Adam Clifford Irving

1903 - 1976

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Adam Clifford Irving I interviewed my paternal grandmother, Verna Sallenback, about her father, Adam Clifford Irving. The following sketch is written from information I gathered from our visit about her “daddy.” Adam Clifford Irving was born March 19th, 1903 in Burnside, Manitoba, Canada, to Rob
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Adam Clifford Irving

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Casado(a): 19 Mar 1925
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Township Road 95
Taber, Division No. 2, Alberta
Canada

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Memories of Adam Clifford Irving - by Alyssa Kindt

Colaborador: Reni4bz Created: 1 year ago Updated: 9 months ago

Adam Clifford Irving I interviewed my paternal grandmother, Verna Sallenback, about her father, Adam Clifford Irving. The following sketch is written from information I gathered from our visit about her “daddy.” Adam Clifford Irving was born March 19th, 1903 in Burnside, Manitoba, Canada, to Robert William Irving, and his wife Mary Agnes (McConnell) Irving. He would be known by the nickname of “Cliff” for most of his life. As the years passed, Cliff became the oldest of four children. There was a brother born when Cliff was two (named Robert William Irving), a sister born when Cliff was four (named Annie Margaret Irving), and the youngest brother born when Cliff was six (named George Herbert Irving). When Cliff was a little older, the family moved to the southern Alberta area. His parents eventually settled in Purple Springs, Alberta. Cliff met his wife in the area where he grew up – they attended many of the same school functions. Her name was Louisa Elizabeth Dragoo, and she was three years his junior. They were married civilly on March 19th, 1925, in Taber, Alberta. Cliff was 22 years old, and Louisa was 19. I found it interesting that they were married on Cliff’s birthday. Together they had and raised seven children, three of whom were adopted. The oldest was my grandmother, Verna Louisa. Her siblings were Kenneth (adopted), Donna, Sunny, Marilyn, Berry Lynn (adopted), and Blayne (adopted). She couldn’t remember what order they were born in, other than that she is the oldest. My great-grandparents were both converts to the church. They were found by the missionaries, and took the discussions. They lived nearby Cliff’s parents, and his parents heavily frowned upon this new religion of theirs. Even so, Cliff, and his wife were baptized and confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 29th, 1932, at the age of 29 and 26. A little over a year later, on November 29th, 1933 he went to the Cardston, Alberta temple, received his endowment and was sealed to my great-grandmother and their children who were currently part of the family at that time. My grandmother was seven years old at the time of this occurrence, but she has a vivid memory of being dressed all in white and being sealed to her parents on this sacred day. She remembers being happy about this, and feeling very safe. My grandma said that her daddy was an excellent carpenter, and I am very pleased to learn that he helped to build the beautiful Prince Of Wales Hotel in Waterton, Alberta – a National Park here in Canada. Cliff was able to support his family through his carpentry work, as well as some farming, which he did near Barnwell, Alberta. Cliff’s parents ran a grocery store in Purple Springs. Her grandparents were good, hardworking people, but her grandmother (Cliff’s mother) had nothing nice to say about the church. Cliff’s father, however, softened considerably towards the church over the years, and even bragged to other people about how in his son’s church people took care of their family members who had died, and would make sure they got to heaven in the end. I’m not sure if he was comforted by this information, or if he just found it interesting. One fond memory that my grandma spoke of, was how hard her daddy worked on the farm. She remembers him finishing one long day working in the fields, when he let his children ride the big work horses back into the barn. Apparently with these little kids on their backs, these giant horses must have known they had finished a hard day’s work, because they started running back towards the barn at full speed. The horses were going far too quickly for the children, and the kid’s started hollering. That is when Cliff began running after the horses, even at the point of exhaustion himself, and coaxed the animals to come to a stop so that he could help his kids off of the horse’s backs. Even after being beat from a long day of working, Cliff ran to rescue his children. She remembers her daddy as being a very kind man – he had a love for both people and animals, and was very kind towards both. Towards the latter end of his farming days, her daddy saw that it would soon be necessary to sell off his beloved horses. He would make up his mind to do this, then go out to the barn and stand at the edge of the gate before calling his horses by name. The horses would come to the barn when called, and then Cliff would sigh to himself, “No, not today. I just can’t do this today.” Although Cliff was never athletic or musical, he thoroughly enjoyed fishing. This was something he could spend hours doing! It was even a bonding experience between Cliff and my grandpa. Cliff got along very well with his daughter’s husband (my grandpa), and all of his grandchildren. My grandma recalls that her dad was in a bishopric when she was a young lady, and that she would often get called on to pray in meetings because of this. Cliff’s life ended unexpectedly when he was 73 years old. He dealt with some heart problems towards the end of his life, and struggled with being overweight in his last years. He was an in-patient at the hospital dealing with an episode with his heart. On November 30th, 1976, the nurses overmedicated him and he passed away. His family wasn’t expecting this at all, and was absolutely devastated! I am sad that he passed away before I ever had a chance to meet this wonderful man. I find that, as a result of this assignment to research and report on the life of one of my deceased relatives, I have had a very strong spirit enter into my heart. I now have the desire to learn even more about my relatives – perhaps this is the Spirit of Elijah? I do know for sure that I feel even more connected to my ancestors, and that families really can be eternal!

