Neil (nt) wrote,

Tired tonight. A good night's sleep and a cup or two of diner coffee, and I'll be alright.

I just got an e-mail from my brother with more family tree info. My father's Uncle Francis, who died in France during WW I, lived in a town called Frank at the time of the Frank Slide -- a rock slide that buried much of this Alberta town in 1903, killing 70 people. I've been to the site of the Frank Slide several times.

From my brother's e-mail: "He was a coal miner living in a mine bunkhouse close to Turtle Mountain. Apparently the slide FLEW OVER the bunkhouse leaving it untouched, but destroyed most of the rest of the town." Eighty-two million tonnes of limestone flying over your head in the middle of the night -- talk about a wake-up call...

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