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William, known as Bill, Magee was born 23 May 1862 to Sophia Jamieson and James Magee in Blyth, Huron County, Ontario. He came west to Alberta in 1895 and filed for a homestead at Rabbit Hill. However he was attracted to adventure so he left for the Klondike on the ‘Trail of 98’ (1898). Unfortunately there was a great deal of illness over the winter due to the shortage of fresh food and Bill returned the following year without any gold.
In 1904, Bill married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Shaw and they settled on a homestead, S ½ Sec 34, Tp 44, Rg 19, in the Albury, Alberta district. Their daughter Lucy was born in 1905. Lizzie died the following year. Following the death of his wife, Bill arranged for baby Lucy to be raised by Lizzie’s sister, Victoria. Bill kept the homestead but did not farm it himself. He rented out his homestead and went to work on his brother’s Nels farm near Bawlf, Alberta. Bill retired from active farming in 1919. When daughter Lucy married in 1926, she and her husband, Stuart Lockhart, took over the homestead.
In 1943 Bill suffered a stroke and was then confined to hospital for many years.
William (Bill) Magee died 23 Jun 1955 in Edmonton and is buried at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
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City of Edmonton Archives