Adam Clifford Irving

Colaborador: Reni4bz Created: 1 year ago Updated: 9 months ago

My Dad took me into the Sun Porch next to the Living room were he kept his important papers and bills and in-come tax papers etc. in the gun cupboard. He took out his diary that he had started July 25 1924 and gave it to me. I was happy and surprised that he did this for me. My siblings are Verna Elizabeth, Kenneth Clifford, Donna, myself, Marilyn, Blayne & Barilyn. The Diary starts out: Diary Clifford Diary July 25, 1924 Louisa and Mrs Moore came down this forenoon and Louisa and I are going to go down to Mrs. Hill this evening. We painted some pictures but they stuck to the drying board and spoiled them. But Louisa and I are going to paint some more. Louisa and I had our pirtures taken. We went down to Hills but we did get to stay long for we had to take the musicans. I thought they were going to stay all night but they finally decided to go home. Well I have not been keeping my diary very regular but I will try and do better. I have not told anything about my past life, but I do not believe it is very interesting up till about two years ago. When I was 19. Before I came to my present home I have done quite a bit of traveling under my father and mothers care. I was born in Portage La Prairie in 1903. We left there when I was about two years old and went to Swift Current, Sask. We lived there for a while and then my Father took a homestead six miles south east of Webb, Sask. I lived on the homestead with my Father and Mother for about three years. I wasn't a very good boy when we lived in town for I used to go over to the livery stables and the cowboys would give me money to call someone a bad name. Dad had a hard time trying to break me but he finally succeded. When I was about seven years old my parents moved to Wellington, B.C. We lived there for awhile. From there we went to Nanoose Bay, B.C. where my father worked over four years building the powder mills for the Giant powder people of California, United States. From there we moved to Salem, Oregan. We lived there until I fourteen. I did not go around with the rest of the boys much but stayed home and done the house work when I was not taking tickets and ushering in my Uncle's and Aunts (Thomas Gregory & Annie Bligh) theatre in the summer of 1916. In 1916 we moved to Purple Springs, Alberta, Canada. I went to school until I was sixteen then I done the foolish thing I could do. I decided to leave school and try working on the farm. When I was nineteen I met a girl Louisa whom I had learned to love most dearly. I used to play basketball at her place before our friendship turned into love. I found out I loved her last winter a year ago when Louisa was sick with the measals. For a while I thought I was going to loose her, but she came around again. I never prayed so hard earnest for anyone as I did that time for the girl I loved. I tryed and tryed to win her but it was so hard because she seemed so distant. I left for Colman, Alberta in the summer and corresponded with her while I was away. I sure was lonesome for her then. I was there about a month before I came home again. The last letter Louise wrote she told me she was going to be baptised in the Mormon Church. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) That bothered me for quite a while for I did wish to have anything to do with the church. So when I came back I ask Louisa if she still intended to be baptized and she said she did. I was at a lost to know what to do for Dad told me not to have anything to do with that church. So one evening I told her it was either the church or I lost. I wanted to give her plenty of time to consider so I did not want answer that night. It sure hurt me to tell her that did not think she cared for me. In about a week I went in town for my answer hoping that I was winner but Louisa did not seem to want to give the church or I up then I knew it must be one or the other so I said, "I guess I was looser." Louisa seemed so strange that night when I asked her if she would go to the show that night she did not seem to want to go with me. So right there I felt that I had lost. But when she went out to the door with me and I told her. She stood at the door while I was starting the car and I thought she was crying then. How I wanted to go to her but I had said my part and for that time and she did not say anything. The next day I left for to go across the river. I was feeling so bad that I did not feel like eating much. It was then that I wished there wasn't such a thing as a church. I was away for about ten days and when I came home I saw Louisa at a Halloween Party. She looked so lovely that I could not stay away from her. I sure enjoyed her company that night for I had longed to see her again. The next day I was trying to decide whether to leave for good or go back to her regardless of the church. I was just deciding on the latter when she came in with her Mother. (Forrest Euzell Dragoo) I was glad to see for I wanted to have a talk with her. I wanted to be alone with her so I took one of her gloves and went out into the dinning room that I might get her out to have a talk with her alone. I asked her and she said that she would five up the church for me. It was then that I knew she love me. I would have liked to take her in my arms and hug her good. The following Monday I went to Lethbridge, Alberta and bought the best diamond ring that I could afford. So that evening I placed the ring on my sweethearts finger and I said, "Let us start the night right Louisa." For I was happy and I wanted her to feel happy, too. That is just a brief summary of my future life. Today is Thursday August the Seventh 1924. Went up to help Mr. Dragoo (John Alonzo Dragoo) to survey a ditch. Louisa would not let me go home again, and I was glad that she would not for I enjoyed being with her. We were up quite late this evening. Sunday August 10, 1924 Louisa and I were going to church on horse back but we were to be home early with the saddles but as it were we went down to Purple Springs, Alberta and had dinner, printed some pictures then we went back up to Louisa's house. All her folks were going into Taber for church in the evening. So Louisa and I stayed home to help with the milking and bring the cows in. I sure like riding horse back. We had a good time today and I hope we have many more. What do you think. Monday, August 11, 1924 I was going to help Louisa dress make but I went to town to see if I could rent an irrigated farm. Tuesday August 12, 1924 I was helping Mr. Dragoo get the timber ready for to build a bridge and at noon there was a message came saying that we were to come to work building bridges on the Kipp Retlaw line. Louisa and I went into Taber to see about a farm and enter some things for the fair. We went and had some ice cream and would have wanted to stay for the show but Dad wanted the car home early and we were to start early in the morning. I would have liked to go to the fair with Louisa Dear but duty before pleasure. The more I can maked and save I will have that much more towards a home. So can you blame me for not wanting to go to dances? Wednesday, August 13, 1924 I am leaving for work. I waved good-bye to My Sweetheart Louisa. What would you do if you were me? We made the trip without many bad luck, we stopped in Lethbridge and had dinner then we came on to camp and worked a help a day we set our tent up before we went to work and I sure like it to live in. There seems to be a good cook on the job so that helps a lot. Thursdau August 14, 1924 It rained this fore noon but did not stop us working. We were leveling the ground for the foundation of the bridge. I am pretty tired tonight but will feel alright tomorrow morning. Friday August 15, 1924 It rained hard this forenoon but has been pretty good this afternoon. I am pretty tired to night. So I will role in early I have been wrestling with heavy timbers most of the time. I should go see Louisa tonight but she too far away. I hope she enjoyed the fair today. I am sure I did not, what do you think? Saturday August 17, 1924 Something happened today, what do you suppose it was? I came home for to get some team and horse to haul Timber from Kipp for the bridges on the Kipp Retlaw line. I arrived at Louisa's home at six in the evening. Nellie told Louisa that I was here but they had tried to fool her so much that she would not believe her. But when Louisa came down stairs I was standing in the doorway. Wouldn't I have liked to take her in my arms and hug her good and tight for it seemed so long since I had seen her. After the chores were done Harry, Roma, Louisa and I all went down to see if we could get a wagon. And when we returned we had supper, Louisa Dear and I sat up till twelve and I did not want to leave her when it came to go home. August 18, 1924 Busy getting ready to go back to work I went up to Dragoo's this afternoon and Harry and I decided to get up early so we could get an early start. Louisa and I sat up again tonight for I was leaving in the morning and we wanted to be together as long as we could. August 19, 1924 I got up at three-thirty this morning and Bob (Robert William Irving) came over with me so he could take the car home and go to Lethbridge, Alberta with Jim. Harry and I loaded all we could of our things that we were taking along. We were ready to leave at nine p.m. So I kissed Louisa good-bye and told Roma that I would take good care of Harry. When we left Louisa and Roma was out on the porch until we had crossed the track and was away up the road. I know they did not want to see us go. And I hated to leave "Louisa" worse than even before. We were in Taber, Alberta until three p.m. Harry went and seen Rogers about the horses and he did not want him to take them. So he had to think of some others. We got to the Cameron Ranch this evening at 7 p.m. we stayed at Mrs. Easts all night. August 20, 1924 We got up at 7 a.m. had breakfast then Harry went after the horses. He thought he could find them in about two hours but they were not there. He hunted all day but did not find them. So we decided that I would go on with the one outfit the next day and if he did not find them he would not go. August 21, 1924 I am taking th outfit on to the work and Harry is still looking for the horses. I sure hope he finds them. I arrive at one o'clock and fed the horses. The forman wanted me to do some skidding with one team so I done it for him. Harry got here this evening. I tried to write a letter to Louisa but it got too dark so I thought I would finish in the morning. August 22, 1924 We are going after our first load of timber. I finished my