MacDonell, Ewen Fuller

Regimental Number: 132900; 634134
Rank: Lieutenant
Branch: 73rd Battalion; 7th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops

Ewen was born in Lancaster, Ontario, on April 30, 1892. He came west with his uncle in 1915 and filed on land at 36-70-12-W6 and 23-70-12-W6. In September of 1915, Ewen enlisted in the Canadian army. He was discharged in December of that year and reenlisted as an officer. His brothers David and Malcolm also served in the army during World War I. In 1921, Ewen bought a building north of Halcourt and moved it to Rio Grande – it was Rio Grande’s first store. Ewen married Elva Edgar in February of 1923; they had two sons, Charles and Bruce. Ewen died in 1970.

Sources: Beaverlodge to the Rockies Supplement p. 271; Pioneers of the Peace p. 322-323