busy getting horses and cattle and Dr Sheffield's car out. The cause was discovered to be spontaneous combustion.Along with a couple of playmates, we were accused of some serious mischief. One was causing two railway cars loaded with coal to upset We were later exonerated when investigators found the cause to be an old and rusted break in a rail. The engineer made amends a week or so later by giving us a ride in the cab of the old steam locomotive while he went a few miles to Barnes Siding to get a couple of cars of lumber from my uncles sawmill to hook on the coal train to Vancouver,Needless to say we were thrilled when he let us pull the lever which fed steam to the cylinders. The other boys were Sonny Shaw and Vernon Nelson.

Added: January 1, 2012
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I lived there in an apartment connected to Matheson Bros, store. Attended one room school in grades 2 & 3 and later in a larger school.
There were three general stores in Coalmont then: Matheson Bros, Mactavish's and Rossiter's as well as a provincial liquor store. I remember several incidents and have included them in a biography I am writing.


Added: December 22, 2011
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Thanks for sharing this great history with us Ole! Nice to see the old photos and to go back in time to when my Grandparents and their children (Leona Brewer, my mother) lived this life. I am a decendant of the Rabbitt family. Keep up the wonderful work!!

Added: September 25, 2011
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I miss being there soon I should come back some day Will someone please check on Grandma for me

Added: September 14, 2011
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Coalmont is such a lovely place to visit to get away for a while. My family has been camping in Rice's field since before I was born, and now I'm bringing my kids. We last visited on Labour Day weekend, and had the pleasure of visiting the ice cream kiosk (and buying t-shirts!), meeting Rolly and his animals (what a nice time the kids had), and seeing the grand tour of the hotel. We learned about Hattie and were able to visit the site of her old home as well as her final resting place. How sad. Finally, I am looking forward to hearing when a DVD of the hotel 'investigation' may be available to the public. See you all again very soon!

Added: September 7, 2011
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My late husband and I loved our visit to and exploring Colemont and Granite City a few years ago. Hopefully I will return one day soon.

Added: August 3, 2011
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Glad to see the old town is still showing signs of life. It was my first home: My parents lived there when I was born in 1939 but we left in 1940 after Blakeburn closed and most of my father's business moved away.

The reunion was a blast! The organizers deserve a big "thank you" for their work, and so do the guys who are reopening the mine and who paid for the food. Diane Sterne's photo display also was excellent. Above all, it was a pleasure to meet up with some of my cousins and see old friends from my days in Princeton.


Added: July 26, 2011
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Hello , i've moved to Princeton in 1997, and of course venture pretty quickly to Coalmont, I Became a frequant visitor and will be forever am pretty sure..I Played music and tap my shoe in the bar, jam in the sunday after noon, and have had the plesure of sleeping there many time , after a night of too many, have camp on the Rice camp site, and Flag the Blakeburn Road while we where falling for the road to be widen...Beeing from the back wood of Quebec I must say that I feel right at home in Coalmont, Nice to have been there over and over again. Maggie Desbies
]Princeton


Added: July 8, 2011
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I lived and worked in Coalmont as co-owner of the Coalmont hotel. I was responsible for organizing the 1981 Blakeburn re-union

Added: July 6, 2011
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