note this morning and will post it when I get to Kipp, Alberta. I would not have written any until I had a chance to write a good letter but I promised Louisa that I would try and have a letter there by Saturday. We got our loads on and back without any trouble. August 23, 1924 We hauled two loads today as far as camp. August 24, 1924 We took the loads to their destination then Harry went this afternoon to move some timber that had been unloaded in the wrong place. While I fitted the feed manger for the horses. I am lonesome today I sure would like to be with Louisa even for a little while. Harry and I were going to write a letter a piece today when I heard the car coming for you know that Dad and Bob had went home last night before we got to camp. Dad said that he had a good job for both of us and Harry is going thrashing for we find we can't make much at the hauling. August 25, 1924 Harry and I are home again. It sure has been a long drive. We decided that Harry, Roma, Louisa and I would go to the show. I had George (George Irving a brother) bring the car over and we went. The name of it was, ''The Uninvited Guest." We all thought it was grand. I drove the car and Harry drove it home. August 26, 1924 George and I came over to get the bed and things that we had with us. Louisa and I went down to Purple Springs, Alberta and was going to come back right away for Dad was going to Taber, Alberta with the car but when we got down there he had decided to go on the train so we stayed for dinner and then went back up to Louisa's and I have decided to not join "The Church of Jesus Christ" unless we both do. I would like to know more about the church before I make my final decision. I sure it would please her if I decided for the church. I have to go home early tonight because Dad is going away on the train tonight and I want to have a talk with him. How I hate to leave Louisa even just for one day. It seems like it is getting harder each time. For she means everything to me Life, Love and Happiness. Do you blame me for not wanting to leave her? Good Night Dear. August 27, 1924 I helped Virgil (Louisa.s brother) and his father dig ditch. I was going to go home to-night but I could not leave Louisa so I stayed all night. August 28, 1924 I was helping Virgil and his Pa (John Alonzo Dragoo) load a hay sack. Louisa her Mother and I went down to Purple Springs, Alberta to day. Louisa and I were going to go to Taber, Alberta this afternoon to see Mr Cook about renting the Lee Place but I called him on the phone and he told me that he had already rented it so we did not go. Mother (Mary Agnes McConnell Irving) Louisa and I went to the show to night the play was, "The Woman On The Jury." Louisa thought that it was a very interesting picture and we both agreed with her. August 29, 1924 I worked most of the afternoon trying to get my diary wrote up. August 30, 1924 I stayed all night at Louisa's. Louisa and I went down home this morning and I changed my clothes for I am going to help Mr Dragoo put up hay for a while. Do you think that would be a good job? I know I shall enjoy it because I will be with Louisa in the evenings. We come back and I went to work hauling feed. Louisa and I are going to Taber, Alberta. August 31, 1924 We went to the show last night and Roma accompanied us. The title of the show was, "Why Men Leave Home." I thought that the name was turned the wrong way around. "Why Woman Leave Home." Do you know why? Because they don't know any better. Louisa and I started for Queens today but the car did not want to work good so we turned around and come back as far as Hills but they were not home. So we turned back and stopped at Purple Springs, Alberta for a little while then we left for to go to the Sand Hills to look for cherries but we changed our minds and went to Louisa's home, we stopped on the road for a while. That was the best of all for we could be alone to talk. We arrived home in time to have supper. Louisa and I went to bed early to go threshing. September 1, 1924 I went over to W Russels to thresh hay and worked all day. September 2, 19241 I threshed a half day and went to Louisa's Louisa and I went down to Purple Springs, Alberta tonight. But what do you think happened something awful. I got a phone call to come at once to the East Cortney Power Co. to go to work and come inside of two days so I decided to leave on the morning tomorrow. September 3,1924 I helped Mr. Dragoo to put some feed up. Louisa is going down to the train with me. September 4, 1924 I have left my sweetheart behind and am sailing towards my destination. I am sleeping most of the way for I am tired. I arrived at eleven a.m. The power plant is just a mile out of town. I saw Dad sitting on a timber and there were about twenty five men working. I started work a noon and got along fine. September 5, 1924 I have been working all day in the tunnel and did not see day light except at noon. We have to wear rubber boots all the time in the tunnel for some places there is six inches of water it is damp in there all of the time because the water is dripping from the roof all of the time. September 6, 1924 I have worked all day today in the tunnel. We are setting up forms for concrete. September 7, 1924 Dear Louisa I would have liked to be with you but I have worked hard all day to keep from being lonesome. I have workd harder to-day than before. I hope Louisa is happy today. September 8, 1924 I have worked fourteen hours today and sure am tired tonight. September 9, 1924 I have been placed foreman over a crew of carpenters. I had thirteen men to-day. what do you think? Diary? Louisa Dear I am expecting a letter from you tomorrow. Please do not disappoint me. September 10, 1924 I don't have to work anymore except look after the men. I have twelve men today. It sure is a fine job. Louisa Dear I did not get the letter I expected to day, but I am not disappointed yet for I do not believe you had time to answer yet. September 11,1924 I have had some time this afternoon getting my men straightened out in the tunnel. I did not get a letter to-day. Sweet heart if I do not get a letter tomorrow I will be awfully disappointed. September 12, 1924 I have worked all day today and have to go on night shift tonight. September 13, I worked all night but I got the Dear letter that I was expecting isn't that great. September 14, 1924 This is Sunday again but I cannot be with my Sweetheart. I am nearly always with her in my dreams but that does not seem to keep you from being lonesome some of the time. No matter how hard you work. I have not felt very well since I worked on night shift for I cannot sleep more than five hours. September 15, 1924 I only worked a half a shift tonight because I did not feel well, but I will work tomorrow again. September 16, 1924 I feel better and am going to work in the tunnel tonight again. September 17, 1924 I worked all night in the tunnel and feel pretty good today. I am up for a letter today Louisa Dear but I did not get one. I didn't hardly expect one so quickly for you would not get your till Monday. September 18, 1924 Dear Sweetheart I received your letter today and sure was tickled to get it. I cannot sleep when it comes near time to get a letter. Today I first slept three hours and then went up to see if there was any mail and sure enough there was. I am a day ahead of time. I cannot keep track of the days anymore and I am a day behind with my diary. September 18,1924 It rained all day and all night here and the mountain tops are looking most awfully white now. September 19, 1924 I wished today that I received your letter Dear instead of yesterday. September 20,1924 I worked the same a usual but finished the arches at last. September 21,1924 I slept a half a day or three hours would be more like it. When one of the men came up and told me that Geene Trombley the head carpenter foreman wanted me to find a crew of carpenters and work this afternoon. So I have been charged over today shift again and I sure am tickled for I will get a good sleep for once since I started night shift. I usually slept from three to five hours. There is just one thing against it. I won't be able to get my mail as soon as the train gets in. Louisa I am going to take some pictures as soon as the sun shines again. Are you lonesome tonight Dear. I am more so than ever. September 21 & 22,1924 I have worked all day and night and am going to sleep all day and night if I can. September 23,1924 I'm not a foreman now because there are no men left except foremen, but I don't mind for I am getting the same pay yet. September 24, 1924 I am working the same as uaual. September 25, 1924 I have been here there all over these last two days. I was disappointed today for I thought I was going to be able to go home and see Louisa to day. September 26, 1924 I got my hopes instead of a disappointment. Today I am going home to be with Louisa tomorrow. Harrah for Purple Springs, Alberta. What do you say "Diary" The train can't travel too fast tonight. Sept 27, 1924 I arrived home and had a sleep after which I felt prepared for the day. I had Mother (Mary Agnes McConnell Irving) call Louisa up so I could say, Hello! But, she did not realize that it was me that was at the other end of the phone. I told her that I was coming up right away or as soon as I could as I was coming up the road. I was wishing that Louisa would come and meet me when I got near the house and I got my wish isn't that grand. But I had to take the car back right away so I did not get to stay very long. Louisa went down to Purple Springs, Alberta with me. It seemed great to be driving the old Ford again with Louisa as my hostess or rather my loving pal. We come back to Louisa's place and her father went into Taber, Alberta with us. From there Louisa and I are going to the show tonight accompanied by our Mothers. (Mary Agnes Irving & Forrest Euzell Dragoo) The show was good. The name of it was _______. September 28, 1924 Today is Sunday again but I am not lonesome today for I am with Louisa once more but not for long I am sorry to say. Louisa and I took Alberta (sister) and Nellie (sister) into Taber, Alberta to go to school. I sure enjoyed the drive especially coming back. I wonder if Louisa enjoyed it as much as I did. I think so. Don't you? "Diary." Louisa and I are going together tonight. George (George Irving - brother) wants me to go home but I not going till I get ready. He was so anxious to go home that Louisa told me to let him take the car so I consented and I stayed all night and enjoyed the evening very much. September 29. 