Campbell, John Leason

Regiment: Royal Canadian Electrical Engineers

John Campbell who was born in 1913, was raised on a farm near Harris SK. Leaving home in 1933, he found work in the lumber industry in northern Ontario, and also worked various construction jobs including work on the Trans-Canada Highway. In 1941 he married Nellie Zalski, (from Teulon, MB,) in Fort William ON. John joined the armed forces in 1941 in Fort William, and then transferred to the Royal Canadian Electrical Engineers, being posted in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. After the war, John returned to Saskatchewan to his wife and son, and they moved to a farm in Carrot River SK. There he farmed and worked as a mechanic, and 5 more children were born. Through a newspaper ad, the Campbells learned of opportunities in Northern Alberta, and in 1971 they sold their farm and moved to Grande Prairie. John found a construction job at first, and then was employed by North Canadian forest Industries Ltd. In 1974 John and son, Wayne, purchased land in Lake Saskatoon area, NW 20-72-8-6, and four years later they bought a house which was moved to the property. John and Nellie had 6 children: Wayne (1943), Elaine (1947), David (1951), Linda (1954), Sandra (1955), and Allan (1957). On May 31, 1982, John passed away in Grande Prairie at age of 69.

Source: Lake Saskatoon Reflections pp.111-112 (Family photo p. 111)
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