| This account of the life of our parents George Whitfield Bachelder
and Margaret (Gauley) was written by Doris Petersen (Bachelder) from her
own recollections and from stories from our parents. Written on Jan.16,
Born October 24th, 1880 at Rougemont, Quebec. Youngest son
of Jethro and Sarah Bachelder.
While Daddy had the usual grade schooling- he spent one year in
Sabrevoix College, where he studied math and French. He got very good grades
Later on he got a job as callboy for the grand Trunk Railway at
London, Ontario. It was there he met Margaret Gauley. She was living with
an aunt and uncle after losing her parents.
He got sick working in the soft coal that was used to fire the engines. Soon he had to quit his job. At that time the western farmers had very good crops and needed help to harvest it. The government answered by advertising free passage west to anyone who wanted a job. He and Mamma and baby Fred arrived in Edmonton where he worked on the different farms where needed. The government set aside some ground for anyone who wanted to homestead. He got a quarter section at Bashaw, built a small house where Marietta and I were born. Walter was born in Edmonton. He cleared land and drained several small sloughs into a large body of water. He grew red wheat in this rich land. Had a team of oxen he called Jim and Bill.
Mamma had always wanted a fruit farm so she packed us all up (Eddie was a baby then) and out to Vancouver. We lived there on 54th and Kerr Road. Daddy came out and spent Christmas with us, and then went down to Los Angeles where Grampa had gone after Gramma had died. Aunt Lila had met and married a Charles Molyneau in Vancouver (where Aunt Annie and uncle Fred Alcorn lived, Daddy's oldest sister). Then Aunt Etta moved down there after she retired from teaching school. Daddy went back to his job in Parent after a long visit.
In the spring Mamma and Fred and Walter saved enough money from
their jobs and bought a car. Mamma had heard of some good farms for sale
in the Arrow Lakes area of the Kooteneys so we went out there. No luck
there so we went back east. The car was called a Baby Grand.
In the meantime, Daddy had been transferred to Fitzpatrick division point, three miles from La Tuque. Lived in several houses before renting a two story one beside Joe Spains grocery store and finally built a house. Joan was born in La Tuque in 1931.
Daddy worked there until he was 65. He and Mamma sold their house and went down to Ontario to a place called Avonmore, bought a place there. After a few years there, they sold it and moved to Dunnville. He died there at age 71.
Mamma sold the place and she and Robert put their money together and bought the house at Bronte. Robert was living at home and worked at the Ford plant in Oakville. After a few years in Bronte, Mamma and Robert bought land and built a house just out of Milton. This was to be their dream home, but ill health befell Mamma and she died in 1965, leaving everything to Robert.
After Mamma died, Robert brought Daddy to Milton and buried him beside Mamma. Walter’s ashes are there also, and now Robert.
There are some 99 Bachelders in Canada.
by Doris (Bachelder) Petersen
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