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February 5, 2013

Another Story About Flying.

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Another Story About Flying.
by Dick Hunt, February 5th, 2013.

While my Brother Bill was still Ranching in the Cessford district in eastern Alberta, he was a guest at a wedding on a Ranch on the banks of the Red Deer River. He flew in with his Aeronca Sedan and was having a great visit with a large group of the Ranching fellowship from a large area. Following the wedding and the reception, the Bridegroom went to start his car to load up for the honeymoon trip. It wouldn’t start. Zilch. In due course someone who knew something about Auto-Mechanics, discovered the Distributor Rotor was missing. And shortly after, ‘someone found a Rotor’ and in the process of installing it, broke it. Subsequently it was discovered that there was a real hotshot Ford Car Salesman in the Community because there were eight other vehicles on hand with 1952 Ford Motors and identical Rotors. Someone offered to take the Rotor out of their vehicle and loan it to the Bridegroom. It was broken in the process. In fact, every other Rotor on the Ranch was broken, putting all the 1952 Ford vehicles out of commission. That was when all the Ford owners became aware their Rotors were very fragile.

So Bill jumped in his plane and flew across the River to the Town of Duchess and bought a whole case of new Ford 1952 Rotors and came back quickly, armed with the latest instructions on how to install them without breaking them. The assembled company was grateful, Bill was happy to help and the Honeymoon was saved. That is just one of the services that Bill was able to contribute in that sparsely populated Cattle country beyond the reach of public transportation, and good all weather roads .
That was while Bill still a Bachelor. After we built Bill a new house on the Ranch, he hired a couple with two infant daughters to help with the operation. So now there was an experienced Ranch Hand to help with the Ranch work and a good cook to feed the crew. And Bill was a bit more free to move around. He liked the sound of the voice of one of the Telephone operators in the Town of Brooks and they got to know each other. They got acquainted with each others families, became engaged and were married in the Anglican Church in Brooks. The Plane was in need of an engine change and a major overhall They purchased a new Motor in Canada, had it loaded into the space normally occupied by the back seat and flew off happily to the Aeronca Factory in Chicago for their honeymoon and with two way Radio, felt more secure when accessing strange airports. Going back to Canada they had the back seat properly installed again with room for their baggage,

So Bill and Lee settled in at the Ranch and began to raise a family. They had four daughters; Barbara, Susan, Maureen, Wilma and a son, Harold. They had several Grand- children and finally the Cessford Ranch was sold and they moved to the original Hunt Ranch where Bill and I and our eldest Brother and only sister came into the world. Bill and his family pioneered the soon to become popular breed of Cattle known as French Charolais and built a strong breed consciousness in Canada. Bill became the Alberta Charolais Association Chair, then the Canadian Association Chair and finally the World Association Chair, providing great leadership, while still maintaining the home Ranch. Sadly, he developed ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) which took his life in his prime at the age of 71. Lee still lives on the home Ranch.

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