There is some special interest in having lived continuously in an area that within the course of less than a century has changed from a scarcely populated wilderness to an integral part of the teeming world with all its complexities, problems, and advantages. I refer to Alberta, where my family settled at about the time that it became a province in 1905, prior to which it was still part of the North-West Territories.
With the turn of the century the main influx of homestead settlers began. They were far from affluent, coming from all parts of the world by steerage passage and colonist car, many carrying in their hands their total earthly possessions.
Those who pioneered in the settlement of the province might reasonably wish to forget their early difficulties and hardships rather than feel any impulse to record them. It is not my intention here to write history. Rather, I want to trace the thread representing the commonplace experiences of one individual, no doubt parallel with thousands of others, which together make up a pattern. It might be likened to taking a