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Reimer, Abe

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Abe Reimer (born May 20, 1900) grew up in the Didsbury, Alberta area. His parents, Henry L. and Agatha Reimer came from the USA, originally from Europe. Abe had one older brother Jake and a younger sister Marie [Munson]. Abe Reimer came to the Jasper area in the mid 1920s working seasonally at the Milner's Ranch in Hinton. In about 1930 he bought land at Dunster near Tete Jaune, BC. He began an outfitting and guiding business from there. Abe Reimer married Zip (Zita) Long [ca. 1930]. Zip was also from the Didsbury area and had come to Jasper in the early 1920s with her brothers Bert and Fabe. Zip died in the 1940s by her own hand at the Dunster ranch. Abe then worked for his brother Jake's trucking business, "James & Reimer" in late 1940s. In May 1952 Abe married Mary Thorsen. Mary's family (Art Thorsen family) moved to Hinton in 1925 to manage the Milner's ranch. Charles Milner was a conductor for the Canadian National Railway. He and his wife Mabel operated a dairy farm near Jasper and a ranch near Hinton. After the death of her mother (1927), Mary Thorsen came to Jasper to live with the Milners. Mary inherited the Milner's Hinton ranch in 1950. She and Abe operated the ranch raising black angus cattle. Mary had an older sister Emma (Nickerson) and younger brother Art. Art inherited the ranch after Mary's death (1989). Abe Reimer passed away in 1986.

Simpson, David

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Reverend David Simpson was a Methodist Minister. He came to serve the men during the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

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