Grant, Edward James

Branch: 319th Engineers (American Army)

Edward was born on February 2, 1896 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. His family moved to Montana when he was a small boy and after several moves eventually settled in Leader, Saskatchewan. Ed served in the American army from 1917 until 1919 and returned to Saskatchewan after the war. In 1926 he settled in the Sexsmith area, on a homestead purchased from the Kleskun ranch (S1/2 30-73-3-W6). Ed married Florence Wendt, whom he had met during their high school years, in Kalispell, Montana on January 24, 1928. They returned to Ed’s homestead in the South Peace and continued farming until Ed retired in 1944. Ed also served on the local school board, the County Council, the Advisory Board of VLA after World War II, and as president of the Teepee Creek Stampede Association. Ed and Florence had five children. Ed died in Grande Prairie on April 16, 1960.

Sources: Wagon Trails Grown Over, p. 997 &1147; Smoky River to Grande Prairie p. 479