by Bea Hutson

Ethelbert, or Bert as everyone called him, came to Banner in 1881. He was born in Halifax County, Nova Scotia in 1862. He left home at the age of 14 and went to sea. After following the life of a seaman for eleven years and visiting all foreign seaports of importance, including those in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Canary Islands and the Azores, he settled in Boston and followed the life of a machinist for the New York Central until he decided to emigrate to the west. He went to the Laramie plains in 1878 and worked there until 1881 when he came to northern Wyoming and worked for the stage company.

He filed on a homestead on Pompey Creek near Banner in 1882. In 1885 he married Miss Ellen E. Edwards of Banner, and they have two boys and two girls. Ellen filed on a desert claim of 80 acres, which gave them a 240 acre place and about 200 of those acres are irrigated. He put up a lot of hay and raised cattle.

Bert had a steam feed mill where the farmers of the surrounding country got their grain ground for feeding purposes. He operated a sawmill on his place, getting timber from the head of Prairie Dog Creek. He also had a steam thrashing machine and spent many days each fall going around the area thrashing grain.

In 1905 he rented his place to S. B. Williams and moved his family to Seattle, Washington to take up his old trade in the shipyards. They lived out their lives in Washington.

Ethelbert, son of Hugh H. of John of Henry

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