Floen, Harold

Harold Floen, born in 1906 in North Dakota, USA, was the third of 4 children of John and Mary Floen.  Harold’s siblings were Marvin, Thelma, and Norman (who also served in WW 2). In 1908, the family, with the 3 children, moved to Entwistle AB where John, the father, was manager of the general store, and  little brother, Norman was born.  John, being lured by the Peace Country, travelled the Edson Trail by horseback in 1911, and took a homestead in Buffalo Lakes.  The rest of the family arrived there on March 20, 1912 with a caboose containing living quarters drawn by oxen.  A milk cow was tied to the end of the cutter (behind the caboose) so the family could have fresh milk on the trip!   (See photo p. 33 Buffalo Trails, and additional details of this trip).  The children attended school at Peace River Crossing.  Harold served in WW 2 and shortly afterwards on February 7, 1946, he married Dorthea Haugen.  Active in his community of Buffalo Lakes, Harold was a member of the Athletic Association of the Farmers Union, he organized the 4H Calf Club at Buffalo Lakes, and a trophy was created in his honour for horseshoe tournaments.  He died in September 1962 at age 56 in Edmonton.

Source:   Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 1149 – Name in list of veterans

La Glace Yesterday and Today p. 315  Photo in uniform

Buffalo Trails pp. 32-34  Floen Family history

AGS – Obituary Index