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John Edward Plain

By: Robert Cameron Plain

My father John Edward Plain was born in Shedden, Ontario on the 09th of January 1910 to parents John Richard (Dick) Plain and Jenny Belle Plain (nee McVicar).. Jenny Belle was the daughter of Malcolm McVicar and Elizabeth (Betsy) Campbell with direct family ties to Argyll and Inverness. The family moved west to Maple Creek Saskatchewan in the early 1900's but later moved to Linaria, Alberta as the land was much better in that area. John was raised on the family farm with his brother Mac, the twins Dave and Doug and his sister Betty.. he left the farm to learn the grain buying business in Pibroch and Sexsmith Alberta and was an elevator operator for many years.. he also did a lot of carpentry work building homes for some of the local residents.. he was also known as Ed or Jack to many of the local farmers.. he met and married Harriet Roberta Fawcett in Sexsmith in 1933 ..they had four children Valerie, John Edward Jr. ,Robert and Beverly.. later John moved to Barrhead Alberta in 1944 as a grain buyer and then bought his own farm two quarters (320 acres) on Highway 44 just south of Pibroch and about 5 miles north of Westlock, Alberta the major town in the area.. he loved farming and we had several head of cattle and hogs at all times ..he also liked Curling and was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge.. several years later in 1957 due to health reasons he was forced to sell the farm and move to Aldergrove, B.C. ..I still have many fond memories of growing up on that farm.. In B.C. Dad also did carpentry work until he started working for the Langley School Board and later became Superintendent of Maintenance for the area. He loved fishing and family get togethers and always had a big greenhouse and a massive garden.. he passed away in 1978 and my mother in Scots descendents they helped pioneer and open up the West.. many roots and rocks were picked on those first prairie homesteads when the trees were cleared away for grain farming.. I am proud to be a member of a Canadian pioneer family whose roots reach back to Argyll.

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