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George Allen Moberly

                           

George Allen Moberly was born in 1879 in the then, Peace River Country of the North West Territories.  Influenced by his father, Henry John Moberly, George adopted an adventurous life as an avid outdoorsman and hunter, George enlisted in the Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment in 1900 and fought in the Boer War in South Africa, winning the Queen's Medal  during 1901 and 1902.

George married Aurora Evelyn Tate in 1908 and fathered six children: Harry in 1911, Una in 1915, Francis in 1920, Robert in 1921, Kenneth in 1927, and Russell (my father) in 1928.  George's history from this point is anecdotal and originates with my memories of stories told to me as a child.  Regardless, these are my memories.

George was often away from his home in Prince Albert where Aurora, his wife, raised the children.  I recall being told that he worked as a Park Ranger in Prince Albert National Park, where he hunted black bears and lynx and met and knew Grey Owl.  George intermittently operated a trap line, worked for the Hudson's Bay Company in Stanley Mission and staked our mining claims on what eventually became the Anglo-Ruoyn Gold Mine.  One story has George running dog sleds from Prince Albert to Stanley Mission to bring in supplies.  Another story, told to me my Bill Gibb, Sr., when I worked at the Prince Albert Psychiatric Centre (Bill Gibb, Sr. was a Commissionaire at the PA General Hospital and an unbeatable Cribbage opponent) relates George's wild side.  George, about sixty, and Bill, about fifty, came into paychecks simultaneously and set out to celebrate in old Prince Albert (PA).  They ended the night at Johhny's Igloo, a burger joint forerunner just south of PA and caused a disturbance that attracted the PA City Police and ended in a brawl where Bill and George, two ole farts against PA's finest, emerged the winners.  After the brawl, Bill and George turned themselves in and spent some quality time together in the PA lockup.  Undoubtedly, Aurora, his wife (my grandmother) was not impressed with the testosterone-driven display. 

George, my grandfather, took me fishing for Goldeye and Pickerel (River Sauger) on the North Saskatchewan at the "Forks" (confluence of the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers) with my father; made me bows-and-arrows from willows, and instilled in me a passion for the outdoors that still calls me.

Aurora, my grandmother, made the most remarkable puddings.  In the late fifties and early sixties my nuclear family visited their home at 1135-1st Street East often to celebrate Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any Sunday!  We visited, played in the old two-storey, gawked at the old furniture, studied the old photographs, heard the old stories, and most of all, I recall, we ate the most fabulous meals.  Each meal ended with pudding ... tied in cheesecloth and hanging in the kitchen ... waiting for the meal to end ... promising the most delicious dessert ever.  When the meal was over, my grandmother would retrieve the pudding, portion it for the diners, and coat it in a sweet sauce before serving it.

George died at his home on November 11, 1964.  My parents took my sister Cheryl and me to the home at 1135-1st Street on that day.  It was a sad day, but I always felt it was appropriate that this old soldier died on November 11 ... my personal Remembrance Day.

My Grand Father!

 


George Allen Moberly circa 1900

The Boer War documents: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Grandpa helping me saw firewood.

Letter to me from Mary MacIsaac (background story)

                                                       
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