This is a topic I would like to research.
My grandparents were CNR Settlers to Canada
in the 1920's. My grandfather James McAleese died in May of 1960 when I was quite young but I do recall a discussion he and my father Gerard had. Buildings all over the area they lived in in Co. Antrim Ireland had
posters showing a plow turning up a furrow and uncovering paper dollar bills. This was to entice settlers to the prairies of Canada.
My dad said that all they ever turned up were rocks!
Here are my Grand Parents and their children.
Margaret Louden and James McAleese were married in Plains Church , County Antrim, Ireland, in 1909. They came to Canada in 1926 with the CNR (Canadian National Railway)
Settlers., and took land in the Clandonald AB
district. They had ten children. Born in Ireland were Patrick, Samuel, Mary, infant Gerard deceased, Gerard, Elizabeth and Fredrick. In Canada were born Bertha, Joseph and Anthony. In 1934 the family moved to Elk Point district where they lived for two years before moving to Edmonton. James McAleese was a Stone Mason. His work can still be seen in Edmonton and Vancouver. In the 40's the
family moved to Vancouver BC except for
Gerard and Fred who stayed in Elk point. The ship they came to Canada on in 1926 was the Nontenurn. They had lived in Dun Down Derry Co. Antrim when they were in Ireland.
Comments by other CNR settlers descendants are welcomed.
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