1924 I have had a good sleep and am going to go duck hunting today. I did not have any luck and wish that I had of stayed with Louisa. September 30, 1924 To day is the day Dad has picked to go back to Elko and said that he was going on the train at noon so I left early in the morning so I could be with Louisa longer before the train left. We went out for a strole and Louisa said that we would not come back till it was too late for the train. I would not be sorry but I did not know what Dad would say if I wanted to stay till the night train but we decided to ask him over the phone. We walked back and I called him up. What do you suppose he said? Yes you can stay if you give me the money to get what you want. Louisa went down with me to give Dad the money and I stayed for the night train. Louisa said that she would give me a licking if I did not go on the noon train but I stayed just the same. But I could not coax her to five me a licking. We sat up till after eleven and then we had to say good-bye, it is a horrible work to say especially when you are going so far and don't know when you are going to be with your loved one again. Louisa's Mother said that I would be back by Thanks Giving but I don't know. If I am it will be because I am out of work. For I don't expect to get home till Xmas. But you can never tell what will happen before then. October 1. 1924 Here I am starting a new month again. I am on the train railing towards Elko, B.C. again have arrived o.k. and wrote a letter to Louisa while I was in town. Our sleeping quarters sure look out of place the spring and the mattress were all gone and we found our bedding piled in a heap on the floor. We learned that the men were to move to camp now. So we have moved and so that changes our address. October 2, 1924 It has been raining today, but we worked just the same. October 3,1924 It has rained all night and is still raining. Today we are not working on account of the rain. October 4, 1924 It was still sprinkling this morning but it did not amount to much. We worked all day today and have got orders that we were to start again in the morning. I thought we were going to Sunday to ourselves. but it don't look like it. We are going to slice the boom on the big hoist that is going to run the clam shell. October 5, 1924 Today is Sunday and it sure is a nice day. We have to work eight hours today and get payed for ten. I missed Louisa today. We enjoyed last Sunday together at least I did especially home from town. I never went to church Louisa Dear. October 6, 1924 Today is Monday and is a fine day. I received a letter from Louisa today and it was sure interesting. I can't think of anything to write in my letter anymore. I have told Louisa all I could about the place where I am working. October 7 & 8, 1924 There has been nothing interesting those last two days. October 9, 1924 Nothing has happened in particular. Oct 10. 1924 I received a letter from louisa today and I sure was tickled to get it. October 11, 1924 Nothing worth mentioning. October 12, 1924 Today is Sunday again and I wish I were at home so I could be with Louisa, because when I don't feell very good she makes me feel happy anyway. I went to work without my breatfast and decided to eat my dinner and supper at the Columbia and it sure made me feel better. There is church to night but I am not going for I believe the best place for me tonight is in bed. I know Louisa would like me to go. October 13, 1924 I was looking for a letter from Louisa today but did not get one. What do you think about it. Would you have been disappointed if you was me? "Diary" I think you would! October 14, 1924 I have eaten my last meal at the camp to night and I sure am tickled although I would not mind eating there if the grub was fit for a white man. October 15, 1924 I have had my first meal at Mrs. Foiceys this morning and it sure was good to taste a clean meal again. What do you know about I got a letter from Louisa Dear on the noon train. One of the men brought it and one from Mother up to me from camp and he gave me the one from Mother and kept the one from Louisa. The one I was most anxious to read first because it was so near one o'clock and I was so anxious to hear from my Sweetheart again. I seems such a long time between mails. October 16, 1924 This was sure a nice day. I would have liked nothing better than to have Louisa with me and strole around all day taking pictures and having a good time. Wouldn't that be great? "Diary" There is a school teacher boarding here and she ask me to get my glad raggs on that she was going to have company but I did not think I had any business interfering with their pleasure. My room is a joining sitting room. Mrs. Moore that is the teacher is playing the piano. Not Mrs. R. Moore. Her husband is dead and she sure is a talker full of fun and mischief. I wished Louisa was here tonight we could join the crowd. What do you think Louisa Dear said in her letter. I want us to always be pals real good pals always be sweethearts no matter what happens. Won't that be great. Louisa Dear that is what I have always wished for too. I have been planning the floor for the dance tomorrow night. What do you think I received a lovely little letter from Louisa today and I believe it was the sweetest letter that I have received and it sure made me feel happy. I would of liked to have been with her I would hug her so tight. October 18, 1924 I have been working on the forms for the dam. The dance is tonight but I am going to stay at home and have a good sleep. Don't you think that a wise idea. "Diary." October 19, 1924 Today is Sunday again but we don't have to work today. I wish that Louisa was here for I am going to take some pictures and I am sure she would enjoy going down to the canyon with me. I know I had but how much nicer it would have been. If we both had of been together even for one Sunday and today was such a grand day. Good night Louisa Dearest sweet dreams. October 20, 1924 Today is Monday and has been a nice day. I have been building forms all day. October 21, 1924 I was awfully disappointed today for I expected a letter from Louisa today and I did not get one. But I know I will get one tomorrow. If I don't I will think that Louisa is sick or something has happened that she can't write. October 22, 1924 I have received my long looked for letter from Louisa. Isn't that grand. I would like this one every day. I would have liked to sneak up behind Louisa and kissed her till she could not see to write anymore. I would not let her write anymore. October 23, 1924 This has been a fine day and we have worked all day. October 24,25,26,27, 1924 I have received a lovely letter from my loving Sweet heart and closest pal and have sent one on the return mail. October 28, 1924 I received a letter from Louisa Dear today and I was tickled to get it. I hope Louisa is happier when she writes again. Don't you Diary. October 29, 1924 The water is cold this morning for I was sampling it I got wet to my waist. It is like Winter today. October 30, 1924 I received a letter from the Sweetest girl in the world today and it sure was grand. I wish I could write like you can Louisa Sweetheart. October 31, 1924 To night is Halloween. One year ago tonight I went to a party that meant everything to me. How beautiful Louisa looked that night. I had been away for ten days but it seemed like a year to me. When I got home and they told me that there was a party I was undecided whether to go or not for I knew if Louisa was there I could not help but go to her and I did not want to because it would be that much harder to seperate from her again. I went and sure enough Louisa was there, no presence made me feel so happy even if it was to be shattered when the party broke. In the morning I did not know what to do. I knew that I had asked a lot but I had hoped to make up for it if Louisa would make her decision. Until then I could not do anything but wait my chance to see her and get a definate answer. Louisa and her Mother came down in the forenoon and I asked Louisa what she had decided when I received the answer I could have kissed her there and then. But I decided to wait until we were engaged. Louisa had proven her love for me but I had yet to prove my love for her. Louisa Sweetheart you may decide whether I have or not. Nov 1, 1924 I have worked all day but it has been cold and snowing all afternoon. November 2,1924 Today is Sunday, Louisa Dearest. I wish I were with you we could enjoy the warmth in the sitting room together today. Especially this morning there is a white blanket on the ground and it is still snowing and blowing we worked till noon today. The sun is coming out and the snow is going fast. November 3, 1924 Have been doing odd jobs today. November 4, 1924 I has been snowing today. I received a letter today from Louisa Dearest. November 5, 1924 It is snowing like fury this morning, we did not go to work till noon. November 6, 7, 8, 1924 The same a usual have been working around the camp. November 9, 1924 I feel lonesome to-night. I wish that I were with Louisa Sweetheart that we might be together. November 10, 1924 Just think one year ago to night Louisa made me happy. We were engaged to be married. How I wished I were with her to night that we might be as happy as we were one year ago. We would go to the show the same as we did before. I wonder what Louisa is doing tonight. I hope that she feels more happy than I do. I am sitting by the fire wishing that I were with my sweetheart. Something inside is making me feel sick for you Dear. I have felt that way several times before but not near as much as to-night. I hope you don't feel the same way Dear for it isn't a very pleasant feeling. November 11, 1924 It has been quite cold today. All the work stoppped at two minutes to eleven. The whistles blew and at eleven the cannons started roaring on the Rob't & Lee in remembrance of Armistice Day when peace was declared. Louisa Dear I am getting worse every time I write. I have finished my Diary shall I start another. Names in the Diary Kipp, Alberta August 25 - Sept 4, 1924 East Cootney Power Co. Elko, B.C. Rob't & Lee Father - Robert William Irving Mother - Mary Agnes McConnell Irving Self - Adam Clifford Irving brother - Bob (Robert William Irving) brother - George Irving Clifford's Uncle and Aunt (his mothers sister) - Thomas Gregory & Annie McConnell Bligh - Salem, Oregon John Alonzo Dragoo Forrest Euzell Taylor Dragoo brother-in-law - Harry Moore sister - Roma Moore Sweet Heart - Louisa Elizabeth Dragoo sister - Albert Dragoo sister - Nellie Dragoo brother - Virgil Dragoo Mrs. Hill Johnsen's Jim _____ ______ Rogers Cameron Ranch Mrs. Easts Mt Cook ____ Lee ____Queens W Russels Mrs. Foicys Mrs Moore - teacher The End of a Diary

