Blois, Leonard Erle

Biography: Leonard Blois was born in Halifax NS on December 30, 1895, the youngest of 6 siblings. He came west at age 6, one year after his parents and 2 eldest brothers moved there. Since there was no school, the children moved back east for their education. Then in 1910 the family settled in Carstairs AB. Leonard attended the Olds School of Agriculture, and had jobs on ranches in Sundre, and on a survey crew in Edson. He and a friend enlisted in WW I in 1916 and ended up on the war front. After the war, Leonard worked in a lumber camp in BC. There his met his wife, Gudrun Lee, and they married in 1921. They obtained land in Carstairs through the army, and farmed. During this time they had 4 children: Allan, Jean, Harry and Bob, and had hard times during the Depression. During WW II, from 1940 to 1945, Leonard was stationed in Calgary as Sergeant Major Instructor, leaving Gudrun and the children to tend the farm. The farm was sold in 1948, and the next year Leonard and Gudrun moved to Belloy AB on land for which they applied through the Lassiter Project. They had some rough years getting established due to poor soil and poor machinery. In 1974 they retired from farming, and moved in to the Pleasant View Lodge in Spirit River AB. Over the years, Leonard was a member of the Legion and an avid curler.

Source: Grooming the Grizzly (Wanham area) pp. 264-265