Vern was born on November 9, 1891. In 1913 he filed on a homestead at SW 33-78-6-W6. He and his brother Milo managed the Grande Prairie Herald. Vern left Grande Prairie in November of 1916. On August 9, 1919, Vern married married Irene Blanche Michaud. In 1921, they and their son Joseph were living in Big Valley, Alberta. They left for Montana early in the 1920s. Vern died on January 17, 1960.
Sources: Grande Prairie Capitol of the Peace p. 50; Pioneers of the Peace p. 293