Memories of Adam Clifford Irving - by Alyssa Kindt

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Adam Clifford Irving I interviewed my paternal grandmother, Verna Sallenback, about her father, Adam Clifford Irving. The following sketch is written from information I gathered from our visit about her “daddy.” Adam Clifford Irving was born March 19th, 1903 in Burnside, Manitoba, Canada, to Robert William Irving, and his wife Mary Agnes (McConnell) Irving. He would be known by the nickname of “Cliff” for most of his life. As the years passed, Cliff became the oldest of four children. There was a brother born when Cliff was two (named Robert William Irving), a sister born when Cliff was four (named Annie Margaret Irving), and the youngest brother born when Cliff was six (named George Herbert Irving). When Cliff was a little older, the family moved to the southern Alberta area. His parents eventually settled in Purple Springs, Alberta. Cliff met his wife in the area where he grew up – they attended many of the same school functions. Her name was Louisa Elizabeth Dragoo, and she was three years his junior. They were married civilly on March 19th, 1925, in Taber, Alberta. Cliff was 22 years old, and Louisa was 19. I found it interesting that they were married on Cliff’s birthday. Together they had and raised seven children, three of whom were adopted. The oldest was my grandmother, Verna Louisa. Her siblings were Kenneth (adopted), Donna, Sunny, Marilyn, Berry Lynn (adopted), and Blayne (adopted). She couldn’t remember what order they were born in, other than that she is the oldest. My great-grandparents were both converts to the church. They were found by the missionaries, and took the discussions. They lived nearby Cliff’s parents, and his parents heavily frowned upon this new religion of theirs. Even so, Cliff, and his wife were baptized and confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 29th, 1932, at the age of 29 and 26. A little over a year later, on November 29th, 1933 he went to the Cardston, Alberta temple, received his endowment and was sealed to my great-grandmother and their children who were currently part of the family at that time. My grandmother was seven years old at the time of this occurrence, but she has a vivid memory of being dressed all in white and being sealed to her parents on this sacred day. She remembers being happy about this, and feeling very safe. My grandma said that her daddy was an excellent carpenter, and I am very pleased to learn that he helped to build the beautiful Prince Of Wales Hotel in Waterton, Alberta – a National Park here in Canada. Cliff was able to support his family through his carpentry work, as well as some farming, which he did near Barnwell, Alberta. Cliff’s parents ran a grocery store in Purple Springs. Her grandparents were good, hardworking people, but her grandmother (Cliff’s mother) had nothing nice to say about the church. Cliff’s father, however, softened considerably towards the church over the years, and even bragged to other people about how in his son’s church people took care of their family members who had died, and would make sure they got to heaven in the end. I’m not sure if he was comforted by this information, or if he just found it interesting. One fond memory that my grandma spoke of, was how hard her daddy worked on the farm. She remembers him finishing one long day working in the fields, when he let his children ride the big work horses back into the barn. Apparently with these little kids on their backs, these giant horses must have known they had finished a hard day’s work, because they started running back towards the barn at full speed. The horses were going far too quickly for the children, and the kid’s started hollering. That is when Cliff began running after the horses, even at the point of exhaustion himself, and coaxed the animals to come to a stop so that he could help his kids off of the horse’s backs. Even after being beat from a long day of working, Cliff ran to rescue his children. She remembers her daddy as being a very kind man – he had a love for both people and animals, and was very kind towards both. Towards the latter end of his farming days, her daddy saw that it would soon be necessary to sell off his beloved horses. He would make up his mind to do this, then go out to the barn and stand at the edge of the gate before calling his horses by name. The horses would come to the barn when called, and then Cliff would sigh to himself, “No, not today. I just can’t do this today.” Although Cliff was never athletic or musical, he thoroughly enjoyed fishing. This was something he could spend hours doing! It was even a bonding experience between Cliff and my grandpa. Cliff got along very well with his daughter’s husband (my grandpa), and all of his grandchildren. My grandma recalls that her dad was in a bishopric when she was a young lady, and that she would often get called on to pray in meetings because of this. Cliff’s life ended unexpectedly when he was 73 years old. He dealt with some heart problems towards the end of his life, and struggled with being overweight in his last years. He was an in-patient at the hospital dealing with an episode with his heart. On November 30th, 1976, the nurses overmedicated him and he passed away. His family wasn’t expecting this at all, and was absolutely devastated! I am sad that he passed away before I ever had a chance to meet this wonderful man. I find that, as a result of this assignment to research and report on the life of one of my deceased relatives, I have had a very strong spirit enter into my heart. I now have the desire to learn even more about my relatives – perhaps this is the Spirit of Elijah? I do know for sure that I feel even more connected to my ancestors, and that families really can be eternal!

