Drysdale, James Allan

Force: R.C.A.F. (Royal Canadian Air Force)

Allan Drysdale was born March 20, 1920 in Clover Bar AB. In November 1928 he moved with his parents, Sidney and Anna Drysdale, and 3 siblings to a farm 6 miles north east of Clairmont AB. Allan attended the Wellington School. During WW II he served with the R. C. A. F. ( His brother Gordon served in the Army.) After Allan’s discharge in 1945 he bought a half section 4 miles north of Grande Prairie (Four Mile Corner). In June 1946 he married Alice McCaig who was a teacher at Clairmont. As their family grew, their house became too small, so they moved to a larger house (on the original Marek homestead) 2 miles east of Four Mile Corner. In 1964 Allan built a large hog barn which kept him busy for the next 9 years. Renting five more quarters, Allan was a grain farmer until he retired in 1977 to Grande Prairie. Alice and Allan were active in many community organizations including County Council, Agricultural Society, 4-H, and Clairmont United Church. Allan was enthusiastic about many sports, involved with the Alberta Senior Games, and was awarded a lifetime membership in the Alberta Sports Council. Alice and Allan had 4 children: Sherrill, Sheila, Donald, and Adell. Alice died in 1993 at age 76, and Allan died on January 26, 2015 at Points West Living in Grande Prairie at age 93.

Source: Smoky River to Grande Prairie p. 541
Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 1129