Image: Jack Conrad holding a baby while sitting on a horse drawn wagon, 1945 (SPRA 259.08.09)
Jack Conrad, the second oldest of 6 siblings, was born on April 4, 1920 to parents Harlie and Florence (Davis) Conrad, in Grande Prairie AB. He took his early schooling at MacHenry (southwest of Sexsmith AB), then at Wellington (near Clairmont AB), and he finished his education at Clairmont Lake School. During WW II Jack joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. For the first two years he was stationed at the west coast of Vancouver Island, and then he was posted in England. There he met and married, Jean Farmer. (Jean was a Scottish W.A.A.F. who was serving in the R.A.F.). After the war they made their home in the Sexsmith area where Jack acquired a half section from the Veterans Land Act (S ½ 12-17-6-W6, the original homestead of David Sexsmith.) In the 1960`s he also purchased the north half of the section. Jack and Jean had 4 children: Colin, Calvin, Anne, and Holly. Jack, who was active in agricultural and community organizations, died suddenly at age 58 in March 1979 in Sexsmith.
Source: Wagon Trails Grown Over pp. 1149 (Name in Roll of Honour), 1154 (photo), 1128
Daily Herald Tribune Sept. 17, 1953 p.13 c. 3, July 29, 1954 p. 11 c. 2
AGS website – Obituary Index
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