Adam Clifford Irving

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My Dad took me into the Sun Porch next to the Living room were he kept his important papers and bills and in-come tax papers etc. in the gun cupboard. He took out his diary that he had started July 25 1924 and gave it to me. I was happy and surprised that he did this for me. My siblings are Verna Elizabeth, Kenneth Clifford, Donna, myself, Marilyn, Blayne & Barilyn. The Diary starts out: Diary Clifford Diary July 25, 1924 Louisa and Mrs Moore came down this forenoon and Louisa and I are going to go down to Mrs. Hill this evening. We painted some pictures but they stuck to the drying board and spoiled them. But Louisa and I are going to paint some more. Louisa and I had our pirtures taken. We went down to Hills but we did get to stay long for we had to take the musicans. I thought they were going to stay all night but they finally decided to go home. Well I have not been keeping my diary very regular but I will try and do better. I have not told anything about my past life, but I do not believe it is very interesting up till about two years ago. When I was 19. Before I came to my present home I have done quite a bit of traveling under my father and mothers care. I was born in Portage La Prairie in 1903. We left there when I was about two years old and went to Swift Current, Sask. We lived there for a while and then my Father took a homestead six miles south east of Webb, Sask. I lived on the homestead with my Father and Mother for about three years. I wasn't a very good boy when we lived in town for I used to go over to the livery stables and the cowboys would give me money to call someone a bad name. Dad had a hard time trying to break me but he finally succeded. When I was about seven years old my parents moved to Wellington, B.C. We lived there for awhile. From there we went to Nanoose Bay, B.C. where my father worked over four years building the powder mills for the Giant powder people of California, United States. From there we moved to Salem, Oregan. We lived there until I fourteen. I did not go around with the rest of the boys much but stayed home and done the house work when I was not taking tickets and ushering in my Uncle's and Aunts (Thomas Gregory & Annie Bligh) theatre in the summer of 1916. In 1916 we moved to Purple Springs, Alberta, Canada. I went to school until I was sixteen then I done the foolish thing I could do. I decided to leave school and try working on the farm. When I was nineteen I met a girl Louisa whom I had learned to love most dearly. I used to play basketball at her place before our friendship turned into love. I found out I loved her last winter a year ago when Louisa was sick with the measals. For a while I thought I was going to loose her, but she came around again. I never prayed so hard earnest for anyone as I did that time for the girl I loved. I tryed and tryed to win her but it was so hard because she seemed so distant. I left for Colman, Alberta in the summer and corresponded with her while I was away. I sure was lonesome for her then. I was there about a month before I came home again. The last letter Louise wrote she told me she was going to be baptised in the Mormon Church. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) That bothered me for quite a while for I did wish to have anything to do with the church. So when I came back I ask Louisa if she still intended to be baptized and she said she did. I was at a lost to know what to do for Dad told me not to have anything to do with that church. So one evening I told her it was either the church or I lost. I wanted to give her plenty of time to consider so I did not want answer that night. It sure hurt me to tell her that did not think she cared for me. In about a week I went in town for my answer hoping that I was winner but Louisa did not seem to want to give the church or I up then I knew it must be one or the other so I said, "I guess I was looser." Louisa seemed so strange that night when I asked her if she would go to the show that night she did not seem to want to go with me. So right there I felt that I had lost. But when she went out to the door with me and I told her. She stood at the door while I was starting the car and I thought she was crying then. How I wanted to go to her but I had said my part and for that time and she did not say anything. The next day I left for to go across the river. I was feeling so bad that I did not feel like eating much. It was then that I wished there wasn't such a thing as a church. I was away for about ten days and when I came home I saw Louisa at a Halloween Party. She looked so lovely that I could not stay away from her. I sure enjoyed her company that night for I had longed to see her again. The next day I was trying to decide whether to leave for good or go back to her regardless of the church. I was just deciding on the latter when she came in with her Mother. (Forrest Euzell Dragoo) I was glad to see for I wanted to have a talk with her. I wanted to be alone with her so I took one of her gloves and went out into the dinning room that I might get her out to have a talk with her alone. I asked her and she said that she would five up the church for me. It was then that I knew she love me. I would have liked to take her in my arms and hug her good. The following Monday I went to Lethbridge, Alberta and bought the best diamond ring that I could afford. So that evening I placed the ring on my sweethearts finger and I said, "Let us start the night right Louisa." For I was happy and I wanted her to feel happy, too. That is just a brief summary of my future life. Today is Thursday August the Seventh 1924. Went up to help Mr. Dragoo (John Alonzo Dragoo) to survey a ditch. Louisa would not let me go home again, and I was glad that she would not for I enjoyed being with her. We were up quite late this evening. Sunday August 10, 1924 Louisa and I were going to church on horse back but we were to be home early with the saddles but as it were we went down to Purple Springs, Alberta and had dinner, printed some pictures then we went back up to Louisa's house. All her folks were going into Taber for church in the evening. So Louisa and I stayed home to help with the milking and bring the cows in. I sure like riding horse back. We had a good time today and I hope we have many more. What do you think. Monday, August 11, 1924 I was going to help Louisa dress make but I went to town to see if I could rent an irrigated farm. Tuesday August 12, 1924 I was helping Mr. Dragoo get the timber ready for to build a bridge and at noon there was a message came saying that we were to come to work building bridges on the Kipp Retlaw line. Louisa and I went into Taber to see about a farm and enter some things for the fair. We went and had some ice cream and would have wanted to stay for the show but Dad wanted the car home early and we were to start early in the morning. I would have liked to go to the fair with Louisa Dear but duty before pleasure. The more I can maked and save I will have that much more towards a home. So can you blame me for not wanting to go to dances? Wednesday, August 13, 1924 I am leaving for work. I waved good-bye to My Sweetheart Louisa. What would you do if you were me? We made the trip without many bad luck, we stopped in Lethbridge and had dinner then we came on to camp and worked a help a day we set our tent up before we went to work and I sure like it to live in. There seems to be a good cook on the job so that helps a lot. Thursdau August 14, 1924 It rained this fore noon but did not stop us working. We were leveling the ground for the foundation of the bridge. I am pretty tired tonight but will feel alright tomorrow morning. Friday August 15, 1924 It rained hard this forenoon but has been pretty good this afternoon. I am pretty tired to night. So I will role in early I have been wrestling with heavy timbers most of the time. I should go see Louisa tonight but she too far away. I hope she enjoyed the fair today. I am sure I did not, what do you think? Saturday August 17, 1924 Something happened today, what do you suppose it was? I came home for to get some team and horse to haul Timber from Kipp for the bridges on the Kipp Retlaw line. I arrived at Louisa's home at six in the evening. Nellie told Louisa that I was here but they had tried to fool her so much that she would not believe her. But when Louisa came down stairs I was standing in the doorway. Wouldn't I have liked to take her in my arms and hug her good and tight for it seemed so long since I had seen her. After the chores were done Harry, Roma, Louisa and I all went down to see if we could get a wagon. And when we returned we had supper, Louisa Dear and I sat up till twelve and I did not want to leave her when it came to go home. August 18, 1924 Busy getting ready to go back to work I went up to Dragoo's this afternoon and Harry and I decided to get up early so we could get an early start. Louisa and I sat up again tonight for I was leaving in the morning and we wanted to be together as long as we could. August 19, 1924 I got up at three-thirty this morning and Bob (Robert William Irving) came over with me so he could take the car home and go to Lethbridge, Alberta with Jim. Harry and I loaded all we could of our things that we were taking along. We were ready to leave at nine p.m. So I kissed Louisa good-bye and told Roma that I would take good care of Harry. When we left Louisa and Roma was out on the porch until we had crossed the track and was away up the road. I know they did not want to see us go. And I hated to leave "Louisa" worse than even before. We were in Taber, Alberta until three p.m. Harry went and seen Rogers about the horses and he did not want him to take them. So he had to think of some others. We got to the Cameron Ranch this evening at 7 p.m. we stayed at Mrs. Easts all night. August 20, 1924 We got up at 7 a.m. had breakfast then Harry went after the horses. He thought he could find them in about two hours but they were not there. He hunted all day but did not find them. So we decided that I would go on with the one outfit the next day and if he did not find them he would not go. August 21, 1924 I am taking th outfit on to the work and Harry is still looking for the horses. I sure hope he finds them. I arrive at one o'clock and fed the horses. The forman wanted me to do some skidding with one team so I done it for him. Harry got here this evening. I tried to write a letter to Louisa but it got too dark so I thought I would finish in the morning. August 22, 1924 We are going after our first load of timber. I finished my note this morning and will post it when I get to Kipp, Alberta. I would not have written any until I had a chance to write a good letter but I promised Louisa that I would try and have a letter there by Saturday. We got our loads on and back without any trouble. August 23, 1924 We hauled two loads today as far as camp. August 24, 