Floener, Arsene

Regimental Number: 161271
Rank: Private
Branch: 54th Battalion

Arsene was born in Belgium on April 19, 1900 (he gave 1897 as his date of birth on his attestation paper, as he was underage when he enlisted). He came to Cochrane, Alberta as a child with his parents and three siblings. Arsene enlisted in Calgary in January of 1916, not yet sixteen years old. In October of that year he was seriously ill with pneumonia, but he recovered and returned to Canada in 1919. In spring of that year, he came to Grande Prairie and filed on homesteads at 2-72-5-W6 and 7-72-26-W5. Arsene married Ellen Andress. They eventually moved to Detroit and worked for the Chrysler Company. Arsene died on September 4, 1968.

Sources: Smoky River to Grande Prairie p. 206