Murray of Atholl


George William Murray

Born: January 27, 1883
Married: June 12, 1912
Died: 1977
Father: Donald Murray
Mother Catherine Murray (nee: Sutherland)

Sarah (Sadie) Murray (nee: McKay)

Born: July 16, 1886
Died: 1973
Father: Unknown 
Mother: Unknown


George William Murray was born to Scottish Immigrant parents in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada. As a young lad, George came west and worked as a lumberjack in the forests of Oregon and Washington, USA. He later returned to Nova Scotia. In 1910, George came to Southern Alberta to take over the operation of his sister's (Grace Marshall) farm  southeast of Lethbridge, Alberta, (E 1/2, Sec. 2, Twp. 8, Rge. 20 W4th M).

In 1912 George returned again to Nova Scotia where he and Sarah (Sadie) Jane McKay were married on June 12, 1912. The couple returned to the Lethbridge farm later that year. As funds became available, George purchased the W 1/2, Sec. 30, Twp. 7, Rge. 20, W4th M from the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Most of the farming was done by "horse" power. with a dozen or more horses on the farm at any one time. Although the farm was a mixed operation and the land irrigated a large hay crop was grown in order to feed the animals.

In 1937 the family moved from the Marshall farm to their own place, SW 1/4, Sec. 12, Twp. 8, Rge. 21, W4th M. The original house and barn were moved from the north-east corner of the proporty to a more convenient spot with easy access to the road. An addition to the house was built and trees were planted as a shelterbelt, many of which still stand.

Upon retirement, George and Sadie built a house and moved into Lethbridge where they remained until their deaths

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