1924 We took the loads to their destination then Harry went this afternoon to move some timber that had been unloaded in the wrong place. While I fitted the feed manger for the horses. I am lonesome today I sure would like to be with Louisa even for a little while. Harry and I were going to write a letter a piece today when I heard the car coming for you know that Dad and Bob had went home last night before we got to camp. Dad said that he had a good job for both of us and Harry is going thrashing for we find we can't make much at the hauling. August 25, 1924 Harry and I are home again. It sure has been a long drive. We decided that Harry, Roma, Louisa and I would go to the show. I had George (George Irving a brother) bring the car over and we went. The name of it was, ''The Uninvited Guest." We all thought it was grand. I drove the car and Harry drove it home. August 26, 1924 George and I came over to get the bed and things that we had with us. Louisa and I went down to Purple Springs, Alberta and was going to come back right away for Dad was going to Taber, Alberta with the car but when we got down there he had decided to go on the train so we stayed for dinner and then went back up to Louisa's and I have decided to not join "The Church of Jesus Christ" unless we both do. I would like to know more about the church before I make my final decision. I sure it would please her if I decided for the church. I have to go home early tonight because Dad is going away on the train tonight and I want to have a talk with him. How I hate to leave Louisa even just for one day. It seems like it is getting harder each time. For she means everything to me Life, Love and Happiness. Do you blame me for not wanting to leave her? Good Night Dear. August 27, 1924 I helped Virgil (Louisa.s brother) and his father dig ditch. I was going to go home to-night but I could not leave Louisa so I stayed all night. August 28, 1924 I was helping Virgil and his Pa (John Alonzo Dragoo) load a hay sack. Louisa her Mother and I went down to Purple Springs, Alberta to day. Louisa and I were going to go to Taber, Alberta this afternoon to see Mr Cook about renting the Lee Place but I called him on the phone and he told me that he had already rented it so we did not go. Mother (Mary Agnes McConnell Irving) Louisa and I went to the show to night the play was, "The Woman On The Jury." Louisa thought that it was a very interesting picture and we both agreed with her. August 29, 1924 I worked most of the afternoon trying to get my diary wrote up. August 30, 1924 I stayed all night at Louisa's. Louisa and I went down home this morning and I changed my clothes for I am going to help Mr Dragoo put up hay for a while. Do you think that would be a good job? I know I shall enjoy it because I will be with Louisa in the evenings. We come back and I went to work hauling feed. Louisa and I are going to Taber, Alberta. August 31, 1924 We went to the show last night and Roma accompanied us. The title of the show was, "Why Men Leave Home." I thought that the name was turned the wrong way around. "Why Woman Leave Home." Do you know why? Because they don't know any better. Louisa and I started for Queens today but the car did not want to work good so we turned around and come back as far as Hills but they were not home. So we turned back and stopped at Purple Springs, Alberta for a little while then we left for to go to the Sand Hills to look for cherries but we changed our minds and went to Louisa's home, we stopped on the road for a while. That was the best of all for we could be alone to talk. We arrived home in time to have supper. Louisa and I went to bed early to go threshing. September 1, 1924 I went over to W Russels to thresh hay and worked all day. September 2, 19241 I threshed a half day and went to Louisa's Louisa and I went down to Purple Springs, Alberta tonight. But what do you think happened something awful. I got a phone call to come at once to the East Cortney Power Co. to go to work and come inside of two days so I decided to leave on the morning tomorrow. September 3,1924 I helped Mr. Dragoo to put some feed up. Louisa is going down to the train with me. September 4, 1924 I have left my sweetheart behind and am sailing towards my destination. I am sleeping most of the way for I am tired. I arrived at eleven a.m. The power plant is just a mile out of town. I saw Dad sitting on a timber and there were about twenty five men working. I started work a noon and got along fine. September 5, 1924 I have been working all day in the tunnel and did not see day light except at noon. We have to wear rubber boots all the time in the tunnel for some places there is six inches of water it is damp in there all of the time because the water is dripping from the roof all of the time. September 6, 1924 I have worked all day today in the tunnel. We are setting up forms for concrete. September 7, 1924 Dear Louisa I would have liked to be with you but I have worked hard all day to keep from being lonesome. I have workd harder to-day than before. I hope Louisa is happy today. September 8, 1924 I have worked fourteen hours today and sure am tired tonight. September 9, 1924 I have been placed foreman over a crew of carpenters. I had thirteen men to-day. what do you think? Diary? Louisa Dear I am expecting a letter from you tomorrow. Please do not disappoint me. September 10, 1924 I don't have to work anymore except look after the men. I have twelve men today. It sure is a fine job. Louisa Dear I did not get the letter I expected to day, but I am not disappointed yet for I do not believe you had time to answer yet. September 11,1924 I have had some time this afternoon getting my men straightened out in the tunnel. I did not get a letter to-day. Sweet heart if I do not get a letter tomorrow I will be awfully disappointed. September 12, 1924 I have worked all day today and have to go on night shift tonight. September 13, I worked all night but I got the Dear letter that I was expecting isn't that great. September 14, 1924 This is Sunday again but I cannot be with my Sweetheart. I am nearly always with her in my dreams but that does not seem to keep you from being lonesome some of the time. No matter how hard you work. I have not felt very well since I worked on night shift for I cannot sleep more than five hours. September 15, 1924 I only worked a half a shift tonight because I did not feel well, but I will work tomorrow again. September 16, 1924 I feel better and am going to work in the tunnel tonight again. September 17, 1924 I worked all night in the tunnel and feel pretty good today. I am up for a letter today Louisa Dear but I did not get one. I didn't hardly expect one so quickly for you would not get your till Monday. September 18, 1924 Dear Sweetheart I received your letter today and sure was tickled to get it. I cannot sleep when it comes near time to get a letter. Today I first slept three hours and then went up to see if there was any mail and sure enough there was. I am a day ahead of time. I cannot keep track of the days anymore and I am a day behind with my diary. September 18,1924 It rained all day and all night here and the mountain tops are looking most awfully white now. September 19, 1924 I wished today that I received your letter Dear instead of yesterday. September 20,1924 I worked the same a usual but finished the arches at last. September 21,1924 I slept a half a day or three hours would be more like it. When one of the men came up and told me that Geene Trombley the head carpenter foreman wanted me to find a crew of carpenters and work this afternoon. So I have been charged over today shift again and I sure am tickled for I will get a good sleep for once since I started night shift. I usually slept from three to five hours. There is just one thing against it. I won't be able to get my mail as soon as the train gets in. Louisa I am going to take some pictures as soon as the sun shines again. Are you lonesome tonight Dear. I am more so than ever. September 21 & 22,1924 I have worked all day and night and am going to sleep all day and night if I can. September 23,1924 I'm not a foreman now because there are no men left except foremen, but I don't mind for I am getting the same pay yet. September 24, 1924 I am working the same as uaual. September 25, 1924 I have been here there all over these last two days. I was disappointed today for I thought I was going to be able to go home and see Louisa to day. September 26, 1924 I got my hopes instead of a disappointment. Today I am going home to be with Louisa tomorrow. Harrah for Purple Springs, Alberta. What do you say "Diary" The train can't travel too fast tonight. Sept 27, 1924 I arrived home and had a sleep after which I felt prepared for the day. I had Mother (Mary Agnes McConnell Irving) call Louisa up so I could say, Hello! But, she did not realize that it was me that was at the other end of the phone. I told her that I was coming up right away or as soon as I could as I was coming up the road. I was wishing that Louisa would come and meet me when I got near the house and I got my wish isn't that grand. But I had to take the car back right away so I did not get to stay very long. Louisa went down to Purple Springs, Alberta with me. It seemed great to be driving the old Ford again with Louisa as my hostess or rather my loving pal. We come back to Louisa's place and her father went into Taber, Alberta with us. From there Louisa and I are going to the show tonight accompanied by our Mothers. (Mary Agnes Irving & Forrest Euzell Dragoo) The show was good. The name of it was _______. September 28, 1924 Today is Sunday again but I am not lonesome today for I am with Louisa once more but not for long I am sorry to say. Louisa and I took Alberta (sister) and Nellie (sister) into Taber, Alberta to go to school. I sure enjoyed the drive especially coming back. I wonder if Louisa enjoyed it as much as I did. I think so. Don't you? "Diary." Louisa and I are going together tonight. George (George Irving - brother) wants me to go home but I not going till I get ready. He was so anxious to go home that Louisa told me to let him take the car so I consented and I stayed all night and enjoyed the evening very much. September 29. 1924 I have had a good sleep and am going to go duck hunting today. I did not have any luck and wish that I had of stayed with Louisa. September 30, 1924 To day is the day Dad has picked to go back to Elko and said that he was going on the train at noon so I left early in the morning so I could be with Louisa longer before the train left. We went out for a strole and Louisa said that we would not come back till it was too late for the train. I would not be sorry but I did not know what Dad would say if I wanted to stay till the night train but we decided to ask him over the phone. We walked back and I called him up. What do you suppose he said? Yes you can stay if you give me the money to get what you want. Louisa went down with me to give Dad the money and I stayed for the night train. Louisa said that she would give me a licking if I did not go on the noon train but I stayed just the same. But I could not coax her to five me a licking. We sat up till after eleven and then we had to say good-bye, it is a horrible work to say especially when you are going so far and don't know when you are going to be with your loved one again. Louisa's Mother said that I would be back by Thanks Giving but I don't know. If I am it will be because I am out of work. For I don't expect to get home till Xmas. But you can never tell what will happen before then. October 1. 1924 Here I am starting a new month again. I am on the train railing towards Elko, B.C. again have arrived o.k. and wrote a letter to Louisa while I was in town. Our sleeping quarters sure look out of place the spring and the mattress were all gone and we found our bedding piled in a heap on the floor. We learned that the men were to move to camp now. So we have moved and so that changes our address. October 2, 1924 It has been raining today, but we worked just the same. October 3,1924 It has rained all night and is still raining. Today we are not working on account of the rain. October 4, 1924 It was still sprinkling this morning but it did not amount to much. We worked all day today and have got orders that we were to start again in the morning. I thought we were going to Sunday to ourselves. but it don't look like it. We are going to slice the boom on the big hoist that is going to run the clam shell. October 5, 1924 Today is Sunday and it sure is a nice day. We have to work eight hours today and get payed for ten. I missed Louisa today. We enjoyed last Sunday together at least I did especially home from town. I never went to church Louisa Dear. October 6, 1924 Today is Monday and is a fine day. I received a letter from Louisa today and it was sure interesting. I can't think of anything to write in my letter anymore. I have told Louisa all I could about the place where I am working. October 7 & 8, 1924 There has been nothing interesting those last two days. October 9, 1924 Nothing has happened in particular. Oct 10. 1924 I received a letter from louisa today and I sure was tickled to get it. October 11, 1924 Nothing worth mentioning. October 12, 1924 Today is Sunday again and I wish I were at home so I could be with Louisa, because when I don't feell very good she makes me feel happy anyway. I went to work without my breatfast and decided to eat my dinner and supper at the Columbia and it sure made me feel better. There is church to night but I am not going for I believe the best place for me tonight is in bed. I know Louisa would like me to go. October 13, 1924 I was looking for a letter from Louisa today but did not get one. What do you think about it. Would you have been disappointed if you was me? "Diary" I think you would! October 14, 1924 I have eaten my last meal at the camp to night and I sure am tickled although I would not mind eating there if the grub was fit for a white man. October 15, 1924 I have had my first meal at Mrs. Foiceys this morning and it sure was good to taste a clean meal again. What do you know about I got a letter from Louisa Dear on the noon train. One of the men brought it and one from Mother up to me from camp and he gave me the one from Mother and kept the one from Louisa. The one I was most anxious to read first because it was so near one o'clock and I was so anxious to hear from my Sweetheart again. I seems such a long time between mails. October 16, 1924 This was sure a nice day. I would have liked nothing better than to have Louisa with me and strole around all day taking pictures and having a good time. Wouldn't that be great? "Diary" There is a school teacher boarding here and she ask me to get my glad raggs on that she was going to have company but I did not think I had any business interfering with their pleasure. My room is a joining sitting room. Mrs. Moore that is the teacher is playing the piano. Not Mrs. R. Moore. Her husband is dead and she sure is a talker full of fun and mischief. I wished Louisa was here tonight we could join the crowd. What do you think Louisa Dear said in her letter. I want us to always be pals real good pals always be sweethearts no matter what happens. Won't that be great. Louisa Dear that is what I have always wished for too. I have been planning the floor for the dance tomorrow night. What do you think I received a lovely little letter from Louisa today and I believe it was the sweetest letter that I have received and it sure made me feel happy. I would of liked to have been with her I would hug her so tight. October 18, 1924 I have been working on the forms for the dam. The dance is tonight but I am going to stay at home and have a good sleep. Don't you think that a wise idea. "Diary." October 19, 1924 Today is Sunday again but we don't have to work today. I wish that Louisa was here for I am going to take some pictures and I am sure she would enjoy going down to the canyon with me. I know I had but how much nicer it would have been. If we both had of been together even for one Sunday and today was such a grand day. Good night Louisa Dearest sweet dreams. October 20, 1924 Today is Monday and has been a nice day. I have been building forms all day. October 21, 1924 I was awfully disappointed today for I expected a letter from Louisa today and I did not get one. But I know I will get one tomorrow. If I don't I will think that Louisa is sick or something has happened that she can't write. October 22, 1924 I have received my long looked for letter from Louisa. Isn't that grand. I would like this one every day. I would have liked to sneak up behind Louisa and kissed her till she could not see to write anymore. I would not let her write anymore. October 23, 1924 This has been a fine day and we have worked all day. October 24,25,26,27, 1924 I have received a lovely letter from my loving Sweet heart and closest pal and have sent one on the return mail. October 28, 1924 I received a letter from Louisa Dear today and I was tickled to get it. I hope Louisa is happier when she writes again. Don't you Diary. October 29, 1924 The water is cold this morning for I was sampling it I got wet to my waist. It is like Winter today. October 30, 1924 I received a letter from the Sweetest girl in the world today and it sure was grand. I wish I could write like you can Louisa Sweetheart. October 31, 1924 To night is Halloween. One year ago tonight I went to a party that meant everything to me. How beautiful Louisa looked that night. I had been away for ten days but it seemed like a year to me. When I got home and they told me that there was a party I was undecided whether to go or not for I knew if Louisa was there I could not help but go to her and I did not want to because it would be that much harder to seperate from her again. I went and sure enough Louisa was there, no presence made me feel so happy even if it was to be shattered when the party broke. In the morning I did not know what to do. I knew that I had asked a lot but I had hoped to make up for it if Louisa would make her decision. Until then I could not do anything but wait my chance to see her and get a definate answer. Louisa and her Mother came down in the forenoon and I asked Louisa what she had decided when I received the answer I could have kissed her there and then. But I decided to wait until we were engaged. Louisa had proven her love for me but I had yet to prove my love for her. Louisa Sweetheart you may decide whether I have or not. Nov 1, 1924 I have worked all day but it has been cold and snowing all afternoon. November 2,1924 Today is Sunday, Louisa Dearest. I wish I were with you we could enjoy the warmth in the sitting room together today. Especially this morning there is a white blanket on the ground and it is still snowing and blowing we worked till noon today. The sun is coming out and the snow is going fast. November 3, 1924 Have been doing odd jobs today. November 4, 1924 I has been snowing today. I received a letter today from Louisa Dearest. November 5, 1924 It is snowing like fury this morning, we did not go to work till noon. November 6, 7, 8, 1924 The same a usual have been working around the camp. November 9, 1924 I feel lonesome to-night. I wish that I were with Louisa Sweetheart that we might be together. November 10, 1924 Just think one year ago to night Louisa made me happy. We were engaged to be married. How I wished I were with her to night that we might be as happy as we were one year ago. We would go to the show the same as we did before. I wonder what Louisa is doing tonight. I hope that she feels more happy than I do. I am sitting by the fire wishing that I were with my sweetheart. Something inside is making me feel sick for you Dear. I have felt that way several times before but not near as much as to-night. I hope you don't feel the same way Dear for it isn't a very pleasant feeling. November 11, 1924 It has been quite cold today. All the work stoppped at two minutes to eleven. The whistles blew and at eleven the cannons started roaring on the Rob't & Lee in remembrance of Armistice Day when peace was declared. Louisa Dear I am getting worse every time I write. I have finished my Diary shall I start another. Names in the Diary Kipp, Alberta August 25 - Sept 4, 1924 East Cootney Power Co. Elko, B.C. Rob't & Lee Father - Robert William Irving Mother - Mary Agnes McConnell Irving Self - Adam Clifford Irving brother - Bob (Robert William Irving) brother - George Irving Clifford's Uncle and Aunt (his mothers sister) - Thomas Gregory & Annie McConnell Bligh - Salem, Oregon John Alonzo Dragoo Forrest Euzell Taylor Dragoo brother-in-law - Harry Moore sister - Roma Moore Sweet Heart - Louisa Elizabeth Dragoo sister - Albert Dragoo sister - Nellie Dragoo brother - Virgil Dragoo Mrs. Hill Johnsen's Jim _____ ______ Rogers Cameron Ranch Mrs. Easts Mt Cook ____ Lee ____Queens W Russels Mrs. Foicys Mrs Moore - teacher The End of a Diary

Life timeline of Adam Clifford Irving

1903
Adam Clifford Irving was born in 1903
Adam Clifford Irving was 11 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Adam Clifford Irving was 17 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
Adam Clifford Irving was 27 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Adam Clifford Irving was 38 years old when World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, intending to neutralize the United States Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Adam Clifford Irving was 50 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Adam Clifford Irving was 66 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
Adam Clifford Irving died in 1976 at the age of 73
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Grave record for Adam Clifford Irving (1903 - 1976), BillionGraves Record 11174263 Taber, Division No. 2, Alberta, Canada

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